The Ofpra offices in Paris. Photo: Ofpra
The Ofpra offices in Paris. Photo: Ofpra

France has entered a new COVID-19 lockdown until December 1. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to keep the country's public services running, including the asylum services. While authorities have adapted safety measures, there are some things to keep in mind. InfoMigrants took a look.

I have an interview with Ofpra (Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) or a hearing scheduled with CNDA National Court of Asylum (CNDA). Will it still take place?

Yes.

Ofpra will continue to carry out all interviews that have been scheduled for November. “Asylum seekers who have been given an appointment at Ofpra are invited to come to the offices, provided they bring their summons letter as well as their travel authorization form (tick “judicial or administrative appointment),” the agency writes on its website, referring to the lockdown forms that are available for download here.

The same rules apply for CNDA. In a statement published on October 30, the president of the court announced that “all hearings will be held according to schedule.” Your hearing will therefore be held on the date that has already been announced to you.

Can I bring my children?

No, preferably not.

To limit the risk of contamination, the two agencies have asked people to refrain from bringing their children along to appointments "as far as it is possible."

Is there a special COVID-19 procedure I will need to follow?

Yes.

When you arrive at Ofpra for an interview, you will have to have your temperature taken. If you have a fever, you will not be able to enter the building.

You will also be handed a surgical face mask upon your arrival, which you will be required to wear "at all times while on the premises."

I won't be able to make it to my Ofpra appointment due to an illness/ other reasons, what should I do?

If you can't make it to your appointment, you can ask Ofpra to have it rescheduled. You can do this by sending an email to the address that is written in your summons letter.

Please note: Ofpra’s reception desk will be closed throughout the lockdown, and only people with scheduled appointments will be able to enter the premises.

 

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