First instance

On the date determined by the Asylum Service, you will be interviewed by an Asylum Service employee. You will have to answer his/her questions with absolute truthfulness, present complete descriptions of true incidents, and not conceal any element that is relevant to your application. If you make false statements on any incident or claim, you are going to negatively affect the decision concerning your application. In particular, during the interview, the Asylum Service employee will ask you questions regarding the information you provided in your application, including information on your identity, how you came to Greece, the reasons for which you left your country of origin, or the country where you used to live in case you are a stateless person, and the reasons for which you may not or do not wish to return to that country. During the interview, you may also submit any other evidence you consider necessary.
If you are not able to communicate with the Asylum Service employee due to a language barrier, an interpreter will be present in the interview. You can attend the interview accompanied by a lawyer or other counselor (legal expert, doctor, psychologist or social worker). Everything you say during the interview is confidential. It will not be disclosed to the authorities of your country and your alleged persecutors, but it can be shared with other Greek authorities.
The interview may be audio recorded. The Asylum Service employee will write a transcript (full minutes of the interview) which includes all the questions and answers of the interview. If the interview is not audio recorded, you will have to check the text of the transcript with the assistance of the interpreter, verify its content or ask for corrections, and then sign it. You may, at any time, request and obtain a copy of the transcript and/or the audio record.After the interview, the Asylum Service will decide whether to grant you refugee status, subsidiary protection status, or reject your application. When the decision regarding your application will be issued, the Asylum Service will contact you in order to receive it. You will be contacted based on the contact information you have stated, either by telephone, letter, fax, or e-mail. The Asylum Service must notify the decision to you with the assistance of an interpreter in a language that you understand.
While the examination of your application is pending, you may explicitly withdraw it at any time you wish.