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Since the Immigration Act (Einwanderungsgesetz) came into effect on 1 January 2005, Jewish immigrants have been required to apply to enter Germany based on the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz). Therefore new rules apply.

From 1991 to 2004, all Federal Länder accepted Jewish immigrants from countries of the former Soviet Union. The respective Minister-Presidents decided on their admittance based on the “Quota Refugees Act” (Act concerning Measures for Refugees accepted as Part of Humanitarian Campaigns – HumHAG). The HumHAG ceased to be valid when the Immigration Act came into effect on 1 January 2005. Since then, Jewish refugees have had to apply to enter Germany on the basis of the Residence Act.

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Jewish applicants from the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia ceased to be accepted when their countries of origin acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

What happens to applications that have already been submitted?

Predating applications

Applications that were made before 1 July 2001 are deemed to be "pre-dating applications". They will be processed by the Federal Länder. The provisions of the HumHAG apply to all "pre-dating" applications.

Interim applications

Applications that were made between 1 July 2001 and 31 December 2004 and that have not yet been completed will be processed by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). They are referred to as "interim" applications. The BAMF processes these applications in accordance with the rules set out in the Residence Act (section 23 subs. 2).

New applications

Applications made after 1 January 2005 are referred to as new applications. They are also processed by the BAMF.

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Jewish immigrants who have not made use of a confirmation of acceptance which they have received in the past have had the possibility since 21 May 2015 to lodge an application of acceptance, subject to certain preconditions.

Date 17 December 2015

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