Asylum procedure

Where do I go if I have questions about my asylum procedure?

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Application for Asylum

Upon arrival and registration in Germany, apply for asylum at federal office for migration and refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge – BAMF). BAMF is also your point of contact for your personal hearing.

Information About Hearings

Before your hearing please read the information on the website You will find important information about and help with the interview in several languages here:

Here are the first choices:

Guide to Asylum Procedure

Bavarian Refugee Board – Bayerischer Flüchtlingsrat

There are explanatory videos on the website of the Bayerischer Flüchtlingsrat which will guide you through the asylum procedure. They are no substitute for consultation but still inform refugees about the most important issues in the asylum procedure.

There will gradually appear translations into 12 languages. So far there are videos in Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian, and German.

Opportunity Stay - Chancenaufenthalt

Since January 1, 2023, there is a law introducing a right of opportunity to stay (Section 104c Residence Act/ §104c AufenthG).

This right of Opprtunity Stay gives people who are already well integrated in Germany a new opportunity for long-term residence. Refugees can thus obtain a permanent right to stay (dauerhaftes Bleiberecht) as soon as certain conditions are met.

The Bavarian Refugee Council has published an Information sheet on this subject:

The information Sheet is not a substitute for legal advice from lawyers, attorneys or counseling centers. Especially in special cases and in case of problems (border crossing certificate instead of toleration, accusation of identity deception, etc.), counseling should always be sought.

The Requirements for the Opportunity Stay are the following:

  • You must be in possession of a toleration.
  • You must have lived in Germany continuously for at least five years with a permit, a residence permit or a toleration before the cut-off date of Oct. 31, 2022, i.e. it affects all persons with an entry before Oct. 31, 2017.
  • You cannot have been sentenced to more than 50 (general criminal cases) or 90 (criminal cases concerning foreigners, e.g. passportlessness, illegal residence) daily sentences for any criminal offense. Punishments under juvenile criminal law are mostly unproblematic.
  • You must not have given false information, for example, about your identity.

An overview has also been published by the network “Companies integrate refugees” (Unternehmen integrieren Flüchtlinge):


The opportunity stay is granted for only 18 months and is not renewable. According to this, the requirements of § 25a or § 25b Recidency Act/AufenthG (integration residence) must be met in order to continue to have a residence.

You have to apply for the opportunity stay (Chancenaufenthalt) yourself. Some foreign authorities have their own requirements for the application. For all foreigners authorities without specifications, the application can be made informally.

In unproblematic cases, the sample application of the Bavarian Refugee Council can be used to apply for the opportunity stay: