Information for migration advice institutions
Basic advisory service
The Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) has provided an independent migration-specific advisory service, the Migration Advisory Service for adult immigrants (MBE), since 1 January 2005. The advice is provided for a specific period of time and is based around the individual’s particular needs. Immigrants can use the MBE for a maximum of three years.
The MBE and the integration courses are a fixed part of the regulatory framework of the Residence Act. Adult immigrants can use these services before, during and after an integration course.
Implementing the MBE
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is responsible for implementing the MBE in accordance with the Immigration Act.
The BAMF has tasked the central independent welfare associations (Spitzenverbände der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege) and the Federation of Expellees (Bund der Vertriebenen) with the specific task of providing the advice.
Objectives of the MBE
The MBE aims to
- initiate, guide and manage the integration process of immigrants in a targeted way
- provide a qualitative contribution to empower immigrants to become independent in dealing with all aspects of everyday life
- introduce and refer immigrants to existing relevant support/advisory programmes in a timely fashion.
Support guidelines for implementing the MBE
In January 2010, the BMI issued Support guidelines for the MBE which came into effect on 1 March 2010. These summarise all of the essential aspects of support and will form the basis of support with effect from 2011.