New Asylum Rules in France

France is among the countries that provide lots of support for asylum seekers and immigrants who do not have a place to stay in their home country. As it is known, the asylum cases are quite sensitive all over the world, so France makes no exception. Our immigration lawyers in France can provide legal advice for citizens looking for asylum in France.

How do I make an asylum application for France?

First of all, it is important to know that there is no time limit for asylum applications, meaning that such an application can be made even after a few years of living in France. The asylum application starts with SPADA or the “Structure de Premier Accueil pour Demandeurs D’asile”, as it is known, the reception center for all asylum seekers. The following details comprise a few of the conditions for obtaining asylum in France:

  •  Ofii is the French Office for Immigration and Integration that verifies the asylum applications.
  •  Spada will provide you with a set of documents solicited by Ofii.
  •  The asylum request registration form can be completed with the help of our French immigration lawyers.
  •  The asylum application form must comprise information about the date of entry in France, the country of origin, the itinerary, and civil status.

According to the immigration and asylum laws in France, persons looking for a home in this country and who do not have identification documents will have to present all the personal details and information at the time the application is made. Next, the Spada will schedule an appointment with the prefecture, and particularly with GUDA (Guichet Uniques de Demande D’asile) for further verifications of asylum applications. Legal advice is required for the entire asylum procedures, so you might want to talk to one of our French immigration attorneys.

How is the asylum interview?

The interview with the French authorities can be handled by the local institutions or organizations, as part of the pre-registration phase, with the mention that the appointment needs to take place within 3 days after the asylum application is made. The interview needs to be sincere and foreigners will have to tell the entire story and information about the country of origin, about the family, and reasons why they are looking for a new home. It is important to have legal advice in front of the authorities and be prepared before the interview, in order to avoid a refusal for your case. Feel free to address our immigration attorneys in France and solicit immediate legal advice.

What is the Dublin Procedure?

The Dublin regulation regarding the asylum seekers is recognized by 32 European countries, including in France, and refers to a set of eligibility criteria, in order to determine if a person can receive asylum or not. Children under 18 years of age, children without parents, or those who have relatives in France can enter the attention of Dublin regulations. In this case, asylum seekers can ask for humanitarian protection in France and can get in touch with specific organizations for support and help.

As for the asylum interviews, these can take place in the country where the person lives, mentioning that the authorities of both countries (France and the country of origin) will have to collaborate and exchange relevant information. The process might take up to several months, and during this time, asylum seekers will have to stay in the country they live in, receive accommodation, medical care, food, education, etc. However, in the case of citizens from was zones, humanitarian protection is provided right away. The United Nations Refugees Agency in Paris oversees all the asylum applications that are registered in France. The Dublin procedure applies for persons who want asylum in another country or if the family reunion is required. We also mention that the Dublin Procedure is a set of laws that regulates which of the 32 European countries where this set of rules is applicable, is in control for deciding the asylum application.

Here are some details and facts about refugees and asylum in France:

  • More than 46,000 Dublin requests have been registered in France in 2019.
  • About 5,335 refugee transfers were made from France to countries like Germany, Italy, or Spain in 2019.
  • More than 154,000 of asylum seekers were registered in France in 2019, as reported by OFPRA (Office of Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons).
  • More than 9,900 citizens from Afghanistan asked for asylum in France last year.

Asylum seekers and refugees need legal advice if they want to relocate to France. One of our French immigration lawyers can provide complete support and guidance, so contact us right away.