The Rumour: “I’m not applying for asylum; I want to go to Europe. I’m not giving my fingerprints, because I’ll have to stay in Greece this way.”
In Fact: Fingerprinting is mandatory for asylum seekers in all EU countries, including Greece.
- You need to be fingerprinted at the moment of the full registration of your application so that the authorities know where you entered the EU and if you have previously applied for asylum in a EU country.
- If you have been apprehended by police or border guards after you irregularly entered an EU member state, your fingerprints are also taken at the time of your first arrival.
Fingerprints are sent to the Eurodac database where they are usually stored for 10 years.
If you move from one member state to another, you may be returned to the first European country of entry, which is responsible for examining your asylum claim on the basis of fingerprints stored in Eurodac.
If you miss the full registration appointment at GAS or refuse to register, your pre-registration card will be cancelled and you will have to restart the entire process through Skype.For more information: