If you wish to seek asylum in Finland, you must travel to Finland. It is not possible to seek asylum abroad.
When you arrive in Finland, tell the border control authorities or the police as soon as possible that you wish to seek asylum. The authority that receives your asylum application registers your basic details, takes your fingerprints and checks the necessary registers. Your application is then placed in a queue at the Finnish Immigration Service. You are placed in the reception centre while your application is being processed.
The Finnish Immigration Service first investigates whether your application can be processed in Finland. Finland will not look into the grounds for 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 the Dublin Regulation.
If the grounds for your application are examined in Finland, the Finnish Immigration Service will invite you for an asylum interview. In the asylum interview, you should tell in as much detail as possible why you are seeking asylum. You should bring with you all possible evidence to prove that you are speaking the truth. The authorities will investigate whether you have grounds for being granted asylum.
If you receive a positive decision, you may acquire an apartment yourself or with the help of the reception centre. You may also receive a municipal place from a municipality that has undertaken to accept those who have been granted residence permits. ‘Municipal place’ means that the municipality has undertaken to organise for you a rental apartment, integration services, interpreting and translation services and education for your children, corresponding to their age, knowledge and skills.
If you receive a negative decision or withdraw your application before your decision has been made, you may apply for the voluntary return programme. Through voluntary return, you may receive assistance in returning to your home country.