Right of asylum

The rules on who obtains asylum are contained in the Geneva Convention.

Refugee is a person with a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

Those who do not have such a well-founded fear of being persecuted but whose life or health is threatened in their country of origin will receive subsidiary protection.

Asylum procedure

You have applied for asylum in Austria. Legal advisers and interpreters will help you in the asylum procedure. The authority in charge will process your application for asylum. You have to actively participate in this process.

You must provide all of your information to the authority in charge. For example, your name and date of birth. It is important that you tell the truth! The authority in charge will examine whether Austria or another country is competent for your asylum application. Show the authority in charge all the documents you have.


The authority in charge must be able to reach you in the course of the asylum procedure. You must come to the appointments on time.

You must remain in Austrian during your asylum procedure.