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FAQ: Integration courses for asylum applicants

Asylum applicants and those whose deportation has been temporarily suspended and who have good prospects to remain have had access to the Federation’s integration courses since November 2015. The most frequently-asked questions on the new developments are answered below.

The following individuals can be admitted to attend an integration course if places are available:

  • Individuals with permission to reside (Aufenthaltsgestattung) and good prospects to remain

The Federal Office issues permission to reside to asylum applicants who are still in the asylum procedure. This permission entitles them to live in Germany, and to work under certain conditions, until their asylum proceedings have been completed, in other words until their asylum application has been ruled on.

  • Individuals whose deportation has been temporarily suspended in accordance with section 60 a subs. 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act (AufenthG)

Individuals who are not or are no longer within the asylum proceedings, or whose application has been turned down but whose deportation has been suspended, receive from the immigration authority a “certificate for the suspension of deportation”, the so-called “Duldung”.  

  • Individuals with a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) in accordance with section 25 subs. 5 of the Residence Act

A residence permit can be issued if there are obstacles to exiting the country. This is examined by the responsible immigration authority, which issues a time-limited residence permit.

Date 7 January 2016

List of FAQs for the area integration courses for asylum applicants

What is meant by good prospects to remain?

People who come from countries of origin with a protection rate that is higher than 50 percent have good prospects to remain. In 2015 this applies to the countries of origin Eritrea, Iraq, Iran and Syria. It is defined semi-annually which countries of origin meet the criterion of a protection rate (>/= 50 %).

The criterion of having good prospects to remain only applies to individuals who have permission to reside in accordance with section 55 subs. 1 of the Asylum Act (AsylG).

Where can I apply to be admitted to attend an integration course?

Individuals who wish to attend an integration course need approval, for which they have to apply to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The application form is available in the right-hand column as a download document. The Web-Gis platform (http://webgis.bamf.de) contains an overview of places where integration courses are held.

From when may asylum-seekers lodge an application for admission to attend an integration course?

Asylum-seekers can also lodge an application for admission to attend an integration course once they have filed an asylum application. The application and the information sheet are available for download at www.bamf.de/formulare.

How long is the approval to attend an integration course valid?

Approval to attend an integration course is valid for three months. Participants can enrol during this period to attend an integration course with an integration course-provider. The Web-Gis (http://webgis.bamf.de) platform offers an overview of integration course-providers.

What changes when a course attendee’s asylum proceedings have been ruled on but the integration course has not yet been concluded?

Nothing changes. The persons in question can continue to attend the integration course free of charge regardless of the decision that is reached in the asylum proceedings.

What does an integration course cost for attendees?

Individuals who are admitted to attend an integration course are automatically exempted from the cost contribution. A separate application is not necessary.

Travel expenses are refunded on application to the competent regional office.

Are travel expenses refunded?

Travel expenses are refunded. An application must be made for this to the competent regional office. The Web-Gis (http://webgis.bamf.de) platform offers an overview of regional offices.

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