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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Applying for admission as an ethnic German repatriate

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If you are a late repatriate and would like to resettle to Germany, you and your relatives will first go through an admission procedure.

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, you can permanently relocate to Germany. But before you leave for Germany, you have to go through an admission procedure for ethnic German repatriates.

In this procedure, the Federal Office of Administration checks whether you meet the legal requirements for relocating to Germany. If you receive a letter of admission, you may enter the Federal Republic of Germany. With the recognition as a Spätaussiedler you receive German citizenship.

Your family members can also relocate to Germany together with you upon application. You can include your spouse and children in your admission letter if:

  • you expressly request this,
  • the marriage with the non-German spouse has existed for at least three years, and
  • Your wife or husband has a basic knowledge of the German language.

If you want to include children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren who are already of legal age, they must also prove basic knowledge of the German language. You can also include your spouse in the admission letter at a later date.

You must organise and pay for your departure (e.g. by train, bus or plane) yourself. After arriving in Germany, you and your family members will first come to the Friedland branch office of the Federal Office of Administration. There you will be registered and assigned to a federal state.

Afterwards, you can take part in an integration course free of charge.

Please submit your application for admission under the Federal Expellees Act in writing:

  • Download and print the form online.
  • Alternatively, you can request the form in writing from the Federal Office of Administration.
  • Fill in the form and attach the necessary supporting documents.
  • Submit the application documents to the Federal Office of Administration.
  • You will receive the respective processing status and the decision of the Federal Office of Administration by post without being asked.

If your application is approved:

  • Register verbally at the Federal Office of Administration. You will receive proof of this.
  • Your identity will be verified by the application details.
  • This initiates the certification procedure.
  • They are allocated to a federal state, taking into account family ties, work, employment and training opportunities.
  • If desired, you can submit a name declaration in the distribution procedure (for example, adaptation of the first and last name to the German language.

If your application was denied:

  • You may object to this. You must do this in writing by post within one month.
  • If you do not agree with a decision of the Federal Office of Administration, you have the option of filing an objection or filing a lawsuit.

Herself:

  • You come from a state of the former Soviet Union and are a person with German ethnicity:
    • You have at least one parent with German citizenship or German ethnicity.
    • Until leaving the resettlement areas, they have professed their support for German ethnicity by means of a corresponding declaration of nationality or in some other way.
    • At the time of the decision of the Federal Office of Administration on your application for admission, you can have a simple interview on German.
  • If you live in countries other than the former Soviet Union (including Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania): You have experienced discrimination because of your German ethnicity or are subject to the after-effects of previous discrimination.

Your family members (spouse, children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren):

  • the marriage with the non-German spouse has existed for at least three years.
  • Your spouse and your adult children have a basic knowledge of German in accordance with level A 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Proof of German ethnicity

  • By proving your German descent (submission of corresponding civil status certificates, e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate)
  • and a commitment to German ethnicity within the meaning of the Federal Expellees Act by means of a corresponding declaration of nationality (for example in the domestic passport, in the military passport) or in any other way by
  • proof of sufficient German language skills at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (e.g. by means of a certificate or a language test at a mission abroad)
  • Objection period against a rejection decision: within one month after notification
  • Time limit for bringing an action: within one month of notification of the notice of opposition
  • between several months and several years (the duration of the procedure depends, among other things, on the applicants' participation and language skills)
  • between arrival in Friedland and distribution to a federal state: about 5 days

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