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Apply for admission to the integration course

Description

The German language is the key to integration. The German language is important if you want to live in Germany permanently. In addition, you should know a few things about Germany and its society: history, culture and legal system are part of it. You will learn all this in the integration course.

In the integration course, you will learn the vocabulary for all important areas of daily life and the world of work. For example, topics such as shopping, public transport, contacts with authorities, finding accommodation, leisure activities with friends and neighbours as well as situations in everyday life. You will learn how to write letters in German, fill out forms, make phone calls or apply for a job. You will get to know Germany and learn the most important things about the laws and politics, the culture and the recent history of your new home.

Each integration course consists of a language course and an orientation course.
There are different types of integration courses:

  • General Integration Course: This course consists of 600 lessons in the language course and 100 lessons in the orientation course.
  • Special integration courses. These courses consist of 900 lessons in the language course and 100 lessons in the orientation course. They are available for
    • women
    • parents
    • young adults who are no longer required to attend school (youth integration course)
    • Immigrants in need of literacy (literacy course)
    • People who have not learned the Latin script (secondary language learning course)
    • People with increased language pedagogical needs (remedial courses)
    • People with disabilities (e.g. deaf, visually impaired)
  • Intensive courses: These courses are suitable if language learning is easy for you and you want to and can achieve the course target particularly quickly. An intensive course consists of 400 lessons in the language course and 30 lessons in the orientation course.

Integration courses are conducted as full-time and part-time courses.

Before participating in the integration course, you need a certificate of eligibility. This is your participation permit, with which you register with an integration course provider.

If you voluntarily participate in the integration course, you must first apply for participation in the integration course at the BAMF and then receive the certificate of eligibility.

If you are entitled to participate in an integration course as a ethnic German repatriate or as a family member, you will receive the certificate of eligibility from the Federal Office of Administration.

You can apply in writing to the BAMF for participation in the integration course.

If you want to learn the German language and find your way independently in everyday life, you can take part in an integration course under certain conditions.

You must submit your application for participation in the integration course in writing to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF):

In writing by post

  • You can choose to fill out the form on the BAMF website or download it and then fill it out.
  • Print the form and sign it.
  • Send the form together with the copies of your required documents to the BAMF regional office responsible for you.
  • The BAMF will examine your application and contact you if you have any questions or missing documents.
  • If you are entitled to participate in an integration course, you will receive a written confirmation from the BAMF.
  • With the authorization certificate, you register as soon as possible with a course provider.
  • Choose a course provider near you. For example, you can research this on the BAMF website (BAMF-NAvI).
  • You will be admitted to participate within the framework of the available course places.

If you are legally and permanently resident in Germany and have no or insufficient knowledge of the German language (below level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), you are legally entitled to participate in the integration course under certain conditions:

  • You have one of the following residence permits:
    • as a specialist
    • as a researcher
    • as a self-employed person
    • for the purpose of family reunification
    • as a person entitled to asylum (for humanitarian reasons), recognised refugee and beneficiary of subsidiary protection
    • as a long-term resident in another Member State of the European Union
    • as immigrants with a stay of particular political interest, for example Jewish immigrants, humanitarian admission program and
  • Your stay in Germany is permanent. This is the case if you have received a residence permit of at least one year or have had a residence permit for more than 18 months,

unless your stay is temporary.

If you do not fall under the above groups, but have a permanent and legal residence (for example, as an EU citizen or family member) and do not have sufficient German language skills, you can be admitted to participate in the integration course upon application to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Admission is then possible as long as course places are still available.

If you have German citizenshipbut do not have sufficient knowledge of the German language and are particularly in need of integration, you can also be admitted to participate in an integration course upon application.

You can already be admitted to the integration course during an ongoing asylum procedure if you:

  • have a residence permit – currently – with citizenship from the countries of origin Syria, Somalia or Eritrea, have not yet applied for asylum in any other Member State of the European Union or are obliged to do so,
  • have entered Germany from another country of origin (but not from a safe country of origin) before 1 August 2019, have had a residence permit for at least 3 months and meet one of the following requirements:
    • You are registered with the Employment Agency for training, jobseeker or unemployed, or
    • You are employed or
    • You are in in-company training or
    • You are in vocational preparation training measures or the pre-training phase of assisted training or
    • the aforementioned requirements do not have to be fulfilled if you have to raise a child who does not yet have to go to school and cannot be cared for in any other way (for example, in a daycare center)

You may also be admitted to participate in the course,

  • if you have a tolerated stay because urgent humanitarian or personal reasons or significant public interests require your temporary continued presence in Germany.
  • if you have a residence permit because your departure is impossible for legal or factual reasons and you are prevented from leaving through no fault of your own.


Note: Admission is not possible:

  • in case of "recognizably low integration requirements"
  • if you already have sufficient knowledge of the German language.
  • if you are subject to compulsory schooling
  • if you start a school education as a young adult or young adult or continue your school career in Germany

When applying, you must submit:

  • Copy of passport or identity card (EU citizen)
  • Copy of the current residence permit
  • Own amount per lesson (45 minutes): EUR 2,20
  • Total cost contribution for the General Integration Course EUR 1,540
  • Total cost contribution for special courses, for example literacy course with 1,000 teaching units plus possibility of 300 teaching units Repetition hours: a total of EUR 2,860

Note: Under certain conditions, you can apply to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees for an exemption from the cost contribution (together with admission to participate in the integration course).
If you do not receive a cost exemption, you can apply to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) for a refund of 50 percent of the cost contribution made. To do so, you must prove successful participation in the integration course within 2 years of receiving eligibility (passing the German test for immigrants (DTZ) and the test "Living in Germany").

Application before the start of the integration course

  • for the processing of the application: usually about 2 weeks
  • contradiction
  • Action before the Administrative Court

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