If you don't speak Dutch or French, you can request an interpreter. The interpreter ensures that you and the protection officer can understand each other.
You can also request that a person of trust accompanies you for the interview. This is an adult that you trust, for example a psychologist, teacher or social worker.
The CGRS may also invite a family member, for example your brother or aunt, to the interview, to clarify your situation.
Following the interview, the protection officer will examine your application for international protection.
He or she will check various elements:
- the credibility of your story
- the documents you have collected to back up your story
- the situation in your country of origin, or the country where you were staying
The CGRS will take your age, background and needs into account.
After the examination, the CGRS will send you a letter with their decision. Your guardian and lawyer will receive the same letter.