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 d.aydin@moessingen.de 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: www.kreis-tuebingen.de/310341.html 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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