There are many special regulations for people with a tolerated stay permit- and their rights are limited. When you have a "Duldung", you:
- may only work if the Immigration Office issues you a work permit. You can learn more in our chapter “Work Permit”.
- can take part in vocational training programmes and study. Keep in mind that you need to obtain a work permit to start dual vocational training.
- are not entitled to participation in an integration course. However, you can search for a free spot in an integration course and submit the corresponding application to the BAMF. Learn more in our chapter “Intergration Course”.
- receive asylum seeker benefits and not benefits from the Jobcentre.
- are not, in principle, entitled to any parental benefits ("Elterngeld") or child support ("Kindergeld").
- are not allowed to move to another city or federal state as long as you receive state benefits.
- are not permitted, in principle, to travel abroad. Traveling out of Germany may lead to the revocation or termination of your "Duldung".
- must provide the immigration authorities with information about your identity and citizenship and present the relevant documents.
- The immigration authorities may evaluate data from your smartphone or your computer if this is necessary to establish your identity.
People with Duldung are obliged to cooperate to ensure that their identity is clarified and their deportation is possible. This obligationto cooperate is known as "Mitwirkungspflicht". That is why, for example, the authorities may require you to apply for a passport from your home country’s embassy. If you do not try to get a passport, the immigration authorities may issue you a “Duldung” according to §60b Asylum Act. This is a form of “Duldung” that can have many negative effects on your situation. You can find out more in our chapter "Tolerance for people with unclear identities". If you do not cooperate, in addition, your asylum seeker benefits also can be decreased- it may even be considered a crime.
Please note: Seek advice from a counselling centre or a law firm if the immigration authorities demand your cooperation. You are not obliged to take every action in every case. The law firm or an counselling centre can tell you what you actually need to do and what the consequences are. You can search for a lawyer or counselling centre, namely, at www.rechtsberaterkonferenz.de or ProAsyl.