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The flowchart shows the asylum procedure in Germany.

Asylum procedure Residence Permit Status


1.       Immigration & Reception Facility -> BÜMA

2.       Asylum Application – temporary permission to stay

3.       Dublin process

4.       Interview

5.       Recognition – Residence permit

6.       Rejection

  • temporary suspension of deportation,
  • Deportation into homeland,
  • deportation into a Dublin-country

FAQ – frequently asked questions are answered by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) here.

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Asylum Application


If not yet registered as an asylum seeker you must generally file your applications in person at a branch of the Federal Office. The branches of the BAMF in Niedersachsen are located in:



Im Rehagen 12

49565 Bramsche, Niedersachsen

Telephone: 0521 9316-490



Boeselagerstraße 4

38108 Braunschweig, Niedersachsen

Telephone: 0531 3545-0



Heimkehrerstraße 16

37133 Friedland

Telephone: 0911 943 8753

The Asylum-Seekers' Benefits Act


You have a temporary residence permit, your asylum procedure is current, or you have a temporary suspension of deportation? Tthen you will receive social welfare according to the The Asylum-Seekers' Benefits Act (AsylbLG).


The Asylum-Seekers' Benefits Act (AsylbLG) regulates how asylum seekers shall be supported. What you need for you day-to-day life is provided in the form of non-cash benefits if you are housed in a reception facility or shared accommodation. This includes:

  • So called basic provision (food, accommodation, heating, clothing, healthcare and toiletries, household consumer goods and consumables)
  • Pocket money for personal daily needs
  • Benefits in the event of illness, pregnancy and birth as well as vaccination.
  • Additional benefits in single cases.

 (S.24 Flüchtlinge in NDS)





You get further information on the Asylum-Seekers' Benefits Act here.

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At a later date you will be invited to an interview at the BAMF. Often the interview is made when you already living in Neustadt. It usually is conducted at the reception facility. The interview encompasses questions about your personal situation, reasons why you left your homeland and the route you have taken. It is important to explain in detail why you had to leave your homeland and why you could not stay in another country.

The interview is most important, because it can determine whether you will receive protection in Germany or not. Therefore, you should prepare yourself well. The leaflet will help you.

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Decision on the asylum application


The decision on the asylum application is made in writing and communicated to the applicant by the Federal Office. The handling time is variable. The decision letter contains either the asylum grant or a prohibition of deportation notice.


With this letter you apply at the Foreigners Registration Office for a residence permit.

Rejection of the asylum application


The asylum application can be rejected if e.g. the interview did not convince or an asylum procedure was started in another European country. In case of rejection you should always seek legal assistance at an information centre or with a competent lawyer.

Dublin Regulation

“The Dublin Regulation generally states that each asylum application filed in the “Dublin Area” is only examined by one Member State of the European Union, including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein.“


(BAMF 2016)

Residence Titles





  • Temporary permission to stay = residence permit for the duration of the asylum procedure
  • Residence permit
  • EU Blue card
  • Valid visa


  • Settlement permit
  • Permission for permanent residence in the EU (allows freedom of movement in the EU)

FAQ – frequently asked questions are answered by the Federal Office here.

Voluntary return






You will have your personal reasons to return to your home country. But you have to differentiate between returning into a so-called safe country of origin or a non-safe country of origin. You have to prepare your return accordingly.

Safe countries of origin

These includes e.g.

  • Albania

  • Bosnia and Herzegowina

  • Ghana

  • Kosovo,

  • Macedonia

  • Montenegro

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

More information under IOM / OIM.

Source “Wikipedia” – safe countries of origin

NON safe countries of origin

You have to consider a lot of important details if you plan to return into a non safe country of origin. Please talk at your first thoughts on a return immediately with your responsible person at the social welfare office or a member of the "Raphaelswerk Hannover" (see below).



Please do not make a solo attempt, you may lose money, time and your current asylum status.










You can ask for support at the IOM (International Organization for Migration) if you plan to return into a safe country of origin. Germany is am member of this organization since 1954 and looks after

  • Support of the voluntary return and re-integration
  • Support for emigration and continued migration

  • Fight against human trafficking

  • Integration of migrants

Contact can be made by phone or via the "Raphaelswerk Hannover" (offices are only in Berlin, Nuremberg or Frankfurt Airport)



International Organization for Migration (IOM) Germany


Adress: Taubenstraße 20-22, 10117 Berlin


Telephone: +49 911 43 000


Fax: +49 911 43 00 260

Source “Wikipedia” – safe countries of origin


Raphaels-werk information centre



The Raphaelswerk counsels people who want to leave Germany forever or temporary. Staff will inform , counsel and support your decision process for e.g.

  • Foreign refugees who want to return ino their country of origin
  • Foreign refugees who have to leave Germany and want to migrate into a third country

Staff in Hannover:

Angelika Wagner (specialized on Syria)

Sabina Hoffmann

Magdalena Kruse

Belén Mateos



Caritasverband der Diözese Hildesheim e. V.

Adress: Vordere Schöneworth 10, 30167 Hannover

Telephone: 0511 700 52 06-0

Fax: 0511 700 52 06-99


Consultation hours:

By telephone

Monday + Friday 9:00 - 12:00 Uhr

Tuesday + Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Uhr


Open consultation for return and continued migration

On appointment!

Tuesday + Thursday 9:00 - 12:00 Uhr


Counselling via Skype possible on appointment.

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