Get a certificate from ethnic German repatriates

If you have received a notification of admission as a ethnic German repatriate and are registered in Germany at your new place of residence, you will receive the certificate as a late Repatriate and thus German citizenship.

You are considered a ethnic German repatriate 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. Your stay in Germany must be justified and approved via a special admission procedure.

After entering the Federal Republic of Germany, you will first be sent to the Friedland Reception Centre of the Federal Office of Administration. There, you and your family members go through a registration and distribution process. You will receive a registration form confirming your participation in the procedure.

You will then be assigned to a state to which you and your family will relocate. You will then receive a certificate from the Federal Office of Administration that you are a spätaussiedler or a relative.

At the same time, you will receive German citizenship with this certificate and are thus entitled to benefits, for example from the pension and statutory accident insurance, the Federal Employment Agency or the social welfare offices.


  • Forms: none
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: no


  • They meet the ethnic German repatriate characteristics (BVFG).
  • You have completed the admission procedure for ethnic German repatriates.
  • After your entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, you have been assigned to a federal state and registered with the responsible residents' registration office there.

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  • § 15 Federal Displaced Persons Act (BVFG)

You do not have to apply for the certificate yourself, but will receive it automatically.

  • After you have completed the admission procedure in the initial reception centre of the Federal Office of Administration in Friedland, the certification procedure will also be initiated.
  • They are then assigned to a state. Your family ties, work, employment and training opportunities are taken into account.
  • If you wish, you can submit a name declaration during the registration and distribution procedure (for example, to adapt your first and last name to the German language).
  • The Spätaussiedlerbescheinigung will then be sent to you by post to your place of residence.

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