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Central Register of Foreigners

The Central Register of Foreigners (Ausländerzentralregister) (AZR) is a file of data about persons living in the Federal Republic that is managed centrally by the Federal Office. It contains information about foreign nationals who are living or who have lived in Germany. The AZR is also a source of information for more than 6,500 partner authorities.

Structure of the register and deletion deadlines

The register consists of a general database and a visa file. As a rule, the data stored in the general database are deleted from the register ten years after the foreign national has left the country or immediately the foreigners naturalises as a German citizen. The storage period is as a matter of principle five years for data in the visa file.

Data may be stored in the AZR if the AZR Act authorises this. All facts that are stored in the register are specified in the appendix to the AZR Act's implementing regulations.

Requesting personal information from the AZR

Foreigners may receive information free of charge about the data stored about them by submitting a written application. (Requesting personal information in accordance with sec. 34 of the AZR Act).

Details about yourself should be given in the application form. If making a personal application at the Federal Office, the presentation of an official identity card is sufficient to prove your identity. In all other cases, the applicant's signature on the application must be officially certified.

Applicants in Germany

Certification can be carried out in all public offices.

Applicants outside Germany

Certification can be carried out by a German embassy, a notary or an authorised office in your country of origin.

It is not necessary to have the signature certified on the application if the applicant is represented by a lawyer who is accredited by a German court.

Date 28 April 2011

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Warning!

There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.Interviewers from reputable survey institutes who are currently conducting interviews as part of research projects in which data are collected on a voluntary basis clearly state who they are working for. They also give the name of the survey institute and prove this by showing the appropriate documentation. This means that you can make enquiries should you have any doubts.

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