The Residence Act provides for different forms of access to integration courses. The form of access applies to you depends on when you have received your residence permit, whether you are a late emigrant or an EU citizen, have a certain status under the Residence Act or are German. For all groups, you must first receive an authorization certificate before you can participate in an integration course. You have obtained your residence status before 1 January 2005 If there are still places available, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees can allow you to take an integration course. To do so, you must send an application to a regional office of the Office. To do so, please use the application form. You may also be required to participate because an authority invites you to participate. Such an obligation to participate is considered if you are a foreigner and you receive unemployment benefit II, the obligation provided for in the integration agreement and the body that pays you unemployment benefit II obliges you to participate, or you are in need of integration in a special way and the immigration authority asks you to participate. For more information: Integration courses for residence permits issued before 1 January 2005 You have received your residence status as of 1 January 2005 If you have obtained a permanent residence or establishment permit for the first time after this date (only when issuing a residence permit for the purposes specified in Section 44 (1) AufenthG), you are entitled to an integration course. This requirement does not apply to children, adolescents and young adults who are in education in Germany, if there is a noticeable low need for integration, or if you already speak sufficiently German (you may still take an orientation course). If you are unable to communicate in A German in a simple way or receive unemployment benefit II and you ask the body from which you receive the support, you are obliged to take a course. For more information, see: Integration courses on residence permits issued from 1 January 2005 Late settlers You are entitled to participate in an integration course if you have either come to Germany from 1 January 2005 or have already come to Germany before and have not yet taken a language course sponsored by the Federal Employment Agency. Even if you have already taken a language course of the Federal Agency, you can be admitted to the intergation course if places are still available (Section 44 sec. 4 sentence 2 of the Residence Act). The course is free of charge for you, your spouse and your children. For more information, see: Integration courses for late emigrants EU citizens The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees can allow you to take a course if there are still places available. To do so, you must send an application to a regional office of the Office. For more information, see: Integration courses for EU citizens German citizens If you are not speaking enough German or are in need of integration, you can take a course if there are still places available. To do so, you must send an application to a regional office of the Office. For more information, see: Integration courses for Germans Long-term patient Paragraph 104a of the Residence Act specifies the conditions under which long-term tolerated foreigners may obtain a residence permit with which they can be admitted to an integration course. With a residence permit pursuant to Section 104 a (1) of the Residence Act or Section 23 (1) of the Residence Act, the foreigner can apply to the competent regional office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees for admission to an integration course. With admission, he can register with a course carrier to participate in the course. Long-term patients may be required to participate if they receive unemployment benefit II and the obligation is provided for in the integration agreement. Third-country nationals who are long-term residents If you can prove that you have been in another EU Member State for more than five years, the Immigration Department will determine your right to take a course. You will then be eligible to participate. You are obliged to participate if you speak no or little German or receive unemployment benefit II and the competent authority asks you to participate. If you have a residence permit in accordance with Section 38a of the Residence Act (i.e. your residence permit can be transferred from another EU country) and have already taken part in integration measures in another EU country, you only need to attend the language course, not the orientation course. Integration courses in preparation for the naturalisation test The integration courses can also be used as preparation if you are on the verge of a naturalization test and need proof of sufficient Knowledge of German. The 45-hour orientation course covers many topics that are part of the naturalization test. However, there are also special naturalisation courses which, on the basis of a framework curriculum, prepare comprehensively and specifically for the naturalisation test.