Asylum in Finland

All of the lawyers at the Refugee Advice Centre have specialised in asylum and immigration law.

Decisions made by the Immigration Service can be appealed to the Administrative Courts. It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after receiving a decision from the Immigration Service. An asylum seeker has the right to choose their own lawyer at this point.

Before an asylum seeker has received a decision from the Immigration Service, he/she will receive advice and legal assistance primarily from the public legal aid offices. A lawyer from the Refugee Advice Centre can offer legal assistance to asylum seekers who have yet to receive their decisions from the Immigration Service, if a legal aid office has given the asylum seeker a legal aid referral or if the asylum seeker is ready to pay for the cost of the lawyer him/herself.

If you want a lawyer from the Refugee Advice Centre, please contact us via your reception centre. You can also contact us directly by calling us or sending us an email.

If you do not have sufficient funds or income, we can apply for legal aid from the state. In these cases, the state will cover the cost of the lawyer either partially or in full. In other cases, you can receive advice and assistance from our lawyers by paying for the service yourself. Our fee is 150€/hour.

More information about international protection (in Finnish)