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Accompanied minor

A minor is considered to be accompanied when s/he enters French territory accompanied by at least one of his/her two asylum-seeking parents.

These children do not submit an individual claim; they are included in their parents' application until they reach adulthood.

They may then submit an individual asylum claim.


Ad hoc administrator

This is a representative, appointed by the Public Prosecutor, of an association or local authority, who is tasked with defending the interests of foreign unaccompanied minors seeking asylum while they are being held in waiting areas or during the asylum application process. Minors cannot initiate administrative or court proceedings without a legal representative.


Administrative certificate

Since 2019, Ofpra doesn't issue this document.

This document was issued by Ofpra to minors who had been placed under its protection and resided in France, whether they were born abroad or in France. The administrative certificate was valid for one year.



The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) is a new asylum financial instrument available to Member States which the European Commission set up in 2014. It is intended to replace the three previously existing funds of the Framework programme on solidarity and management of migration flows: the European Refugee Fund (ERF), the European Integration Fund and the European Return Fund.
The overall aim of the AMIF is to contribute to the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common approach to asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection. It also sets out to develop a common immigration policy, fully in keeping with the rights and principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.


Asylum application rejected

This describes any asylum seeker whose claim has been definitively denied by Ofpra and the CNDA, and who has exhausted all possible avenues of appeal.

Asylum seeker

A person whose asylum application is under consideration. The term "applicant for international protection" is gaining currency.

Asylum seeker's allowance (ADA)

The asylum seeker's allowance (allocation pour demandeur d’asile/ADA) was introduced by the Act of 29 July 2015 on the reform of the right to asylum. Since 1 November 2015 it has replaced the temporary waiting allowance (allocation temporaire d’attente/ATA). The French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII) is responsible for managing this allowance, which is paid out by the French Paying Agency (Agence de services et de paiement/ASP). It is paid throughout the asylum application examination period, or until responsibility  for consideration of the asylum application is effectively transferred to another State. To be eligible for this allowance, the asylum seeker must show that his/her monthly financial resources are less than the income support amount (revenu de solidarité active/RSA). The allowance amount is calculated on the basis of a scale which factors in the asylum seeker's family composition, income and accommodation situation.