What happens if the police finds me without legal document allowing me to stay in Greece?
If the police finds you without a document allowing you to stay in Greece, you will most likely be arrested and put in detention. If you want to apply for asylum in Greece, you should try to communicate this to the police in case you get arrested. We have created a letter in Greek, stating your wish to apply for asylum. You can find it here. Please note that even with the letter you might not be successful in applying for asylum with the police.
What happens after I'm released from detention?
After you are released from detention, the police will issue you a police note or Kharti. This note from the police can have different meanings and different expiration dates depending on your situation. During your detention, if you successfully communicated to the police that you want to apply for asylum in Greece, you might be issued a special type of the police note. This police note allows you to register your asylum claim without calling Skype, by presenting yourself directly to the Regional Asylum Service. This type of police note can be recognized by a specific number written on the top left part of the document. This is the "willingness number", in Greek “Αριθμός Βούλησης Ασύλου“. You can find instructions on how to recognize this special police note here.
What should I do if I have a police note with a willingness number?
If you have a Kharti with a willingness number, go directly to the Regional Asylum Office that is responsible for you and show your police note at the door. It is still possible that they will not let you in, because they don't have the capacity to register you on that day. Please try it again then the next day. If you have failed repeatedly and you are in the area of Thessaloniki you can contact us on Facebook or on our whatsapp hotline: +30 695 538 8283. If you are elsewhere in Greece please contact a legal NGO. Keep in mind, that a willingness number can last several months longer than the expiration date of the Kharti. You should not be detained if found with this expired Kharti until the willingness number expires itself (there is no clearly defined expiration date for it) and therefore there is no need to renew the Kharti.
What can I do if I have a police note without a willingness number?
If your police note doesn't have a willingness number, you must likely need to call Skype. For more instructions on how to call Skype, please click here. If you are really vulnerable, there is a chance that you can bypass Skype by getting in contact with a legal NGO or with the Mobile Info Team.