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Getting a late repatriate certificate


If you have received a letter of admission as a late repatriate and are registered in Germany at your new place of residence, you will receive the certificate as a late repatriate and thus German citizenship.

You are considered a late repatriate if you are of German descent and live in a state of the former Eastern Bloc or the successor states of the former Soviet Union. Your stay in Germany must be justified and approved through a special admission procedure.

After entering the Federal Republic of Germany, you will first be taken to the Friedland reception centre of the Federal Office of Administration. There, you and your family members will go through a registration and distribution process. You will receive a registration certificate confirming your participation in the procedure.

You will then be assigned to a state where you and your family will relocate. You will then receive a certificate from the Federal Office of Administration stating that you are a late repatriate or relative.

At the same time, you receive German citizenship with this certificate and are thus entitled to benefits, for example, from pension and statutory accident insurance, the Federal Employment Agency or the social welfare offices.

  • They fulfil the status of ethnic German repatriate (BVFG).
  • They have gone through the admission procedure for ethnic German repatriates.
  • After your entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, you have been assigned to a federal state and registered with the local residents' registration office.

The duration of the procedure can be up to several weeks.

  • Forms: none
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: no

You do not have to apply for the certificate yourself, but will receive it automatically.

  • After you have completed the admission procedure at the initial reception centre of the Federal Office of Administration in Friedland, the certification procedure will also be initiated.
  • They are then assigned to a federal state. Their family ties, work, employment and training opportunities are taken into account.
  • If you wish, you can submit a name declaration during the registration and distribution process (for example, to adapt your first and last name to German usage).
  • The late repatriate certificate will then be sent to you by post to your place of residence.

Federal Office of Administration

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt - Landesamt zur Regelung offener Vermögensfragen, 2. SED-UnBerG, Integration, Bildung, Ausbildungsförderung
Kühnauer Straße 161
06846 Dessau-Roßlau, Stadt
0340 6506-304
0340 6506-338

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

However, appointments can also be made outside office hours by individual arrangement. Please note that individual areas have different opening hours. These can be found on the respective website of the department.

elevator available, wheelchair-accessible