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Integration courses for asylum applicants

Asylum applicants with good prospects to remain, persons whose deportation has been temporarily suspended who hold a residence permit in accordance with section 60 a subs. 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), as well as holders of a residence permit in accordance with section 25 subs. 5 of the Residence Act, may attend an integration course.

If you are an asylum applicant with good prospects to remain, your deportation has been temporarily suspended in accordance with section 60 a subs. 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act, or you hold a residence permit in accordance with section 25 subs. 5 of that Act, and would like to know whether you may attend an integration course, what the integration course would cost you and how to find the right course, then you have come to the right place.

From 1 January 2017 onwards, the new Integration Act (Integrationsgesetz) (of 6 August 2016) permits asylum applicants from countries with good prospects to remain, persons whose deportation has been temporarily suspended (in accordance with section 60 a subs. 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act), as well as foreigners who hold a residence permit (in accordance with section 25 subs. 5 of the Residence Act), in addition to admittance by the Federal Office, to also be obliged to attend an integration course by the providers of the benefits in accordance with the Asylum-Seekers’ Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz).

If you belong to one of these groups of individuals and are receiving benefits in accordance with the Asylum-Seekers’ Benefits Act, the particular authority which is providing your benefits may call on you to attend a course. If you are obliged to attend an integration course, please promptly register with a course. It is also vital that you actually attend the course. Your benefits may be reduced if you fail to do so. You are exempt from the costs of the integration course.

Registering with a course provider

If you have received your certificate of eligibility for the integration course (Berechtigungsschein) from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, you can choose an integration course provider. You can find a provider in your area using the WebGIS search engine. You can consult the entire range of courses and free places using the KURSNET platform.

You can of course also obtain a list of course providers from the immigration authority or from an immigration advisory service (Migrationsberatungsstelle). As soon as you have found a course provider in your area, please register with them to attend the integration course and hand in your certificate of eligibility. The course provider will have you sit an assessment test to ascertain your knowledge of German, and will help you select a suitable course, as well as telling you when the next course is due to begin.

Date 25 November 2016

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