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On this page there is information about seeking asylum in Finland

In Finland the decision on asylum is always made on a case-by-case basis

Each asylum application is processed individually.  After you have submitted your application, the handling process will proceed as follows:

  • The Finnish Immigration Service will determine whether your application can be processed in Finland. Finland will not investigate your asylum application if you already have the right of residence in another safe country, or if some other country is responsible for processing your application based on joint EU treaties.
  • If your application is processed in Finland, the Finnish Immigration Service will invite you to an asylum interview and, if necessary, obtain additional information about your situation.
  • After investigating your situation, the Finnish Immigration Service will decide whether to grant you asylum or another kind of residence permit, or whether you will receive a negative decision.

The assessment will consider what you yourself have said, the evidence you have presented, individual reasons and information acquired by the Finnish Immigration Service. The decision-maker will look at your situation specifically: whether you have legal grounds for a residence permit and whether you can return to your home country. Current information on the conditions in the country in question will also influence the decision.

It is important to be honest in the interview

In the asylum interview, you must speak the truth and tell as accurately as possible the reasons why you are seeking asylum in Finland.

In order to facilitate the processing of your case, you should bring with you all possible evidence to prove that the things you are saying are true. The Finnish Immigration Service will examine the truthfulness of the information that you give.

The Finnish Immigration Service will store key information about you in the Aliens Register. This information may be reviewed later when you have dealings with the authorities – for example, if one of your family members applies for a residence permit in Finland.

Providing false information or concealing facts may cause problems later. For example, getting your family to Finland may become difficult or your asylum may be cancelled.

Read more:
Information for asylum seekers (PDF)

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