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The reception procedure for Syrian refugees

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In agreement with his colleagues in the Länder, the Federal Minister of the Interior decided on 12 June 2014 to increase to 20,000 the previous contingent of refugees from the Syrian civil war who are to be received. On 18 July 2014, the Federal Ministry of the Interior issued a reception order in accordance with section 23 subs. 2 of the German Residence Act (AufenthG). The priority is to receive persons who have relatives in Germany. It was therefore agreed that the lion's share of proposals for this contingent should be made by the Federal Länder once more.

A number of proposals had already been made to the Federal Office which amounted to several times the previously-available contingent of 10,000 persons. The procedure which is described below is to apply to those who it has not yet been possible to include.

Some of the Federal Länder have decided that the proposals which they had already forwarded to the Federal Office are to be worked off in the new federal reception programme. In this case, it is neither necessary nor indeed possible to make any new applications. Other Federal Länder are also permitting new proposals to be put forward. Your competent immigration authority or the agency in your Federal Land which is responsible for accepting applications can inform you whether any new applications can be made in your Federal Land. Under no circumstances should you apply to the Federal Office directly.

Please note that no direct enquiries as to the status of the procedure may be made to the Federal Office. Please address such queries to your immigration authority which forwarded the proposal to us. The following information is available on the status of processing of the applications:

It was agreed with the following Federal Länder that the proposals that are forwarded will be processed in the order in which they were received since these Federal Länder sent reception proposals to the BAMF for considerably more people than there are currently places available to receive Syrian refugees. It is currently possible to include applications in the processing from the Federal Länder listed below which were received by the BAMF by the particular date stated (for all reception orders):

  • Baden-Württemberg – up to and including 4 February 2014
  • Free State of Bavaria – up to and including 13 February 2014, partially 14 February 2014
  • Free State of Saxony – up to and including 13 February 2014
  • Rhineland-Palatinate – up to and including 29 January 2014

N.B.: These dates denote the cut-off date by which the application must have been received by the BAMF, and not the date on which the application was filed with the competent immigration authority.

Please note that Syrian refugees will not be automatically received simply because the application was received in time before the cut-off date. The BAMF must first of all examine the applications with a view to whether the conditions set out in the third reception order have been complied with. This stage is then followed by the visa procedure carried out at the German diplomatic missions abroad, which applicants need to complete successfully.

The other Federal Länder are already sending the proposals in prioritised form, or only slightly more proposals are made than the contingent that has been allocated. Please enquire to the competent immigration authority to find out whether these Federal Länder have forwarded the proposal to the BAMF. The immigration authority can make enquiries with the BAMF to ascertain the status of processing of applications that have been forwarded. The BAMF will then provide the immigration authority with this information.

Date 30 October 2014

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