How can asylum seekers learn German?
In order to make a quick integration in society and in the labour market possible, a new law, the Act on Acceleration of Asylum Procedures (Asylverfahrensbeschleunigungsgesetz) came into effect October 24, 2015. This opens the German integration course (=intensive German courses) to asylum seekers and persons with temporary suspension of deportation status (Geduldete) with good prospects of long-term residency. These courses usually last 6 months and comprise about 660 class hours. The following persons are eligible for an application for participation:
Asylum seekers who
-have a permission to reside (Aufenthaltsgestattung) and who are expected to achieve a legal permanent residency (only for people from Eritrea, Irak, Iran and Syria) or
– have a temporary suspension of deportation status (Duldung) acc. to § 60a subs. 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act) or
– have a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) acc. to § 25 subs. 5 of the Residence Act
The above named target groups receive on application at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) an approval for participation in the German integration course. The exact details on the procedure are published below in various languages:
You must submit the application at the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF), Referat 325, 90343 Nürnberg.
Courses will also take place in different towns. Contact the VHS for the exact times, dates and locations:
Contact: Sonja Tenschert at the VHS, Königstraße 22, 95028 Hof, telephone 09281-7145-13