Every person who flees to Germany must contact and inform the German authorities, i.e. border patrol authorities, the police, the Immigration Office, an arrival centre ("Ankunftzentrum") or an initial reception centre ("Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung"). You can read more about registration in our chapter "Registering as an asylum seeker".
How can I apply for asylum?
Asylum procedure is the process which determines whether a person should be granted asylum in Germany or not. The asylum procedure is regulated in the German Asylum Act. The process consists of several steps: asylum application, Dublin examination ("Dublin-Prüfung"), hearing and decision making. Officially, therefore, the asylum procedure begins when the individual applies for asylum. But before you can formally apply for asylum ("Asylantrag"), you must first register as an asylum seeker ("Asylgesuch").
Please Note: Due to the pandemic, there may be minor changes to the asylum application process at the moment. You can find out more in our chapter "Coronavirus - Information for Refugees".
How does the German asylum procedure work?
Registering as an asylum seeker
What questions are asked during the hearing?
You must definitely notify the Immigration Office and the BAMF when you move to a new apartment or are transferred to another accommodation centre during your asylum procedure. If you forget to inform them about your new address, you may miss essential letters and, and consequently, important appointments and information regarding your asylum case.