According to the recast Asylum Procedures Directive (recast APD), any third-country national or stateless person who expresses the wish to apply for international protection should be registered as soon as possible by a Member State as an applicant for international protection.
Article 6 of the recast APD sets out the legal standards which ensure access to the asylum procedure on the basis of a three-step approach consisting of the making, registering and lodging of an application.
Article 8 of the recast APD states that Member States must provide information to a third-country national or stateless person who is held in detention or present at a border crossing, including transit zones, if they express the wish to make an application for international protection.
Depending on the structure of the national authority, the registration and the lodging of an application may be conducted concurrently or separately. When these two steps are conducted separately, basic background data are collected at the registration stage, which allows for the practical organisation of initial reception. Additional detailed data are gathered during the lodging stage.
The information has been validated by each country, with the exception of Bulgaria, Iceland and Switzerland.
The overview of authorities involved in access to the asylum procedure was updated on 06 July 2023