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Frequently asked questions about the shorter General Asylum procedure

You have Syrian, Yemeni or Turkish nationality. Or you are stateless and come from Syria. You applied for asylum before 1 January 2020. You would like to know more about the shorter General Asylum procedure. Under this process you will have both the initial interview and the detailed interview on Day 1.

Why has the IND chosen this group?

Over the last year, it appears that the IND needed less time for the interviews for this group. This is because many people from this group have the right to asylum. It concerns a large group of people.

I belong to this group. When will my procedure start?

The IND will start with the people who applied for asylum first. The IND cannot advise exactly when your procedure will start.

For how long will the IND process applications from this group more quickly?

The IND will do this for at least half a year. Afterwards, the IND will check whether the processing times have actually become less. And whether we need to continue for longer.

What does this shorter process look like?

The shorter AA procedure looks like this:

Day 1 Initial interview and detailed interview
Day 2 Follow-up talk with lawyer, plus submission of corrections and additions
Day 3 Decision by IND
Day 4 Issue of decision (approval or transfer to Extended Asylum procedure (Verlengde Asielprocedure or VA))

Instead of a maximum of 8 days, the AA procedure for this group will in most cases take 4 days.

The process for other nationalities in Track 4 looks like this:

Day 1 Initial interview
Dag 2 Follow-up talk with lawyer, submission of any corrections and additions to the initial interview and preparation for the detailed interview
Day 3 Detailed interview
Day 4 Submission of corrections and additions to the detailed interview
Day 5 Decision by IND
Day 6
Issue of decision (approval or transfer to VA) or submission of a viewpoint regarding an intended decision
Day 7 Decision by IND (in the case of communication of an intended decision)
Day 8 Issue of decision

What does this mean for other nationalities?

This new approach will also affect other nationalities. It will take less time to consider the applications from people from Syria, Turkey, or Yemen and stateless people from Syria. This will ultimately also have a positive effect on applications from people with other nationalities.