Flüchtlingsstatus (refugee status)

The Geneva Convention on Refugee requires states to guarantee protection to refugees if their life or liberty is threatened in their country of origin. Threats based on race, religion, citizenship, or political opinion as well as membership of a particular social group are grounds for refugee protection. In Germany, refugee status is obtained by being recognized by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) as a person entitled to asylum or as a refugee as set forth in the Geneva Convention on Refugees.

Folgeantrag (follow-up application)

A follow-up application is a new application for asylum that the applicant may file if the first application is rejected or withdrawn. A second application is only possible if new reasons exist for asylum to be considered – for example, if the applicant can now present evidence to convince authorities of renewed cause for application approval, or the situation in the country of origin has fundamentally deteriorated. A follow-up application will not lead to a right to reside unless and until the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has confirmed to the Immigration Authority that new reasons exist.