Dublin III

When you submit your application for international protection, you will be fingerprinted. Any members of your family who are over 14 years old, will also be fingerprinted. The fingerprints will be entered into the European Central Database EURODAC, the aim of which is the implementation of the “Dublin III” Regulation.

The “Dublin III” Regulation determines which European state, of those bound by this regulation, is responsible for examining your application. The States which implement the “Dublin III” Regulation are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (hereafter “Dublin III” countries).
If you are an unaccompanied minor and a member of your family (parent, brother/sister, uncle/aunt, grandfather/grandmother) is legally present in a “Dublin III” country, this country is responsible for the examination of your application. If you are an unaccompanied minor and no members of your family is legally present in any of the “Dublin III” countries, your application will be examined by Greece.
If you are an adult and a member of your family, provided the family already existed in your country of origin, is present in one of the “Dublin III” countries States as a beneficiary of international protection or as an international protection applicant, if you so wish, that country is responsible for examining your application. Members of the family are considered to be: the spouse (husband or wife) or the life partner (not in all countries) and the minor unmarried children.
If you have a residence permit, the country responsible for the examination of your application is the “Dublin III” country that issued the residence permit, even if it has expired for two years.
If you have a visa, the country responsible for the examination of your application is the “Dublin III” country that issued the visa, even if it has expired for six months.
If you have more than one residence permit or visa, which “Dublin III” country is responsible for the examination of your application depends on the duration and the expiry date of the residence permits or visas.
If, before entering Greece, you illegally entered another “Dublin III” country, that country is responsible competent for the examination of your application. This responsibility expires twelve (12) months after the illegal entry.
In the event you were staying illegally in another “Dublin III” country for five consecutive months before submitting your application in Greece, then that “Dublin III” country is responsible for the examination of your application.
If you legally entered a “Dublin III” country, which does not require a visa, then that country is responsible for the examination of your application.
If you submitted your application in an international transit area of an airport of a “Dublin III” country, then that country is responsible for the examination of your application.
If you have already submitted an application in another “Dublin III” country, then that country is responsible for the examination of your application.
A “Dublin III” country may agree to examine your application on humanitarian grounds. If none of the aforementioned criteria is applicable in your case, then the country which is responsible for the examination of your application is Greece. If, based on the aforementioned criteria, another “Dublin III” country is responsible for the examination of your application and agrees to examine it, then your application in Greece will be rejected as inadmissible and you will be transferred to that country, at the latest within six months from the date it agreed to examine your application. You have the right to submit an appeal against this decision before the Appeals Authority, within the deadline stated in the decision which you were notified with. You must submit your appeal to the Regional Asylum Office or Asylum uUnit that notified you with the decision.. In order for the above criteria to be effectively implemented, when you submit your application for international protection, you must inform the Asylum Service regarding the following:

1) if you have a visa for any other “Dublin III” country,
2) if you have a residence permit for any other “Dublin III” country,
3) if you entered Greece illegally through another “Dublin III” country,
4) if you stayed illegally in another “Dublin III” country before coming to Greece, and for how long,
5) if any members of your family are legally present in another “Dublin III” country, and if that is the case, of their status of residence there.

You will have to provide all the required information and submit any evidence you have in your possession (e.g. residence permits, yours and those of your family members, documents regarding your family status or other certificates, visas, documents that certify your presence in another “Dublin III” State – such as travel tickets, hotel receipts etc).