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The application

An application is necessary for ERIN reintegration benefits (see at Download in the right-hand column), which needs to be signed by the returnee (applicant). The application must include identification documents (e.g. passport, travel documents, residence permit).

The application and the identity documents should be scanned in and sent to the e-mail address stipulated in the form (they may also be faxed or sent as a hardcopy).

You will find the application form, as well as procedural information, at Downloads (in the right-hand column), along with a project profile which contains further information on the ERIN project.

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The processing of an application can take 7 to 14 days. The authority that conveys the application is therefore requested to submit the application in good time together with all necessary documents.

From application to the implementation of reintegration assistance

Where an interest is expressed in receiving reintegration support under the ERIN programme, an ERIN application from a third-country national who has expressed an interest in leaving the country will be submitted to a local or Land authority. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees generally receives the application by e-mail and checks it for eligibility. If the necessary conditions for funding are met, the Office determines the funding amount and forwards the approval to the contracting partner and to the authority that forwarded the application. Once the returnee has left the country, he or she contacts the contracting partner and works with them to set out a written reintegration plan. The plan must then be examined and approved by the Office before the reintegration assistance can be implemented. The reintegration support provided by ERIN should be completed within six months of departure.

The schematic sequence of the application procedure

schematic sequence of the application procedure

Other information

ERIN supports reintegration following a return. Costs incurred in preparing for departure (e.g. counselling sessions, travel expenses for procuring travel documents) are not eligible for funding.

If returnees cannot finance their departure costs themselves, there is another funding option available via the humanitarian REAG/GARP returnee programme, in addition to the ERIN benefits. The REAG/GARP funding conditions, which are set annually, apply to the application procedure (see "REAG/GARP promotional programme").

To be eligible for assistance within the ERIN programme it is required that the applicant has stayed in Germany for at least six months.

You can make further enquiries via the Contact box (right-hand column).

Date 26 September 2018

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