Procedure

After the pre-registration of your request, you will be informed by the Asylum Service about the date and time of the full registration of your request, as well as the specific Regional Asylum Office (RAO) that you will have to present yourself. It is mandatory that you go to the RAO exactly at the date and time you have been told. This is the day that you will submit your international protection application.

During the full registration of your application:

  1. Your fingerprints and the fingerprints of any family members under 14 years old will be taken. The fingerprints will be registered to the European Central Database EURODAC. In case you have already submitted an international protection application in another European country that abides to the Dublin III Regulation, it is likely that you will be transferred to that country so that you have your application examined there.
  2. You will be asked questions concerning your personal details.
  3. You will be asked to hand in your travel documents (e.g. your passport).

The officers will request any other documents you may have verifying your identity and the identity of your family members who are also in Greece or another European country, your country of origin, as well as your family status documents.

Yes. During the full registration process, it is mandatory that an interpreter who speaks a language that you understand to be present.

During the full registration you have the right to request assistance by a lawyer or any other counselor of your choice (without the mediation of the Asylum Service), who will be with you during the whole time of the procedure. If you choose a paid lawyer/counselor, then these expenses must be covered by you.

If you are a woman, you can request to be interviewed by a female clerk of the Asylum Service assisted by a female interpreter given that there are any available at the time.

If you are a victim of tortures, rape or other serious forms of violence, you must inform the services in order to receive the necessary assistance. You can ask to contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or an organization offering legal, medical and psychological support.

You may also submit any additional document relevant to your request. You can keep submitting documents until the decision regarding your application is issued.