Attention! All services and assistance of UNHCR and its partners are free of charge!
If you are arriving in Lebanon and cannot return to your home country because you fear persecution and need international protection, you can apply for asylum and registration with UNHCR is the first step.
To register with UNHCR in Lebanon, you need to make an appointment!
During registration, UNHCR records, verifies and updates information relating to you and your family to identify your specific needs and vulnerabilities. Based on the information in your registration file, you can be selected for certain assistance programs.
To keep your file active and updated, it is important you have a verification interview at least once every 24 months.
Having an active file is important for families who receive cash assistance as well as for families who currently do not receive cash assistance. Families who currently do not receive cash assistance can be considered for cash assistance inclusion in the future.
In addition, an active file is necessary to access medical services. Not having an active file prior to a hospital visit excludes you from medical coverage.
ATTENTION! As of 5 May 2015, Syrian nationals can no longer register with UNHCR. Registration for Syrians has been suspended until further notice. While you can contact UNHCR for an interview, please note that you will not be given a registration certificate. The suspension for registration does not affect non-Syrians in Lebanon.
⬇️Watch this video to learn more about how to get an appointment with UNHCR⬇️
Frequently asked questions
1. How can I make an appointment with UNHCR?⬇️
To make an appointment with UNHCR for a registration interview, please call the UNHCR National Call Center at 📞04726111 or approach the nearest Khadamaty. To know more about Khadamaty and its locations, please click here.
UNHCR needs to see every family every 24 months to avoid a risk of closure of your file. While it is your responsibility to request a verification appointment in a timely manner, UNHCR as well will try to reach out to you in due time; therefore, it is important to keep your contact details up to date to avoid a possible closure of your file.
There are different appointment types you can ask for to:
- Create a new file if you and your family members previously never approached UNHCR
- Manage family relationships within your file (e.g. add a newborn baby or family member, record death of a family member and departure of a family member from Lebanon)
- Verification interview maximum 24 months after last interview
2. What happens once I make an appointment?⬇️
After you called the UNHCR National Call Center for an appointment, you will receive an SMS confirmation that your appointment request was successfully recorded.
Thereafter, within one week you will receive another SMS with an indicative time period for when you will be called again by UNHCR for the interview.
One to two weeks before the actual interview, UNHCR will contact you to give you a specific time and date for your appointment.
3. What should I do on the day of the interview?⬇️
On the day of the interview, you should come with all the family members that you wish to include in your case. You must also bring your identity documents so UNHCR can make a copy if needed.
If you come for a verification interview, it is important that that all family members join for the interview. Family members not present for a verification interview can be inactivated on the file.
4. Should I always come to the Reception Center, or can the interview be conducted remotely?⬇️
Most interviews are conducted in-person in the Reception Center. Sometimes, verification interviews can occur remotely. Do not hesitate to state your interest for a remote interview when UNHCR contacts you.
5. What happens during the registration interview?⬇️
During your registration interview, you will be interviewed by a UNHCR staff member, who will ask you questions about your basic bio data (name, date and place of birth, etc), family composition and the reasons why you left your country and feel you cannot return.
During the interview, we will also take a photo and record your iris scan and/or fingerprints for you and each of your family members.
6. How can I update my file?⬇️
To update your file, to change your contact details (telephone, address or other) or to inform a change in your family composition, please call the UNHCR National Call Center at 📞04726111.
To change your phone number, you can also do it through Khadamaty. To know more about Khadamaty and its locations, please click here.
It is important to ensure that UNHCR has your updated phone number and it is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to your contact details.
You can always call the UNHCR National Call Center for any questions related to appointments, assistance, or protection concerns.
Remember: it is also your responsibility to call UNHCR to ask for a verification appointment every 24 months. Failing to do so might lead to the inactivation of your file and discontinuation of financial assistance or access to other assistance programs.