Asylum applicants give an account of their persecution during an interview. The interview forms the basis for the decision as to whether asylum can be granted. The decision rests on the fate of the individual applicant as a matter of principle.
The Federal Office is consulted with regard to large number of decisions to be taken by the local immigration offices. Opinions are sought on the question of whether a foreign national may be deported to his/her homeland – i.e. whether there is a deportation ban affecting the country in question.