Legal Advice for Refugees
Legal Advice helps in the admission procedure, in the asylum procedure and if you have problems with the immigration police.
What is the asylum procedure?
Sometimes people have to flee their homeland due to famine or a war.
To be allowed to remain in Austria, they have to make an application for asylum. These people are called asylum seekers. They apply for asylum.
As soon as someone makes an application for asylum in Austria, a legal adviser is automatically assigned to him or her. This is prescribed by law.
The asylum procedure determines whether the people receive asylum and can remain in Austria or not.
What does Legal Advice do?
Legal Advice supports and accompanies asylum seekers during the whole asylum procedure.
- helps asylum seekers through personal advice
- helps with filling in applications and writing letters, for example when writing an appeal if the asylum application is rejected
- helps with the preparation of negotiations at the asylum court
- accompanies and represents the asylum seekers with questioning or negotiations at the asylum court
- helps with problems with the immigration police
for example, with deportation, detention or exclusion orders
The legal advisers work together with interpreters. These are people, who can speak several different languages. They interpret between the asylum seekers and advisers.
The interpreters are present at each advice meeting and each negotiation.
Where is the legal advice given?
The legal advisers come directly to the asylum seekers, for example to the initial reception centre or the immigration police.