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Obligations of international protection applicants

As an international protection applicant in Greece, it is your obligation:

  • To remain in Greece until the examination of your application is completed.
  • To cooperate with the Greek authorities regarding any issue in relevance with your application and the verification of your personal data.
  • To go in person to the Asylum Service in order to renew your card before it expires and, at the latest, on the next business day after its expiry date.
  • To immediately inform the Asylum Service regarding the address of your residence and your contact information and any change in them. The Asylum Service is going to send documents related to your case, to the address that you have declared.
  • You must abide by the deadlines as determined throughout the different stages of the procedure of examination of your application.
  • To reveal your real financial status in case you are provided with benefits by the State.
  • To comply with the obligations that apply in case you are housed in a Reception Center or other facility.

Rights of international protection applicants

As an international protection applicant in Greece:

  • Your deportation is prohibited until the examination of your application is completed.
  • You may move freely across the country, unless specific areas of the country where you may move freely are determined on the card that you are provided with.
  • If you are homeless, you may be hosted in a Reception Center or other facility.
  • You have the right to work under the conditions set by the Greek law.
  • As an employee, you have the same rights and obligations, regarding social security, as any Greek citizen.
  • You have the right to receive hospital, medical and pharmaceutical treatment free of charge, provided that you are uninsured and indigent.
  • Your children have access to the public educational system free of charge, and so do you, in case you are a child.
  • You have access to vocational training.
  • If you are a disabled person with a disability percentage of 67% and above, you have the right to receive a disability allowance, provided that your housing in a Reception Center is not possible.
  • While being an asylum applicant, you cannot travel outside Greece.
  • While being an asylum applicant, you cannot transfer your family from your country of origin to Greece.

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