The CGRS tries to take a decision within 2 months, but this is not always possible. Sometimes a quick decision is not possible because further investigation or an additional interview is necessary. In this case, it may take several months before the applicant receives a decision.

For a number of cases, the Commissioner General takes a decision within a shorter period of time:

  • within 15 working days: the decision of refusal for an applicant who is detained at the border or at a specific location; who poses a threat to public order or national security
  • within 8 working days: the decision of refusal to consider a subsequent application
  • within 5 working days: the decision of refusal to consider an asylum application by an EU national
  • within 2 working days: the decision of refusal to consider a subsequent application from an applicant who is detained at the border or at a specific location.

The CGRS is not legally bound by these decision times, which are only indicative.