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The 2nd interview with the IND

Last updated: 8/30/2023, 11:16 AM
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You have the 2nd interview with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). This is an important interview for your asylum application. You explain in detail why you fled. You will be appointed a lawyer and undergo a medical examination.

You will be appointed a lawyer for the 2nd interview

You will be assigned a lawyer when the date of your second interview is known. You do not have to find this lawyer yourself. The

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Legal Aid Board (RvR)
will arrange a lawyer for you. The lawyer will have experience with the asylum procedure. You do not have to pay for the lawyer.

If you want to arrange a lawyer yourself and a lawyer takes your case, they need to let the RvR know. The RvR will then no longer look for a lawyer. If you arrange a lawyer yourself, this is also free.

You speak to your lawyer prior to the 2nd interview

Before the 2nd interview with the

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, you will have an interview with the lawyer. The lawyer will discuss with you the 1st interview with the IND and help you prepare for the 2nd interview. It does not matter if the lawyer speaks the same language as you. There is always an interpreter at your appointments.

To travel to the lawyer, you can ask COA for a day pass. With this day pass you can travel to your lawyer free of charge. You always need a valid ticket when travelling to or from your reception centre. 

You will have a medical examination before the 2nd interview

A nurse from the independent organisation

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examines whether you are physically and mentally healthy enough for the 2nd interview with the
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Read below about what happens in the medical examination:

The medical examination

This is what you need to know to prepare for the 2nd interview

  • During the interview, an IND employee asks questions about the reasons why you fled.

  • The IND employee will ask further questions based on your answers.

  • You can be interviewed by IND employee of your own sex if you wish. The IND employee will ask you about this during your application interview.

  • Be honest and explain in detail and clearly about why you fled.

  • Explain why you personally need protection. The IND is aware of the general situation in your country. Therefore, it is important that you explain why you are in danger.

  • Sometimes it is difficult to talk about your flight. Explain this clearly to the IND if you find it difficult to talk about anything or if there is something you do not remember.

  • If you have any scars, physical or psychological complaints related to your flight, tell the IND this. The IND may offer you a medical examination.

  • A

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    employee may be present at the interview if you wish. VWN will support you and, just like the IND, will compile a report of the interview. VWN may have written down different information than the IND. Sometimes this information is important. If your asylum application is rejected and you want to appeal, VWN's report can be used in the appeal.

  • The IND will compile a report of the interview. The day after the interview, discuss the IND report with your lawyer. Tell your lawyer if any information is missing or incorrect in the IND report.

An interpreter who speaks your language will be present at the interview

The IND employee asks the questions in Dutch. The interpreter translates them for you. The interpreter also translates your answers into Dutch. The interpreter comes from your country of origin, is independent, does not work for the IND and has no influence on the decision about your asylum application. As interpreters are very busy, you might get an interpreter who speaks a different dialect. Tell me immediately if the interpreter and you cannot understand each other properly. As it is important that no misunderstandings arise because the interpreter and you do not understand each other well.

You may ask during the application interview for an interpreter who speaks in your dialect and ask for an interpreter of your own gender.

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