If your application is rejected, or if you are granted subsidiary protection status and you believe that you are entitled to refugee status, you have the right to submit an appeal to the Appeals Authority.
You will have to submit your appeal to the Regional Asylum Offices or Asylum Unit that notified you with the decision within the deadline stated in the decision.
The deadline starts the next day after the date you were notified with your decision. However, if, for any reason, you were notified with the decision, the deadline to submit an appeal will be 60 days from the expiry date of your card or from the date of issuance of the decision, depending on the case. Your appeal will be examined by an Independent Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee usually examines appeals based on the evidence in your file and does not conduct a hearing of the applicant. However, you will be informed of the date that your appeal will be examined, as well as of your right to submit additional evidence for the Independent Appeals Committee to take into account, if you wish so.
During the examination of your appeal, you may explicitly withdraw it at any time you wish. You must go in person to the Regional Asylum Office where you submitted your appeal and explicitly withdraw it in writing. If you explicitly withdraw your appeal, it will not be examined and you will have to leave the country if you do not possess any other permit of legal residence in Greece. The Independent Appeals Committee may consider that you are not interested in the continuation of the examination of your appeal (implicit withdrawal) and, therefore, to discontinue its examination in the following cases:
a) if you refuse to provide information which is of great importance for your application, or
b) if you escape from your place of detention or
c) if you do not comply with the obligations the Police has imposed to you instead of detaining you or
d) if you leave the area of residence which was determined for you by the authorities without informing them beforehand or
e) if you leave the country without asking permission from the Asylum Service or
f) if you do not immediately inform the Asylum Service regarding changes in your home address and your contact information, or
g) if you do not come in contact with the Appeals Authority after being requested to do so, or
h) if you do not submit documents that you have in your possession or you ought to have in your possession, or
i) if you do not renew your card during the next working day after its expiry date at the latest.
In case the Independent Appeals Committee decides to call you for a hearing, you will be notified at least five (5) working days before the date of the hearing. You have the right to present yourself to the Appeals Committee accompanied by a lawyer or other counselor. Even if you do not present yourself before the Appeals Committee, the examination of your appeal will proceed. The Independent Appeals Committee will decide either to grant you refugee status or subsidiary protection status, or reject your appeal. The procedure in order for you to be notified of the decision issued by the Appeals Committee is the same as the procedure followed for the decision issued by the Asylum Service.
If your appeal is rejected, or if you are granted subsidiary protection status and you believe that you are entitled to refugee status, you may submit an application of revocation (annulment) to the competent court of law. The revocation application does not have an automatic suspensive effect, meaning that your removal from the country is possible.