The interviews after your arrival

Travel route and age

Before your interview, the police will photograph you and take prints of all 10 fingers.
Do not be scared.

Fingerprints are stored on the computer. A person can change their name, but fingerprints always remain the same on every person. All European police departments work together. They compare the fingerprints stored on the computer. The police see immediately if a person has been in a different country. The Dublin Procedure begins.

Show all your documents/papers to the police. For example: passport, doctor’s letters, school reports, photos. The police need this information. The police can check your documents and papers.

The police will ask you questions, for example about things like:

• Home / your country
• Family / relatives
• Birthday / age
• Route / journey / countries

Answer all questions as well as you can. Is there an answer you do not know? Say “I do not know”. Only say what you know for sure. That is okay.

Please tell the truth.

Has somebody told you what you should say? For example the person who brought you to Austria? The information from these people is often false. Please tell the police your true story. Please tell them what you know. Tell the police about the people who told you what you should say.

At the end of the interview with the police, the record/transcript will be read aloud (information on the record is here). The interpreter will tell you exactly what it says. Listen carefully.

Is everything in the record written the way you said it? Only sign if you are sure it is correct. You will have more interviews later. All of your interviews will be compared.

You can get a copy of the record. Ask for a copy of the record.

The police in Austria

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In Austria, the police have various tasks. Have you applied for asylum? The police will write down your name, ask questions about your travel route and take your fingerprints. A different authority – the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum – will decide on your application. But they know what you have told the police.

Bild: © BMI Gerd Pachauer

The police also deals with crimes. If somebody does something bad to you – hits you, steals from you, threatens you, forces you to work – please go to the police. They will help you. Also talk to your care worker.

  • What is child trafficking? Children and adolescents are forced to work, beg, steal or sell sex. Child trafficking is forbidden. All children and adolescents are protected by the law. Please say if you are
    being forced to work for somebody. The police helps children and adolescents.


Important information

Removal of money

The police can check to see how much money you have when you come to Austria. If you have more than 120 euros, the police can take away the rest; they are only allowed to take a maximum of 840 euros from you. 17 euros are deducted for each day you spend at the camp. When you are taken to your new accommodation, you will be given any remaining money back. If you have questions about this, get in touch with your legal advisor.

Removal of mobile phones

The police can also take your mobile phone from you to check who you are and how you got to Austria. The police are only allowed to do this if you do not have any other documents with you to answer these questions. They also have to give the mobile phone back to you as soon as they are finished with it. If you have questions about this, go to your legal advisor.

Do I need to speak German?

You can speak in your language. There is an interpreter present at every interview. Interpreters speak your language and German. They repeat in German exactly what you say in your language. They tell you exactly what the case owner/interviewer asked.

Interpreters are language mediators, not judges. Interpreters are not allowed to state their opinion. Interpreters have to be neutral. Interpreters are not allowed to share any information. Do you not understand the interpreter? Do you think he is not translating correctly? Does the interpreter scare you? Please say so immediately. There are no negative consequences

Will your asylum procedure take place in Austria?

The assessment that determines whether your asylum procedure is in Austria is called the Zulassungsverfahren [admission procedure]. The law that sets out these rules is called the Dublin Regulation.



  • The law states that children and adolescents should live with their family and their relatives. Does your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt or uncle live in an EU country? Do you want to go and stay with this person? Please tell your legal advisor and the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum. In which country does your family / do your relatives live? The Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum will ask this country if it will take charge of your asylum procedure.
  • Please do not continue your journey alone, even if the wait is long. This is dangerous.


Sometimes, during the admission procedure, you will receive an appointment for an interview with the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum.

Do you want something to drink? Do you need a break? Please say so. Are you ill? Please say so.

• The Federal Ministry might ask you again about your travel route or your age, or your family.
• If you have already received protection in another country, the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum will check whether you can go back there. If you do not want that, please tell them exactly why not.

What is the European Union (EU)?

The European Union is a group of 27 countries in Europe. The European Union is also called the “EU” for short. The countries have agreed that they want to work together and help each other.