OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons)

Ofpra is a public administrative body created by the law of 25 July 1952. It is responsible for applying the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951, and subsequently the New York Convention of 1954, and makes independent decisions on asylum and statelessness applications submitted to it.

Ofpra has three main missions:

  • Examining applications for international protection on the basis of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951, the New York Convention of 28 September 1954 and the CESEDA.
  • Legal and administrative protection for statutory refugees, statutory stateless persons and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection.
  • Ofpra also advises on asylum procedures at the border. It issues an opinion to the Minister of the Interior on whether or not an application for authorisation to enter French territory on asylum grounds is manifestly well-founded.

Address (in Paris):

Rue Carnot 201, 94120 Fontenay-sous-Bois, Île-de-France France