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Acceptance criteria

Special acceptance criteria apply to Jewish immigrants to Germany. You will find the most important regulations and information here about the special rules that apply to victims of National Socialist persecution.

Applicants must:

  • be nationals of a successor state of the former Soviet Union or have lived there as a stateless person since at least 1 January 2005,
  • be of Jewish nationality or have at least one Jewish parent or one Jewish grandparent.
    Furthermore, they must not follow any other religion than Judaism.
  • have German-language skills that satisfy at least A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This also applies to family members. Exceptions apply to children who have not yet turned 15 if their departure to Germany takes place before their 15th birthday.
  • prove that they will be accepted in a Jewish community in Germany. The BAMF will obtain official documentation from a certificate supplied by the Zentrale Wohlfahrtsstelle der Juden (Central Welfare Office for Jews). The Union of Progressive Jews will be involved in the process and may submit a statement.
  • submit a positive integration prognosis. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will issue this based on the application. The BAMF will include the family environment in this. Criteria include language skills, qualifications and professional experience and the age of the immigrants.

Victims of National Socialist persecution

In the case of people who were born in a successor state of the former Soviet Union before 1 January 1945, it will be assumed that they were victims of National Socialist persecution. People who were born outside this area before 1 January 1945 can invoke this regulation but must present credible evidence of their persecution.
Victims of National Socialist persecution do not have to prove German-language skills. An integration prognosis is not necessary in this case.

Hardship cases

The Federal Office may waive the requirement to provide evidence of German-language skills in hardship cases.

Date 17 December 2015

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