Applying for Asylum

Applying for Asylum

In order for one to apply for asylum in Finland he must reside outside of his home country or permanent country of residence and have a reason to fear for his well-being because of grounds such as but not limited to:

  • Political opinions.
  • Origin
  • Religion
  • Membership in a certain social group or
  • Nationality

A condition for applying for asylum is that because of your fear you are unwilling to turn to the country concerned for protection (Non-government organizations).

You must ask for asylum from border control authorities or the police upon your arrival in Finland or as soon as possible after arriving in Finland.

You may only apply for asylum in Finland while within the territory of the state of Finland. You may not apply for asylum from Finnish diplomatic mission abroad or by contacting Finnish authorities by regular mail or email.

Necessary Steps

  1. You may seek asylum if you have a well-founded fear of being persecuted in your home country.
  2. You must travel to Finland if you want to apply for asylum in Finland. You cannot seek asylum abroad.
  3. When you arrive in Finland, tell the border control authorities or the police as soon as possible that you want to seek asylum.
  4. The authority that receives your asylum application registers your basic details, takes your fingerprints and checks the necessary registers
  5. Your application is placed in a queue at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).
  6. You are placed in a reception centre where you will live and wait for your asylum interview.
  7. The Finnish Immigration Service will let you know as soon as possible when your asylum interview will be held. You do not need to contact the authorities and ask when your asylum interview will be held.
  8. At the asylum investigation, the Finnish Immigration Service first establishes your identity and travel route and decides whether your application can be processed in Finland.
  9. At the asylum interview you must tell about your reasons for seeking asylum in as much detail as possible. Bring all evidence with you that prove that you are telling the truth. In addition hire us and we will guide you through your interview as we have done with many other successful applications
  10. The Finnish Immigration Service examines whether you can be granted international protection or a residence permit on other grounds.
  11. The Finnish Immigration Service examines whether you can be granted international protection or a residence permit on other grounds.
  12. The Finnish Immigration Service examines whether you can be granted international protection or a residence permit on other grounds.
  13. If you receive a negative decision on your application, you can appeal against the decision to an administrative court.
  14. If you are allowed to stay in Finland, you will be placed in a municipality. This means that you will have a place to live in a municipality as soon as a municipality can receive you.

What You Need to Know

EU Dublin Regulation is one of the main reasons asylum applications are not examined. Your fingerprints are available to all the EU countries. If you have applied to one of the 28 countries and you have been rejected, the other countries automatically have all the information in the system, which prohibits you the basic examination of your new application.

  1. Your application will not be processed in Finland if you already have the right of residence in another safe country or if another country is responsible for examining your application under the EU Dublin Regulation.
  2. If you are not allowed to stay in Finland, you can apply for assisted voluntary return. You may get assistance for returning home through the system of assisted voluntary return.
  3. The procedure of your application may take more than 9 months, depending on the case. It is expected that this will change soon for better.