You may be affected if you have been in the U.S. for less than 2 years AND:
- You entered the United States without contact with immigration authorities; OR
- You entered on a visa that was obtained by misrepresenting an important fact, or through
fraud, or did not belong to you.
If you fall in either of these categories (which means that you can be removed quickly from the U.S.) but you are afraid to return to your country of origin, and if you are stopped by an immigration officer, tell the officer right away that you request a Credible Fear Interview.
At this interview, an asylum officer will ask you questions about your fear of return. If you pass this interview, you will have the right to go to a regular immigration court and talk to a Judge about your case. For detailed information about Credible Fear Interviews, see the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project’s handout in English and Spanish.