After the interviews

After the interviews

The interviews are over. The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum has to get to work now. Please be patient. It will take several weeks or months before you get the decision. The
wait is a difficult time for many refugees.

What can you do?

  • Speak to your care workers. Make friends. Tell people how you are doing.
  • Do things that you enjoy.
  • Make use of the time and learn something new, for example German.
  • If you are under 18 years of age: Go to school. Find an apprenticeship.

The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum (BFA)

The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum has to comply with many laws. The most important law is the “Geneva Refugee Convention”. This law states which people should be given asylum. Asylum is given to people who are under threat in their country and who are not protected there.

 

  • For example: People facing major problems due to their religion.
  • For example: Boys and men having to fight with weapons.
  • For example: Girls and women being forced to marry.
  • For example: Girls being forced to undergo female circumcision

The decision by the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum is sent to you by post. The decision is positive or negative.

BBU Legal coucils will explain the decision to you.

INFORMATION FOR TEENAGERS UNDER 18 YEARS
  • Would you like to know exactly what the “Geneva Refugee Convention” says?
  • Your representative will explain the decision to you.

Have you received a positive decision?

Some  say “großes Asyl” [big asylum] or “getting a passport”. Austria is granting you asylum.

Asylum means:

  • You are allowed to stay in Austria.
  • You are given the right of residence in Austria for 3 years. After 3 years: Are you still under threat in your home country? Then you will be given an unlimited right of residence.
  • You are allowed to work.
  • You can get a passport, called a “Konventionspass” or “refugee travel document”. You can travel with this passport.
INFORMATIONEN FÜR JUGENDLICHE UNTER 18 JAHREN
  • If you are under 18 years old, you are allowed to bring your parents to join you in Austria (more information on this here).

Subsidiary protection

Some say “little asylum”, “visa” or “paragraph 8”. Subsidiary protection is given to people who are not safe in their home country.

For example: There is the threat of civil war and death in the home country.
For example: Somebody has a serious illness, but they cannot get medicine in their home country.

Subsidiary protection means:

  • You have a right of residence in Austria. It is only valid for 1 year. It can be extended.  If you are
    already 18 years old, you will have to make the application yourself. You have to make the application before your right of residence ends. You might then be awarded 2 years’ right
    of residence.
  • You are allowed to work.
  • You can get a passport, called a “Fremdenpass” [alien’s passport]. You can travel with this passport.
INFORMATIONEN FÜR JUGENDLICHE UNTER 18 JAHREN
  • Your representative has to make the application. Please ask your representative.
  • Has your right of residence been extended after 3 years? If you are under 18 years old, you can bring your parents to join you (more information on this here).

Du möchtest "Asyl" bekommen?

Do you want “asylum”? Please speak to a BBU Legal Counsel (contacts here) or your representative. They can help
you to submit a complaint to the Federal Administrative Court. You only have 4 weeks to submit a complaint. You will still have the subsidiary protection.

 

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