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For those from the states of the former Soviet Union, special admission requirements apply in Germany. Applications for Jewish immigration can only be submitted to the German diplomatic missions in the countries of origin.

Here you will find the most important general information.

Admission requirements for Jewish immigrants

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Your family members, i.e. spouses and underage, unmarried children who live with you in the same household, can also be accepted. The marriage must have existed for at least three years when the application is submitted. Spouses and minor children must also have a basic knowledge of the German language (level A 1 GER). Proof of basic knowledge can be dispensed with for children who have not yet reached the age of 14.

After entering Germany you will receive a. Your family members will receive a. You can work in Germany with both residence permits.

The admission of Jewish immigrants to the Federal Republic of Germany is subject to certain requirements. The Federal Office can only grant your application

  • if you are a citizen or a citizen of a successor state of the former Soviet Union (with the exception of the Baltic states) or have been resident there as a stateless person at least since January 1, 2005 (due to the accession of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to the European Union on January 1, 2005). Since May 2004, Jewish nationals from these countries have no longer been able to be admitted to this procedure),
  • if you are of Jewish nationality or have at least one Jewish parent or a Jewish grandparent and do not profess any religion other than Jewish,
  • if you can provide evidence of German language skills that correspond to at least level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(GER),
  • if you can permanently provide for your own living in the Federal Republic of Germany (the Federal Office for Migration prepares an integration prognosis for this), and
  • if proof of the possibility of admission in a Jewish community in the federal territory is provided.

Note: New regulation

Requirements for a facilitated

  • No integration prognosis for Jewish parents / parents and Jewish spouses, of Jewish immigrants already living in Germany, from the age limit of 60 years
  • No integration prognosis for severely disabled, adult children who are dependent on constant help and who want to travel to Germany with their families

There is the possibility of a one-off renewed application for rejections that were issued before April 22, 2020 due to an insufficient integration prognosis for elderly Jewish parents / parents and Jewish spouses as well as severely disabled adult children.

Grounds for exclusion

The admission procedure for Jewish immigrants provides for reasons for which admission to the Federal Republic of Germany is generally excluded:

  • You are not allowed to go to another country in the past, such as B. to Israel or the USA, or are already permanently in Germany.
  • Admission is also excluded for persons who performed a function in the former Soviet Union that was considered important for the communist system of rule, or who were punished for offenses that are to be regarded as deliberate crimes in Germany - with the exception of the penalties were imposed by Soviet courts for political reasons.

Victim of Nazi persecution

The admission procedure for from the former Soviet Union was created in the awareness of the historical responsibility of the Federal Republic of Germany. For this reason, there are special regulations for victims of National Socialist persecution:

All persons born before January 1st, 1945 in their area of ​​origin are presumed to be victims of National Socialist persecution. The following simplifications apply to these people: The integration prognosis and proof of German language skills are dispensed with.

You can also find detailed information on the admission requirements and the admission procedure in our information sheet.

Legal basis

  • Section 23 (2) of the Residence Act; Granting of residence by the highest state authorities; Admission with particularly political interests; Resettlement of those seeking protection
  • Order of the Federal Ministry of the Interior in accordance with Section 23 (2) of the Residence Act on the Admission of Jewish Immigrants from the former Soviet Union with the exception of the Baltic States of May 24, 2007 in the version of April 22, 2020.