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Your right to appeal and the second instance examination

  • If your application is rejected, or you are granted a status of subsidiary protection and you believe that you are entitled to a refugee status, you have the right to submit an appeal to the Appeals Authority.
  • You will have to submit your appeal to one of the Regional Asylum Offices or to the dispatched unit of the Regional Asylum Offices that delivered the decision to you, within the deadline mentioned in the decision you received.
  • This deadline starts on the next day after the date you received the decision. However, if you have not received the decision and you have not gone to renew your card on the next business day after its expiry at the latest, then the deadline will start on that day (i.e. the day after the card's expiry date).
  • Your appeal will be examined by the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee usually examines appeals based on the evidence in your file and does not call you for an interview. However, you will be notified about the date that your appeal will be examined, and about when you can submit, in case you wish so, any additional evidence that the Appeals Committee should take into account.
  • During the examination of your appeal, you may explicitly withdraw it at any time you wish. You must go in person to the Regional Asylum Office where you submitted your appeal and explicitly withdraw it in writing. If you explicitly withdraw your appeal, it will not be examined and you will have to abandon the country if you do not possess any other permit of legal residence in Greece.
  • The Asylum Service may consider that you are not interested in the continuation of the examination of your appeal (implicit withdrawal) and reject it in the following cases:
    • a) if you refuse to provide information which was asked by the authorities and is of great importance for your application, or
    • b) if you escape from your place of detention or
    • c) if you do not comply with the obligations the Police has imposed to you instead of detaining you or
    • d) if you leave the area of residence which was determined for you by the authorities without informing them beforehand or
    • e) if you leave the country without asking permission from the Asylum Service or
    • f) if you do not immediately inform the Asylum Service regarding changes in your address and your contact information, or
    • g) if you do not come in contact with the Asylum Service after being requested to do so, or
    • h) if you do not go to renew your card during the next business day after its expiry date at the latest.
  • In case the Appeals Committee decides to call you for an interview, you will be notified accordingly five (5) business days before the date of the interview, at the latest. You have the right to go to the Appeals Committee accompanied by a lawyer or other counselor. Even if you do not go to the Appeals Committee, your appeal's examination will proceed regularly.
  • The Appeals Committee will decide to either grant you refugee status, subsidiary protection status, or reject your appeal.
  • The procedure in order to receive the decision issued by the Appeals Committee is the same as the procedure followed for the receipt of the decision issued by the Asylum Service.
  • In case your appeal is rejected, or in case the decision grants you a status of subsidiary protection and you believe that you are entitled to a refugee status, you may submit an application of revocation (cancellation) to the appropriate court of law. The cancellation application does not have an automatic suspensive effect, meaning that your removal from the country is possible.

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