*The following process also applies to Ukrainian nationals that have been rejected and haven’t obtained the Temporary Protection status.
What are the fingerprinting and why I need to do this process?
Your fingerprints are used to keep track of:
- Where you entered Europe
- Where in Europe you asked for asylum
Your fingerprints are entered into the European Central Database, or Eurodac, which helps determine which European country is responsible for examining your application under an agreement called Dublin III. Eurodac usually keeps fingerprint information for about 10 years.
Greece will fingerprint you:
- When you get your police note
- When you attend your Full Registration appointment, if you were not fingerprinted at Pre-Registration
You cannot apply for Family Reunification, or asylum in Greece without giving your fingerprints.
If you do not give the Greek Asylum Service your fingerprints, your application will be examined under the “accelerated procedure,” which means that most likely your asylum claim will be rejected.
Other European countries may use Eurodac to find out if you first entered Europe via Greece, then ask Greece to take you back under Dublin III.