You can bring your own interpreter, however a program must not ask you to bring someone to interpret for you, or ask a friend or relative you brought with you to interpret.
Benefits of a professional interpreter:
- Professional interpreters are fluent in both languages.
- They interpret directly and clearly everything that you and the program staff say.
- Professional interpreters follow rules about interpreting.
- They keep your information private.
You may bring your own interpreter if you want to. But, if your friend is not a professional interpreter, it can cause problems.
Also, do not ask a child to interpret. A child is not a reliable interpreter. Children may not be able to understand all the words in English or in your language. The message may be too sensitive or delicate – not for a child’s ears. It is not fair to you or your child to ask them to interpret. Protect your child and yourself.
Demand a professional interpreter.