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



The German language is the key to integration. The German language is important if you want to live in Germany permanently. You should also 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. This includes topics such as shopping, public transportation, contacts with authorities, finding a place to live, spending free time with friends and neighbors, and situations in everyday life. They 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, culture and recent history of your new home country.

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 hours of instruction in the language course and 100 hours of instruction in the orientation course.
  • Special integration courses. These courses consist of 900 hours of instruction in the language course and 100 hours of instruction in the orientation course. They are available for
    • Women
    • parents
    • young adults who are no longer of school age (youth integration course)
    • Immigrants with literacy needs (literacy course)
    • People who have not learned the Latin script (second language learning course)
    • People with increased linguistic needs (remedial courses)
    • People with disabilities (for example, the deaf, the visually impaired)
  • Intensive courses: These courses are suitable if language learning is easy for you and you want to and can reach the course goal particularly quickly. An intensive course consists of 400 lessons in the language course and 30 lessons in the orientation course.

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

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

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

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

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

When applying, you must submit:

  • Copy of passport or identity card (Union citizens).
  • Copy of the current residence permit
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: no



Related Links

  • Antrag zur Teilnahme am Integrationskurs auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge: Für Asylbewerber, Geduldete und Ausländer mit Aufenthaltserlaubnis
  • Antrag zur Teilnahme am Integrationskurs auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge: Für Ausländerinnen und Ausländer
  • Antrag zur Teilnahme am Integrationskurs auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge: Für deutsche Staatsangehörige

Preconditions

If you are legally and permanently residing 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 an integration course under certain conditions:

  • You have one of the following residence titles:
    • as a specialist
    • as a researcher
    • as a self-employed person
    • for the purpose of family reunification
    • as a person entitled to asylum (on humanitarian grounds), a recognized refugee and a person entitled to subsidiary protection
    • as a long-term resident in another member state of the European Union
    • as an immigrant with residence for special political reasons, 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 held a residence permit for more than 18 months,

unless your stay is of a temporary nature.

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

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

  • hold 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,
  • entered Germany from another country of origin (but not from a safe country of origin) before August 1, 2019, have held a residence permit for at least 3 months, and meet one of the following requirements:
    • you are registered with the employment agency as a person seeking training, employment or unemployment, or
    • you are in dependent employment or
    • you are undergoing in-company training or
    • you are undergoing vocational preparation training or the training preparation phase of assisted training, or
    • the aforementioned requirements do not have to be met 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 can also be admitted to attend the course

  • if you have a toleration permit because urgent humanitarian or personal reasons or substantial 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

  • if there is a "recognizably low need for integration"
  • if you already have sufficient knowledge of the German language.
  • if you are subject to compulsory education
  • if you are a young adult or young adult taking up school education or continuing your school career in Germany

Related Links

  • § 44 Absatz 1 und 4 Aufenthaltsgesetz (AufenthG)
  • § 55 Absatz 1 Aufenthaltsgesetz (AsylG)
  • § 60 a Absatz 2 Satz 3 Aufenthaltsgesetz (AufenthG)
  • § 25 Absatz 5 Aufenthaltsgesetz (AufenthG)
  • § 5 Absatz 1 der Verordnung über die Durchführung von Integrationskursen für Ausländer und Spätaussiedler (Integrationskursverordnung, IntV)
  • § 11 Absatz 1 des Gesetzes über die allgemeine Freizügigkeit von Unionsbürgern (Freizügigkeitsgesetz/EU - FreizügG/EU)

Related Links

  • Informationen zu Integrationskursen auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Merkblatt zum Antrag auf Zulassung zu einem Integrations-kurs auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Merkblatt zum Integrationskurs für Asylbewerber, Geduldete und Ausländer mit Aufenthaltserlaubnis gemäß § 25 Abs. 5 AufenthG auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Merkblatt zum Integrationskurs für Neuzuwanderer sowie teilnahmeverpflichtete Altzuwanderer
  • Merkblatt zum Integrationskurs für Spätaussiedlerinnen und Spätaussiedler sowie ihre Familienangehörigen auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Informationen zum Thema "Sichere Herkunftsstaaten" auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge

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 mail.

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

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Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs (BMI)

Last update or date of publication
06.05.2021