Tolerated Stay (“Duldung”)

Do I have any chance to stay in Germany?

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According to § 60a Asylum Act, Tolerated Stay Permit ("Duldung") is issued for individuals who are, in principle, obliged to leave the country, but their departure is temporarily not feasible. Departure would not be possible, for instance, due to obstacles to deportation or other reasons which necessitate the continuation of the person’s presence in Germany. Deportation obstacles may include, for instance, a severe illness or the lack of identification papers. Other legitimate reasons for your stay may be, for example, participation in a vocational training programme or providing care for a sick relative in Germany.

In addition to the “Duldung“ according to §60a, there are also special forms of  “Duldung“, such as “Ausbildungsduldung“ or “Beschäftigungsduldung“ to which different requirements and rules apply. You can find out more in our chapters "Ausbildungsduldung" and "Beschäftigungsduldung". You can learn more about "Duldung" according to §60b Residence Act in our chapter "Duldung" for people with "Unclear Identities" ("Duldung Light").

What do I need to now?

What is "Duldung"?

Can I have a tolerated stay permit (“Duldung”)?

What are my rights and obligations during my tolerated stay?

How long is my "Duldung" valid?

Can I be deported despite having a "Duldung"?

Where and how can I apply for a "Duldung"?

Can I get married despite having a “Duldung”?

Can I obtain a residence permit as someone with a “Duldung”?

Where can I find counselling and support?


People who are granted a Duldung because they do not have a passport and do not try to obtain a new passport are issued a so-called “Duldung with unclear identity” ( „Duldung mit ungeklärter Identität“) or “Duldung light” according to §60b of the Residence Act. Those who have such a “Duldung” will face many disadvantages.