Admissibility procedure


Country Report: Admissibility procedure Last updated: 30/11/20


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General (scope, criteria, time limits)


The Refugee Law provides that an application for international protection is inadmissible only where:[1]

(a)   another Member State has granted international protection;

(b)   a country which is not a Member State is considered as a First Country of Asylum for the applicant;

(c)   a country which is not a Member State is considered as a Safe Third Country for the applicant;

(d)   the application is a Subsequent Application, where no new elements or findings relating to the examination of whether the applicant qualifies as a beneficiary of international protection have arisen or have been presented by the applicant; or

(e)   a dependant of the applicant lodges an application, after he or she has consented to have his or her case be part of an application lodged on his or her behalf, and there are no facts relating to the dependant’s situation which justify a separate application.


Furthermore, where an application is considered inadmissible, the Head of the Asylum Services closes the file and stops the examination of the application by a decision which is taken and registered in the file without following the regular or accelerated procedure.[2]


In 2019, cases were identified where the inadmissibility ground was applied, specifically where another Member State has granted international protection.[3]

Personal interview

According to the law, before the decision on admissibility is taken, the Asylum Service allows the applicant to state his or her views on the application of the grounds and for this purpose carries out a personal interview on the admissibility of the application. In practice a short interview will be carried out and always in the presence of an interpreter.


The law permits for an appeal against inadmissibility decisions.[4] The rules and procedure are the same as in the Regular Procedure: Appeal.

Legal assistance

There is no access to free legal assistance from the state before the Asylum Service and RRA during any procedure, including the admissibility procedure. However, such cases can be assisted by the free legal assistance provided for by NGOs under project funding, although the capacity of these projects is extremely limited (see Regular Procedure: Legal Assistance).

[1]           Article 12B-quater(2) Refugee Law.

[2]           Article 12B-quater(1) Refugee Law.

[3]           Based on information provided by the Cyprus Refugee Council.

[4]           Articles 12B-quater(1) and 18(7)-(7Ε) Refugee Law.


Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation