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The examination procedure of International protection applications

  • On the date determined by the Service, you will be interviewed by an Asylum Service employee. You will have to answer his questions with absolute truthfulness, testify complete descriptions of true incidents and not conceal any element that is relevant to your application. If you make false statements on any incident or claim, you are going to negatively affect the judgment of your application.
  • During the interview, the Asylum Service employee is particularly going to ask you questions regarding the information mentioned in your application, your identity information, how you came to Greece, the reasons why you left your country of origin, or the country where you used to live in case you are a stateless person, and the reasons why you cannot or you do not wish to go back to that country. During the interview you may also submit any other evidence you consider necessary.
  • If you are not able to communicate with the Asylum Service employee due to a language barrier, an interpreter will be present in the interview.
  • You can go to the interview accompanied by a lawyer or other counselor (legal expert, doctor, psychologist or social worker).
  • Everything you say during the interview is confidential.
  • The interview may be recorded. At the end of the interview, the Asylum Service employee will write a report that will include your basic claims and all the substantial evidence of the interview. In case the interview is not recorded, the employee will write a text (minutes) to include all the questions and answers in the interview. In this case you will have to check the text of the minutes with the assistance of the interpreter, verify its contents or ask for corrections and sign. Any time you wish, you may obtain a copy of the minutes or the report and the sound recording of your interview.
  • After the interview, the Asylum Service will decide to grant you refugee status, grant you a status of subsidiary protection, or reject your application.
  • When a decision upon your application is issued, the Asylum Service will notify you to receive it. You will be notified based on the contact information you have declared, either by a telephone call, a letter, a fax, or an e-mail.
  • The Asylum Service must notify the decision to you with the assistance of an interpreter in a language that you understand.
  • If you have not received the decision and you do not go to renew your card on the next business day after its expiry date at the latest, then the Asylum Service will consider that you have received the decision on that day.

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