Registration as an asylum seeker

How do I register as an asylum seeker in Germany?

Refugee gives fingerprint

Every refugee who comes to Germany has to go to the relevant German authorities and register- this is called "Asylgesuch". "Asylgesuch" is an initial -but necessary- registration to notify the German state that you want to apply for asylum in Germany. Then, you should go to BAMF and officially apply for asylum. It is after submitting this application that your asylum procedure will start.

Registering as an Asylum Seeker

Where and how can I register as an asylum seeker?

How does the registration process work?

Why are my fingerprints recorded?

What happens after registration?

Where can I obtain food, clothes and money?

When can I apply for asylum?


If you have moved to an apartment or have been transferred to another accommodation centre, you must notify the Foreigners' Registration Office ("Ausländerbehörde") and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) about your new address. Otherwise, you will not receive your letters and may miss crucial dates or deadlines.