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Citizens of third countries

If you are a citizen of a "third country", that is you are neither a national of a Member State of the European Union nor of the European Economic Area or of Switzerland, and would like to remain in Germany permanently, you therefore need a permit, the "residence title" (see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 7 et seqq.).

If you would like to work in Germany, you need a residence title which permits you to work, that is a residence title for the purpose of employment (these titles are listed in sections 18-21 of the Residence Act [Aufenthaltsgesetz - AufenthG]). You will find detailed information in the information box in the right-hand column on the rules relating to entering Germany, if you are still abroad, or on the steps that you need to take if you are already in Germany. In order to obtain a residence title, you need first and foremost to satisfy general preconditions. This means amongst other things that you need to have a passport and a secure livelihood during your stay, and no valid grounds for deportation may apply. The purpose of your intended stay and your training as well as your specific qualifications determine exactly which residence title you qualify for.

Date 23 May 2013

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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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