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  • Consultation for migrants with a disability
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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...
  • German border open for people seeking protection
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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,...
  • Naturalization in Germany 8: Students
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 7: Obligation to the Basic Law
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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,...
  • Naturalization in Germany 6: Give up your previous citizenship
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 3: Proof of identity
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 4: Crimes can prevent naturalization
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 5: German test for immigrants
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 11: “Tolerance stay” is not considered as residence time
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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,...
  • Naturalization in Germany 10: Economic capability
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 9: Citizenship
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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...
  • Advice on asylum law
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 2: Minimum stay required
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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...
  • Naturalization in Germany 1: Several basic requirements
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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...
  • Right to stay instead of deportation
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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...
  • “The right to stay through work”
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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...
  • Education or work allowance: Urgent
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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...
  • Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen
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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...
  • Corona: Who has to leave the country, but can’t
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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...
  • Corona: Applications to the immigration office by post
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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...
  • Corona: Easier applications for residency in Tübingen
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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...
  • Tübingen Foreigners Office: New regulations due to Corona
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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...
  • The way to permanent residence
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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...
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