Italy: How to apply for international protection?

In case you want to seek asylum or international protection in Italy than this article is helpful for you. We have explained the basic steps and where to apply for asylum. Also, at last, we have given some useful links. 

Where You Can Apply

According to Italian law, one can apply for asylum at the Border Police upon arrival. But in case you are already in Italy then you can go to the Immigration Office of the Police and submit your form there.
There you have to give a written or oral statement saying you want asylum protection. However, you will get an interpreter to translate everything happening there. In case you are not given one you can ask immediately.
However, it is also possible that in certain cases interpreters for less-popular dialects may not be available at the questura ( Immigration Office of the Police ).

How to apply

After the form filling and registration process, you have to give your fingerprints. Apart from yours they make take the whole family fingerprints. Also, they will take photographs for the record.
Just for your information the fingerprinting and photographing process is called “fotosegnalamento” in Italian.
In case you are not having an address in Italy. Then it should not affect your eligibility for international protection.
However, during 2016 many applicants throughout Italy were denied asylum requests. Only because the applicant didn’t have an address.

Interview Process

After you complete all the formality you have to give an interview. The Territorial Commission will take your interview. Also, called as Territoriale per il Riconoscimento della Protezione Internazionale in Italian. You have to wait until you get an interview schedule.
The location of Territorial Commissions office are: Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Brescia, Cagliari, Caserta, Catania, Crotone, Firenze, Foggia, Lecce, Milano, Palermo, Roma, Salerno, Siracusa, Torino, Trapani, Trieste and Verona. Click here to see a full list.

How Long It Take

The Territorial Commission, in accordance with Italian law, interviews the applicant within 30 days of receiving the application and then takes a decision within 3 working days.
But in practice, this never happens. Also, it varies from by questura. Generally, people have to wait from 6 months to a year to be interviewed after filing their C3.
Check out the links below you may find some useful things. You can also take help from the local NGOs to seek asylum. 

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