The record/transcript

Your statements

The case owner will write down everything you say in the interview. The document is called the record/transcript. The record is very important for the decision in your asylum procedure.

At the end of the interview, the record will be read aloud. The interpreter will tell you exactly what it says. Listen carefully. Everything in the record must be correct. Everything must be written exactly the way you said it. Have you forgotten anything? Then say it now. Is the record inaccurate? Are there errors in the record? Please say so immediately! It will be corrected.

Then you have to sign every page. Your signature means: The record is correct, everything is true.

Only sign if everything is absolutely correct.

At the end of the interview, you can get a copy of the record. Ask for a copy of the record!


Your statements will be checked

The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum will check everything you say. The case owner works like a detective. He reads lots of reports about your home country.

The case owner might ask around in your home country. For example, if you told him about a specific attack or a commander, he will ask if this is correct. Your name will not be passed on to the authorities or the police in your home country.

Do you not want these checks to take place? Tell your representative and the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum. Please also tell them why.

Another interview?

The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum now has the record of the interview. Sometimes the authorities need to know more details. Then you will get another invitation to a second interview. This interview is just as important as the first. The rules are the same.

The case owner might ask questions you have already heard. You might have already answered them in earlier interviews. Prepare for the interview anyway. The case owner has a list of questions. He has to ask all the questions. Please answer them again.

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