Afghan refugees are currently unable to obtain identity documents

Many refugees from Afghanistan living in Germany are currently having problems fulfilling their “obligation to cooperate” in obtaining identity documents such as a tazkira or passport. Due to the Taliban’s takeover of power in Afghanistan, it is no longer possible to obtain identity documents from the embassy or consulates. At the Afghan consulate in Munich, for example, it is no longer possible to apply for a Tazkira, as the homepage required for this has been deactivated. Passports are no longer issued for an indefinite period of time; only extensions are still possible. This means that anyone who now receives a… Read More

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Possibilities of applying for asylum after the Taliban’s seizure of power

The change in the political situation and the human rights situation following the seizure of power by the Taliban in Afghanistan also has a decisive impact on Afghan refugees in Germany whose applications for asylum have been rejected with legal effect. This is because the BAMF can no longer refer to allegedly safe cities and regions in Afghanistan in its decisions. This is what the Tübingen initiatives “move on” and “Plan B” write in an advisory leaflet for Afghan refugees. In this respect, refugees who are currently only tolerated (Geduldet) have a good chance of success with a follow-up asylum… Read More

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Möglichkeiten des Asylfolgeantrags nach der Machtübernahme durch die Taliban

Die Änderung der politischen Lage und der Menschenrechtssituation durch die Machtübernahme der Taliban in Afghanistan hat auch entscheidende Auswirkungen auf die afghanischen Geflüchteten in Deutschland, deren Asylantrag rechtskräftig abgelehnt wurde. Denn das BAMF könne in seinen Entscheidungen nicht mehr auf angeblich sichere Städte und Regionen in Afghanistan verweisen. Das schreiben die Tübinger Initiativen „move on“ und „Plan B“ in einem Beratungsmerkblatt für afghanische Geflüchtete. Insofern hat für Geflüchtete, die derzeit nur geduldet sind, ein Asylfolgeantrag gute Chancen auf Erfolg. Wenn das BAMF einen Antrag für zulässig erklärt, erhält man wie im Asylverfahren wieder eine „Aufenthaltsgestattung“ und ist nicht mehr ausreisepflichtig.… Read More

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Two websites show pictures taken in Moria

Pictures from Moria and other refugee camps located on the Greek island Lesbos are rarely seen by the public, “because journalists and photographers are not allowed entry into Moria and NGO employees are not allowed to take pictures. Media representatives are also still prohibited from accessing the refugee camp Kara Tepe, to which a large part of inhabitants was transferred after Moria was destroyed during a fire in September 2020,” writes the Museum of Ethology in Vienna (Weltmuseum Wien) in a small special exhibition, which is free of charge. There, pictures from Moria are shown, which were taken by the… Read More

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Asylum applications from people from Afghanistan are currently not being decided

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is currently not making any decisions regarding Asylum applications from Afghans. The BAMF press office has that confirmed to tünews INTERNATIONAL on request. A reassessment would be made after evaluation of the update of the situation report on Afghanistan announced by the Federal Foreign Office. The existing management report from July 2021 is no longer valid due to the takeover of power by the Taliban. The legal policy advisor at PRO ASYL Peter von Auer stated on request, that refugees from Afghanistan living in Germany who do not have the right to… Read More

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Registering a newborn child at the registry office

On average, between eight and twelve children are born in Tübingen every day. After the birth, it is important to register the newborn child at the registry office. To make the process easier for parents, they can hand in the necessary documents directly at the University Women’s Hospital (registry office of the building management). The registration office forwards them to the registry office. At the registration office, parents also give their child’s first name. Parents must submit the original documents. The documents must contain the current names. Copies and faxes are not documents. Copies of documents certified by other agencies… Read More

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Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag

What is your opinion on an asylum procedure / a social consultation that is independent from the state? What is your position on state-organized sea rescue? And: How can the federal government support / simplify the willingness of many cities and federal states to accommodate refugees from camps with terrible living situations? These questions were posed to four Bundestag candidates by the Tübingen asylum center prior to the federal election on Sunday, September 26th. Their answers are available as podcasts and in written form on the website of the asylum center. Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU), Chris Kühn (Greens), Martin Rosemann (SPD)… Read More

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Tips and help for everyday life in Germany

The brochure “Strengthening the consumer protection skills of refugees. A working aid in simple language” helps refugees to find their way in everyday German consumer life. The topics are briefly explained, followed by practical hints, tips and examples. The brochure also provides checklists, explanatory videos and overviews, often in several languages, e.g. Arabic. Questions on contracts, online shopping, reminders and debt collection agencies, labor and tenancy law, SCHUFA information, banks, loans and insurance are covered. Further information: tun21081801 “Eine Broschüre der Verbraucherzentrale gibt hilfreiche Tipps in Sachen Banken, Kredite und Versicherungen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.” Latest information… Read More

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Employment toleration for 30 months: The state government informs about the requirements

In the next few weeks, the state government of Baden-Württemberg will personally and actively inform approximately 10,000 people in a letter about the possibility of the “Beschäftigungsduldung”. These persons are “tolerated” and pursue employment. However, due to a negative asylum procedure, they are actually obliged to leave the country. When asked, Gunter Carra, deputy press spokesman of the Ministry of Justice and Migration Baden-Württemberg, told tünews INTERNATIONAL: “In this information letter, tolerated persons are informed about the requirements, the application and the necessary documents for an employment toleration. During this phase, deportation is suspended. After 30 months, there is the… Read More

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Support for relatives in Afghanistan in the Tübingen asylum center

Because of the current threat situation, many people are worried about their relatives and friends in Afghanistan, who are still in the country. The Tübingen asylum center is offering consultation appointments and support: all data of the affected person in Afghanistan as well as a statement about the threat level, if possible with proof, is recorded in a form. The asylum center then sends this form to the Federal Foreign Office. During a press conference on 25th August, the Federal Foreign Office stated “that the end of the airlift, the end of the military evacuation operation, doesn’t mean the end… Read More

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First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated

Since the end of the 1980s, 2.7 million people from countries of the former Soviet Union have migrated to Germany. With about 3.5 million, they form the largest immigrant group today. However, little is known about their situation. The migrant researcher Jannis Panagiotidis (University of Osnabrück, University of Wien since 1/8/2021) has recently published the first comprehensive study about this population group, which he calls “post-soviet migrants”. Incidentally, the current German tennis Olympia winner Alexander Zverev also belongs to that group. The largest part of the post-soviet migrants is from Russia and Kazakhstan, but also from Ukraine. One part of… Read More

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Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan

Facebook and Instagram allow people in Afghanistan to protect their accounts from getting spied on. Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy at Facebook, wrote this on Twitter on 19 August. People in Afghanistan could lock their accounts for other users with a single click. This means that only friends can see the photos or posts in a user’s timeline. In addition, the possibility to search the friend lists of other users has been suspended in Afghanistan for a short time. This is to prevent the Taliban from tracking down political opponents on Facebook, such as former employees of foreign armed… Read More

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Bewilderment concerning the situation of the people in Afghanistan

What should we at tünews INTERNATIONAL write about the change of power in Afghanistan? We discussed this for hours in our editorial meeting. We heard about the bafflement of our colleagues whose family members have died in the almost five-decade-long war. Suddenly everything in vain? Of relatives who had previously worked as teachers or in administration. We wondered what future awaits them now? With Iran’s interest in water resources and China’s in mineral resources, and Russia’s concern about terrorist attacks in neighboring countries like Tajikistan. Of warlords who want to regain power. Which money is used to establish which order?… Read More

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Current figures on training toleration

Currently, 8,000 people are completing their training in Germany with a training toleration, compared to only 3,600 in 2019. These figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior were announced by the “Mediendienst Integration”. The vast majority of these trainees come from Afghanistan (around 2,000), as well as from Gambia, Iraq, Iran and Guinea. The increase, however, is at a very low level, as a total of more than 200,000 people with toleration live in Germany, among them almost 150,000 refugees with rejected asylum applications. With a training toleration, one can stay in Germany for the entire training period and… Read More

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More appointments for interviews at the Job Center

The Tübingen district Job Center at Schleifmühleweg 68 in Tübingen now has more rooms available for on-site personal interviews. However, appointments still have to be booked for these conversations. The Job Center can be reached at 07071 / 56520 or digitally. Those who have an appointment should report to the Service Point. This is a window counter outside the building. There, concerns such as identity checks, registration after absence and emergencies can also be dealt with. The Service Point is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and on Fridays from 8am to 12pm. During… Read More

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No deportations to Afghanistan for the moment

The Taliban are taking more and more areas in Afghanistan. Therefore, the security situation has gotten worse and worse since the international troops withdrew. As a consequence, some countries, among them Germany, won’t deport any more people to Afghanistan for the moment. This was announced by a spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has changed his position because of the developments in Afghanistan. So far, he and the federal government rejected a general halt to deportation. The Federal Foreign Office is currently still working on a report about the situation in Afghanistan. This report… Read More

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Fictional Certificate

If you apply for a residence permit or a settlement permit in Germany, the foreigners’ office sometimes gives you a fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung). This fictional certificate is issued by the immigration office if it has not yet decided on the person’s application. With this fictional certificate, the person’s stay in Germany is considered lawful and permitted. The period for which the foreigners’ office issues this certificate, is the period within which it wants to decide on the actual application. Anyone who has a fictional certificate is allowed to leave and re-enter Germany. tun21072703 Fiktionsbescheinigung. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL. Latest information on… Read More

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Support for young people and their families

“DUNJA The support for young people and their relatives” is a project to support and promote families and children.The project offers holistic advice on questions, worries and problems that affect the family. Teenagers in the ages 11 to 18 are accompanied individually by the employees of the education provider BBQ Education and Vocational Qualification. In addition to advice, the range of support includes free learning support and leisure activities, such as excursions in and around Tübingen and workshops in the areas of sport, art or culture. DUNJA is funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration Baden-Wuerttemberg. Families can… Read More

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Experts call for “turbo naturalisation“

Only 2.5 per cent of all persons who fulfil the necessary requirements actually naturalise in Germany and thus acquire German citizenship. This fact is lamented by the Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) in its current Annual Report 2021. The naturalisation rate in Germany is hereby significantly lower than in most other European countries. It is comparably low only in the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and Lithuania. The SVR therefore recommends, among other things, a “turbo naturalisation”: This should be made possible after only four years of residence for persons “who are particularly well integrated economically and socially, speak… Read More

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Naturalisation now

A new tünews magazine informs comprehensively on the topic of naturalization. More and more refugees from 2015 and 2016 now have the opportunity to apply for naturalization. The new edition “Geflohen und eingebürgert” provides information on how that works and what prerequisites are necessary. View the magazine here: tun21051101 Das tünews INTERNATIONAL Magazin zum Thema Einbürgerung in Deutschland. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL. Latest information on Corona: Click here  4,251 total views,  4 views today

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Strong at Work: funding for mothers with a migration background

The Federal Ministry for Families supports mothers with a migration background with its program “Strong at Work”. The program will run until mid-2022. The objective of the program is to support employable mothers individually on their way into employment. Among other things, women receive support in organizing childcare, getting degrees recognized, finding an internship, apprenticeship or job as well as qualification and training for certificate exams. There are about 90 contact points nationwide. They offer consultation and information to all questions and show possibilities for funding. One of them is in Tübingen, more information is available under All contact… Read More

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German Federal Armed Forces start withdrawal from Afghanistan

German soldiers were stationed in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. The Federal Armed Forces have started the withdrawal on April 30th. “Our mission in Afghanistan is over,” explains the Ministry of Defense. Almost 1100 German soldiers were still in Afghanistan on April 30th – most of them in Mazar-i-Sharif, which is in the North of the country. Local employees of the Armed Forces which are being threatened are also supposed to be brought to Germany. This was announced by Secretary of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Only second to the USA, Germany provides the largest part of the NATO-troops. It is not… Read More

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German ID cards for naturalized persons

Of the people who have fled to Germany since 2014, some now have German citizenship. If you have the naturalization certificate, you must apply for a German identity card or a German passport. The town hall / citizens’ office of the place of residence is responsible for this. In addition to the naturalization certificate, the passport authorities there require an original translated and authenticated birth certificate. These can be issued by an embassy or a German consulate in the country of birth of the naturalized person. With the birth certificate, people prove their identity. Identity has already been checked in… Read More

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Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking

In the current issue of the international integration ranking, Germany is longer in the top ten. The “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX) has measured the integration of migrants in 52 countries for the fifth time. Since 2007, an international research team has been studying how different countries support new migrants in being part of the society. Germany’s integration policy has become more restrictive. This is in part a reaction to the “Refugee Summer 2015”. Other countries, such as Ireland, Luxemburg and Spain, have had a more inclusive integration policy in the last five years. As in 2015, Germany’s integration places… Read More

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Integration summit 2021 – the result

During the 13th integration summit on March 9th – a digital event with 120 representatives from state and non-profit organizations – a new “national action plan” was decided. This plan is meant to help and improve the integration and everyday life of migrants. During the summit, chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that many migrants still deal with structural disadvantages: “We’re all Germany, that’s the aim.” Annette Widmann-Mauz, integration minister of the federal government, called attention to the challenges of the pandemic: “We have to make sure that we are not set back by the corona pandemic.” Because of this, the… Read More

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Rumours about Germany

Pregnant women have a better chance of getting asylum in Germany. Germany takes in 5000 migrants daily – these and many other rumours about migration to Germany and Europe can be found on the internet. This wrong information leads many people to flee to Germany and falsely hope for asylum in Europe. Often, these rumours are spread by traffickers, who want more profit. However, people should base their decision to flee or migrate to Germany on facts instead of lies. Because of this, the German Federal Foreign Office has launched the website “#rumoursaboutgermany” in 2015. The website is available in… Read More

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Tolerated Stay for Working Professionals offers prospect for residence

Under certain requirements, a Tolerated Stay for the purpose of work has been possible since January 1st, 2020. This offers longtime employees protection from deportation and prospects for a long-term residence. However, high requirements are tied to this. For example, the identity has to be confirmed and one has to have had a full-time and insured employment for at least 18 months. Furthermore, one has to have provided for their own livelihood for at least 12 months. The so-called Tolerated Stay for Working Professionals (Beschäftigungsduldung) is a possibility for tolerated persons, who have not yet been accepted as asylum seekers.… Read More

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Naturalization tests offered again

Women and men who want to get naturalized into Germany have to take a test. The Tübingen Volkshochschule is offering dates for this test again. There are three opportunities in March: on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Until July, one test per month follows. The test takes a maximum of one hour. The naturalization test examines the knowledge of the legal and social order as well as the living conditions in Germany. The participants get 33 questions, of which they have to answer 17 correctly. Persons who wish to take the test have to register personally in the secretariat of… Read More

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Refugees worldwide, in Europe and in Germany: the numbers for 2020

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, around 76 million people are fleeing worldwide. Out of these, around 46 million seek refuge in their own county, they are also called “internally displaced people. The currently biggest flight and migration movement is in Venezuela. At least three million people have left the country into neighboring ones. Around 95.000 refugees reached the borders of the European Union in 2020. Most of them came over the western Mediterranean routes to Spain (41.900), around 34.200 people reached Italy and 2.300 the island of Malta over the central Mediterranean routes, about 15.600 came over the… Read More

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Male refugees from Syria may file follow-up asylum applications

In November, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that male refugees between the ages of 18 and 45 who are subjected to military service and come from Syria are entitled to refugee protection. This came about due to the high risk in Syria of forced participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Refusal of military service should, therefore, lead to refugee protection. Since many Syrian refugees have only received subsidiary protection in recent years, the ECJ ruling means they were wrongly denied refugee protection and related rights (such as family reunification). For those whose asylum procedure has already… Read More

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New consultation for migrants in Mössingen

The city of Mössingen has set up a new advice center: newcomers and migrants can contact Dilek Aydin with questions about language, education, work and leisure in Mössingen. She works in the integration department of the city administration. Consultation times at the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 44 are available on Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or by appointment. The consultation can take place in German, Turkish, English or in other languages with an interpreter. You can reach Dilek Aydin at or by phone: 07473 370-1240 There is also a consultation hour there on Wednesdays from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for… Read More

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Consultation for migrants with a disability

The life-help Tübingen (Lebenshilfe Tübingen), in cooperation with the city of Rottenburg, offers a consultation for children, youngsters and adults with a disability, as well as their relatives. “We are glad that we can offer help to migrants through the life-help consultation again,” says Wolfgang Jüngling, the refugee commissioner of Rottenburg. The consultation gives information about, but not limited to: coping in everyday life, financing of aids, conversations with the school or day care center, accompaniment to doctors and authorities. Furthermore, they offer recreational activities for the whole family. The consultation is part of the Rottenburg refugee help center (Rottenburger… Read More

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German border open for people seeking protection

Due to the corona-pandemic, entry into Germany is limited. However, there are exceptions to the entry restrictions: Citizens of a country belonging to the European Union, as well as people from other states that have a long-term resident permit, are allowed to enter. There are also exceptions to the entry restrictions for those seeking protection: People who come to Germany for the purpose of joining their families are allowed entry, as long as they have the necessary documents. Additionally, people who want to apply for asylum can enter. This means that refugees will not be turned away at the border… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 8: Students

If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. He is responsible for naturalizations in the district office in Tübingen. The interview was conducted by Fatima, among others, who works on the editorial staff of tünews INTERNATIONAL. She is still a student herself and asked about the subjects of minimum stay and language level: “Does the Realschule qualification also count as a language test?” Regenbrecht explained that her upcoming Realschule qualification would shorten the minimum stay before naturalization from 8 to 6 years. The shorter period also applies… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 7: Obligation to the Basic Law

If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that applicants are committed to the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. For Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, the values ​​that the Basic Law defines as Germany’s constitution are “an essential moment.” He gives examples of human dignity, protection of marriage and family, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of travel “and more.” Regenbrecht makes it clear why he examines this basic requirement particularly carefully: “The people who want to be naturalized often come from… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 6: Give up your previous citizenship

If you want German citizenship, you need to meet several basic requirements. One of them is that most people need to give up their previous citizenship before naturalization can take place. This is emphasized by Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office. The legislator basically wants people to have only one citizenship. In general, only foreigners from member states of the European Union can retain their previous citizenship. Anyone who receives political asylum and has a passport is also exempt. Otherwise he would have to make an application in his consulate or embassy. And the… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 3: Proof of identity

If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is proving your identity with original documents. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the Tübingen district office, considers this provision, which has been in force for about a year, to be “a great evil”. In the past, he could have accepted the required proof of identity as a certified photocopy and thus in a simpler form than today. Regenbrecht and his colleagues now must formally request original documents. The district official refers to countries where “there is no type of German registry office”,… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 4: Crimes can prevent naturalization

If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that no serious crimes for naturalization applicants are registered in the Federal Central Register. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, also always checks this basic requirement. The legislature initially set a penalty of 90 daily rates that naturalization applicants in the Federal Central Register must not exceed. That is why Regenbrecht is currently not allowed to naturalize someone who has been sentenced to 100 daily rates by the court, for example as a result of physical assault. However,… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 5: German test for immigrants

If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of these is sufficient knowledge of the German language. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the district office in Tübingen, describes how naturalization applicants who have not completed school in Germany can prove their language level and take the naturalization test. The German test for immigrants must be taken at a certified educational institution, for example the adult education center, Volkshochschule. After passing the exam, telc, a language test provider in Frankfurt, issues a certificate that is recognized nationwide. Level B1 must be reached in… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 11: “Tolerance stay” is not considered as residence time

People who want German citizenship must meet several basic requirements. To do this, you must have been in Germany for 6, 7 or 8 years “legally and continuously”. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, explains that “tolerance stay” (Duldung) does not in principle count as time of stay. A “tolerated” person would actually have to leave Germany. They are only allowed to stay because, for example, they face “danger to life and limb” if deported. That is why it is clearly started in toleration documents that those concerned are required to leave the country.… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 10: Economic capability

If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that those who want to naturalize can make a living out of their own resources. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is also responsible for naturalizations at the district of Tübingen, specified that, for example, receiving social assistance can lead to the rejection of an application for naturalization. However, he sometimes has a degree of discretion. If, for example, he sees that a single woman with two children needs additional social assistance in addition to her own low earnings, then he would not penalize her: “This is not… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 9: Citizenship

If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. This also applies to people who were born in Germany. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations at the Tübingen district office, explained that people in Germany acquire their citizenship through descent. Descent means that their ancestors must already have German citizenship. Germans must prove their lineage back to 1938. They use birth certificates or other certificates to show where and when they, their father and possibly their grandfather were born. Since January 1st, 1975, they may also refer to their mother’s lineage. Then the mother, her father and… Read More

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Advice on asylum law

“Coffee to stay” is the name of a cooperation project between the Asylum Center and the Catholic parish in Tübingen, represented by City Deacon Bernward Hecke. Refugees can get help on migration law questions every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sankt Johannes community center at Bachgasse 5. This is done by social workers with experience in the asylum procedures, students of the “Refugee Law Clinic” and former judges as well as lawyers. They advise refugees in the asylum process, establish contacts with lawyers and can also help in individual cases with social or criminal law issues.… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 2: Minimum stay required

If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of the requirements is the time that naturalization applicants need to have lived in Germany. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the Tübingen district office, mentioned four different periods of stay in conversation with tünews INTERNATIONAL. The naturalization law initially uses a residence period of 8 years. Anyone who stays in Germany “legally and continuously” for so long is entitled to naturalization. Then Regenbrecht checks whether the person fulfills the other basic requirements. In some cases, the law places naturalization at the discretion of the naturalization… Read More

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Naturalization in Germany 1: Several basic requirements

People who have fled to Germany since 2014 are now thinking of becoming German citizens. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. Regenbrecht has been responsible for naturalizations at the district office in Tübingen for 15 years. In the studio of tünews INTERNATIONAL, he first gave an overview of the conditions imposed by the German Citizenship Act, which was last changed on November 20th, 2019. Regenbrecht mentioned the time that refugees must have legally and permanently lived in Germany, which is usually 8 years. Sometimes shorter periods of 7, 6 or 3 years may also apply. The… Read More

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Right to stay instead of deportation

Having a “plan B”, an alternative plan in mind, is always a good idea. Due to the socalled “Ordered Return Law” (Geordnete-Rückkehr-Gesetz) passed in summer 2019, many people are in need of counselling, since the legal situation keeps changing almost every month. The Tübingen initiatives “move on – menschen.rechte tübingen e.V.“  (move on – human.rights Tübingen e.V.) and  “Fluchtpunkte e.V.” (Escape Points Tübingen e.V.) are supporting refugees with their new project “Plan.B” in their efforts for a secure right of residence in Germany. Anyone who wants to receive a toleration (Duldung) because of training or work must provide an identity… Read More

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“The right to stay through work”

Entrepreneurs from Baden-Württemberg demand that refugees with unsecured residence who are employed and well-integrated no longer be deported. The entrepreneurs spoke out to Interior Minister Thomas Strobl and protested against the deportation of well-integrated workers. “There should be no more bans on employment and short-notice deportations of asylum seekers integrated into work,” Markus Winter, one of the spokesmen for the entrepreneurs’ initiative “Right to stay through work”, told the Schwäbische Zeitung. “As entrepreneurs, we have invested a lot of money in the training and education of these individuals.” The entrepreneurs also recently expressed their concerns in the ARD daily topics.… Read More

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Education or work allowance: Urgent

A new residence law has been enforced in Germany since January 2020. It affects allowance to engage in education or work. Anyone wishing to apply must provide proof of who he or she is and where he or she came from by Tuesday, June 30th. This is urgent. Afterward the due date the allowance can no longer be applied for. A birth certificate (with name, nationality, date of birth) and a passport or other official document of the country of origin must be provided by June 30th. If this does not work, the applicants must prove that they have taken… Read More

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Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen

Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen Due to the corona situation, there are currently no open office hours at the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen. Appointments can be made in urgent cases. The following accessibility applies to the individual offices and authorities:   Immigration office in the district office An appointment is to be made directly with the responsible clerk. The contact details can be found here: To prolong tolerations and residence permits, it is sufficient to send the residence permits or tolerations to the district office. After the extension, the documents will… Read More

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Corona: Who has to leave the country, but can’t

The corona epidemic is also affecting people who were to stay in Germany for three months without a visa or with a limited “Schengen visa”. It may be possible that these people are unable to leave the country because of the corona measures. In such cases, the local foreigner’s office can extend the visa by up to six months due to humanitarian reasons or issue a tolerance permit. The Asylum Centre Tübingen points out that affected persons have to submit a corresponding application before the expiry of the legal residence period. tun032302 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto:… Read More

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Corona: Applications to the immigration office by post

In Tübingen, almost all applications can now be submitted in writing to the local foreigner’s office. This also applies to applications for employment or training permits. These must be sent to the foreigners’ office by post. If the foreigners’ office has approved an application, it will send the corresponding residence documents by post. Applications for redistribution and applications for change or cancellation of the residency must also be submitted in writing. According to the Asylum Centre Tübingen, those who start a new job or change employers must fill out the form “Stellenbeschreibung” (Job Description) from the Employment Agency’s website and… Read More

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Corona: Easier applications for residency in Tübingen

In Tübingen, almost all applications can now be submitted in writing to the local foreigners’ office. This means that you no longer have to come in person. According to information from the Asylum Centre in Tübingen, the office is currently extending toleration periods by six months and residence permits by twelve months. When a residence permit is applied for the first time, the application must be submitted in writing in person. If possible, however, the foreigners’ registration office can also waive the requirement to appear in person in this case. The old passport can, then, be sent to the foreigners’… Read More

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Tübingen Foreigners Office: New regulations due to Corona

Almost all applications to the local foreigner’s registration office can now be submitted in writing, so that no personal contact may be required. For clarification of unresolved questions, the staff members can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the number 204-2020. Asylum seekers can send applications for residence permits or tolerance permits (Duldung) per post to the local foreigner’s registration office or by dropping them in the letterbox at the citizen center (Bürgeramt). The staff will return the extended documents as soon as possible. Tolerance permits have currently been extended by six months and residence permits by… Read More

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The way to permanent residence

Future The way to permanent residence By Mohammed Kheer Hazeem and Feras Trayfi The tünews editors Mohammed Kheer Hazeem and Feras Trayfi talked to Thomas Steimle and Thorsten Lehmann from the foreigners authority in the Tübingen district administration office about this topic: What is a settlement permit? A settlement permit is a permanent residence permit for third-country nationals. Which conditions need to be fulfilled? The requirements depend on the individual case. There is a special paragraph for refugees, namely § 26 Abs 3 Residence Act. There the requirements for refugees are listed. There are two options: you can apply for… Read More

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