To obtain an „Ausbildungsduldung“, you must meet the following requirements:
- You already have a “Duldung“, or your application for asylum has been rejected, and you either have not appealed the decision, or your appeal has been rejected. If you still have a temporary residence permit ("Aufenthaltsgestattung"), you are not entitled to a Tolerated Stay for the Purpose of Vocational Training.
- You need to find a training place. You can go for a dual or school-based vocational training, but it must be a qualified vocational training (“qualifizierte Berufsausbildung“) that lasts at least two years. You can read more in the section "What is a qualified vocational training?"
- You have a passport or other ID documents (driver's license, birth certificate, ...) which verify your identity or you can prove that your home country does not issue you any papers despite your request.
- You have a work permit, or you can apply for and obtain one. You can read more about work permit in our chapter "Work Permit".
If the following points apply to you, you will not be issued a Tolerated Stay for the Purpose of Vocational Training:
- The Immigration Office has already planned your deportation. If the date of your deportation is already fixed, the Immigration Office has already applied for a passport on your behalf from your home country, or a "Dublin procedure" ("Dublin-Verfahren") is in progress, you will not be able to receive a Tolerated Stay for the Purpose of Vocational Training.
- You were convicted of a crime in Germany. Small fines and monetary penalties occurring as a result of violating migration laws (e.g. illegal entry) are not counted. Being convicted of more substantial offences, however, means that you will not be able to obtain a Tolerated Stay for the Purpose of Vocational Training.
If you meet all the requirements and the two above mentioned reasons for exclusion do not apply to you, you are entitled to receive a Tolerated Stay for the Purpose of Vocational Training for the entire duration of your training. If, nevertheless, the Immigration Office rejects your application, contact a counselling centre or a lawyer. Read the section "Where can I seek advice and support?" to learn about the counselling/support opportunities available.
Please note: If you come from a safe country of origin and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has not yet decided on your asylum application, and you are able to find a spot in a training programme, it may make sense to withdraw your asylum application. Because if your application for asylum is rejected -which is very likely for people from safe countries of origin- you are not permitted to work and therefore cannot apply for a Tolerated Stay for the Purpose of Vocational Training. Make sure you seek advice from a counselling centre or a lawyer in advance.