Waiting for the decision

After your asylum interview, your application will be transferred to the processing queue and from there to one of our decision-makers.

You can see the expected processing time of your application in the Processing Time Checker.

As the processing time depends on the personal situation of each applicant, someone who arrived in Finland at the same time as you may receive a decision before you do. This is normal. Please simply wait for your decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if something is missing from your application.

Matters concerning an asylum seeker must be kept secret by law. Information about these can be disclosed only to the applicant himself or herself, or to the applicant’s legal representative. The purpose of the secrecy is to protect the applicant’s privacy and safety. Over email, we cannot verify the identity of the sender of a message. Because of this, we cannot reply by email to messages concerning an asylum application and give information about whether the person that the inquiry concerns is a customer of the Finnish Immigration Service or whether confidential information can be disclosed. If you send an inquiry concerning your own asylum application by email, we will reply to you personally by sending a letter to the address that you have given the Finnish Immigration Service. If you have a legal counsel, you can also ask him or her for help with making an inquiry.

You may live in a reception centre or private accommodation while your application is being processed.

Read more in the section Daily life in a reception centre.

Watch a video about waiting for the decision.