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The integration course certificate

The aim of the integration course is that you pass the final examination.

The final examination consists of two tests:

In the DTZ language test, you can demonstrate an overall result of A2 or B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). If you pass the language test at level B1 and the orientation course test, then you have passed the final examination and will receive the "Zertifikat Integrationskurs" (integration course certificate).

Additionally, if you take the "Life in Germany" test, you can also demonstrate the knowledge of the legal and social system, and life in general, in Germany required for naturalisation (section 10 subs. 1 sentence 1 No. 7 of the Nationality Act [StAG]), if you have scored at least 17 points on this test.

The DTZ certificate offers many advantages

The "Zertifikat Integrationskurs" offers you many advantages. It certifies an adequate knowledge of German and important basic knowledge of German society.

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The "Zertifikat Integrationskurs" also helps you with naturalisation. The Nationality Act (section 10 subs. 3 sentence 1 of the Nationality Act) states that you may apply for German citizenship after seven years of lawful residence in Germany if you have been awarded this certificate. The usual requirement is eight years.

By successfully attending the orientation course, you will also be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of the German legal and social system. This will be required when applying for a permanent settlement permit.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • local immigration offices
  • the employment agency, job centre or relevant local authority institution
  • integration course providers.
Date 2 May 2013

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