Do you need to be a licensed/certified interpreter to interpret for citizenship interview in CA?
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Haytham Boles  Identity Verified
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Feb 7, 2013

Hi fellow interpreters:

I have an upcoming assignment to interpret for an Iraqi lady who is taking the citizenship test in California soon. Do I need to be certified to be able to do so?

Anyone has any experience in this area?

Your feedback and help are much appreciated!

Thank you,
Haytham Boles
Arabic/Chaldean Interpreter/Translator


 

Liviu-Lee Roth
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a suggestion Feb 7, 2013

get in touch with the DHS/INS in CA and ask them if they accept you. Everything else is just an assumption.
Good luck !


 

Maria Baquero  Identity Verified
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I don't think so. Feb 8, 2013

I live in Georgia and have taken interpretation assignments for immigration purposes, once immigrants receive an appointment letter to be interviewed by US immigration officials to obtain legal residency, whether it is conditional or permanent. You don’t need to be certified to do that (at least in GA you don’t). I have done it for several years without any problem. At the end of the meeting they ask for your picture ID to make a copy for the case file. Now, you mention that your case is f... See more
I live in Georgia and have taken interpretation assignments for immigration purposes, once immigrants receive an appointment letter to be interviewed by US immigration officials to obtain legal residency, whether it is conditional or permanent. You don’t need to be certified to do that (at least in GA you don’t). I have done it for several years without any problem. At the end of the meeting they ask for your picture ID to make a copy for the case file. Now, you mention that your case is for the citizenship test. As far as I know, one of the requirements to become a US citizen is to speak English. I haven’t heard anyone requesting an interpreter for the citizenship test, when you have to answer questions individually. Are you sure it is for the citizenship test and not for a regular immigration appointment to obtain legal residency?Collapse


 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Most likely no, but you better check with the local office. Feb 8, 2013

Only if the lady is over 60, or if she has any serious learning disabilities certified by an immigration doctor, will they allow anybody to interpret for her. Otherwise, she has to speak English. You can check the age -- it may be 59.

 

Haytham Boles  Identity Verified
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Your valuable feedback is much appreciated! Feb 10, 2013

Maria Baquero wrote:

I live in Georgia and have taken interpretation assignments for immigration purposes, once immigrants receive an appointment letter to be interviewed by US immigration officials to obtain legal residency, whether it is conditional or permanent. You don’t need to be certified to do that (at least in GA you don’t). I have done it for several years without any problem. At the end of the meeting they ask for your picture ID to make a copy for the case file. Now, you mention that your case is for the citizenship test. As far as I know, one of the requirements to become a US citizen is to speak English. I haven’t heard anyone requesting an interpreter for the citizenship test, when you have to answer questions individually. Are you sure it is for the citizenship test and not for a regular immigration appointment to obtain legal residency?




Hi Maria,

Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback on the topic. I appreciate your help!

Yes, it is for the citizenship test. The lady has health and learning problems.

Best regards,
Haytham Boles


 

Haytham Boles  Identity Verified
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Your valuable feedback is much appreciated! Feb 10, 2013

lee roth wrote:

get in touch with the DHS/INS in CA and ask them if they accept you. Everything else is just an assumption.
Good luck !


Hello Lee,

Thank you for your valuable comment!

Kind regards,
Haytham Boles


 

Haytham Boles  Identity Verified
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Your valuable feedback is much appreciated! Feb 10, 2013

LilianBoland wrote:

Only if the lady is over 60, or if she has any serious learning disabilities certified by an immigration doctor, will they allow anybody to interpret for her. Otherwise, she has to speak English. You can check the age -- it may be 59.




Hi Lilian,

Thank you so much Lilian!

Best wishes,
Haytham


 


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