The Form G-1256, is a Declaration of an USCIS interview being conducted with an Interpreter. Not all the applicants are fluent in the English language and they require an interpreter to act as an intermediate between themselves and the interviewer. This form documents the interviewee authorizing an interpreter to provide translation from the English language to a language the interviewee is fluent in, during the process of interview. It also documents that the interpreter completely understands the requirements of the role and the confidential nature of the role. Form G-1256 also documents the discretion of the interviewer to deny the interpreter permission for the entire interview or during certain portions of the interview.
Any applicant not fluent in the English language is allowed to bring an interpreter to the interview to aid in the communication process. In that case, the interviewee has to complete Form G-1256 and bring it to the interview. The form is available online or can be obtained from the USCIS office prior to the interview at the request of the applicant.
The Form G-1256 clearly advices the interpreter of their duty to interpret the full content and information accurately, in good faith and to uphold the confidentiality of the interview. It also records the interviewees consent that personal information related to the benefit request will be heard by the interpreter during the course of the interview.
Before the interview begins, the interpreter must interpret the contents of the form to the interviewee. At the beginning of the interview, the USCIS officer will assess to confirm that the interviewee completely understands the contents, fills the form and both the interviewee and the interpreter must sign the form. The USCIS reserves the right to deny permission for any proposed interpreter. However, the applicant will be offered an opportunity to bring in another interpreter or reschedule the interview to find a better interpreter. The applicant may also choose to go ahead with the interview without an interpreter.