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Applying for asylum

When you arrive in Finland, immediately tell the border control authorities or the police that you want to apply for asylum.

A border control official or a police will register you as an asylum seeker. He or she will enter your basic details in the information register and take your fingerprints, signature and photograph. These are called biometric identifiers. He or she will also make the necessary checks in other information registers.

After the official has received your asylum application, you will be directed to a reception centre.

Watch a video about the processing of asylum applications.