When you are going through refugee or immigration processes, you might hear legal words that are difficult to understand. It is important to learn what these words mean so that you understand what you need to do and what your rights are.
These are examples of legal words you might hear:
A hearing is a formal meeting where a government official will make a decision after asking you questions and hearing what you have to say.
Evidence is something that can help prove that you are telling the truth.
An affidavit is something that you write and then swear that what you have written is true. “To swear” is like “to promise.”
A witness is someone else who can give more information about your situation. It might be a family member, a friend, a co-worker or someone else.