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Foreign nationals with residence titles issued before 2005

Entitlement to attend a course

If you obtained your residence title in Germany before 1 January 2005, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) can admit you to attend an integration course if places are still available. This condition also applies if you have a residence title issued in accordance with section 104a subs.1 or section 23 subs. 1 of the Residence Act.

You should complete an application for admission to an integration course. Please also read the "Notes about the admission application".

Send the completed and signed application form to the regional office of the BAMF responsible for you. You can find out which regional office is responsible for you using the WebGIS interactive search engine.

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If you have already found an integration course provider, you can ask them to help you complete the form. The course provider will also answer your questions.

Obligation to attend

If you received your residence title before 1 January 2005, you must attend an integration course if

  • you receive unemployment benefit II and the office which pays your unemployment benefit II requires you to attend, and
  • you have particular integration needs and the local immigration office requires you to attend.

In these cases, please also read the Notes on integration courses for immigrants required to attend a course.

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You cannot be obliged to attend the course·

  • if you are training or are attending/have attended a comparable education programme (e.g. further education, continuing education) in Germany.
  • if long-term attendance at the integration course is impossible or unreasonable, for example if you have to look after a member of your family.

Applying to a course provider

If you have received your authorisation to attend an integration course (certificate of eligibility, Berechtigungsschein) from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, you can select an integration course provider.

You can use the WebGIS search engine to find an integration course provider in your area. You can of course also obtain a list of course providers from the immigration authority or an immigration advisory service (Migrationsberatungsstelle).

As soon as you have found a course provider, you should go there to submit your certificate of eligibility and register for the course. The course provider will help you select a suitable course. They will also tell you when the next course is due to begin.

Contribution to costs

You must pay EUR 1.95 for every lesson of the integration course (contribution to costs). If you registered for the course before 1 July 2016, the contribution is EUR 1.55 per lesson.

A general integration course consists of 660 hours. Therefore the whole course will cost you EUR 1,287 (if you registered for the course before 1 July 2016, it will cost you EUR 1,023). You do not have to pay this amount all at once, but can pay per course section of 100 lessons. If you attend a special course with a correspondingly higher number of lessons, the cost contribution will be greater (e.g. EUR 1,872.00 for 960 lessons).

If you receive unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) or social assistance (Sozialhilfe), you can apply for exemption from the costs. You can also be exempted from contributing to the costs if you find it particularly hard to pay because of your financial or personal situation.

Send the completed and signed application form to the regional office of the BAMF responsible for you. You can find out which regional office is responsible for you using the WebGIS interactive search engine.

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If you pass the final examination at the end of the integration course within two years of the confirmation of eligibility to attend the course being issued, you can, under certain circumstances, claim back half of your payments towards the cost. You must submit and send a signed application to the Branch Office responsible for you.

Travel allowance

If you are attending an integration course and you receive unemployment benefit II, you will be reimbursed for travel expenses if they are necessary.

The same applies if you have been exempted from contributing to the cost of an integration course. This is conditional on your attending the integration course in accordance with the rules.

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You will find more information on this in the Information sheet on the integration course.

Date 15 July 2016

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