Instruction Sheet for Integration Course

for immigrants who already have long-term residency in Germany time, citizens of the European Union as well as German citizens who do not have an adequate command of German.

Dear Co-citizen,

If you already have long-term residency as an immigrant in Germany, or if you are a citizen of the European Union, or if as a German you do not have an adequate command of the German language, you can submit an application to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees for authorisation to attend an integration course.

Children, adolescents and young adults who are still attending school cannot take part in the integration course.

What is an integration course?

The general integration course consists of a language course with 600 hours and an orientation course organised over 60 hours. The language course consists of modules of 100 hours each. The first 300 hours are called the basic language course, while the subsequent 300 hours represent the follow-on language course.

In the language course you learn the vocabulary you need to speak and write in everyday situations. This includes contact with authorities, conversations with neighbours and colleagues, writing letters and completing forms.

The orientation course informs you about life in Germany and provides knowledge about the legal system, the culture and the recent history of Germany.

The course provider carries out an assessment before the beginning of the course to decide which is the right course for you and which module you should tackle first.

Taking the final examination

The final examination consists of a language examination and the test relating to the orientation course. If you can prove in the language examination that you have a sufficient command of German, and if you pass the test relating to the orientation course, you have successfully completed the integration course and are awarded the "Integration Course Certificate".

If you were not successful, you will only be given a certificate confirming the results you achieved.

Participation in the final examination is free of charge.

Advantages of attending the integration course

Immigrants from a country that does not belong to the European Union must meet certain requirements if they wish to obtain an unlimited right of residence in Germany. Among other things, they must have an adequate command of the German language as well as basic knowledge of the legal and social system and of living conditions in Germany. These requirements have been met when such persons have successfully completed the integration course. Moreover, this also allows them to acquire German citizenship earlier if desired.

The knowledge of the German language acquired in the integration courses also makes everyday life easier in Germany and improves immigrants chances on the labour market.  

Proper course attendance

To ensure that you achieve the objective of the integration course, you should attend the course in a proper manner. This means that you should attend lessons regularly and take the final examination. Proper course attendance is also important for you if you receive a travel allowance or if you wish to repeat the follow-on language course later. Your course provider will give you written confirmation that you have attended the course in a proper manner, if you so wish.

Costs for the integration course

You must pay the course provider a contribution of one euro for every lesson of the integration course. This amount is to be paid at the beginning of each module of 100 hours and before the orientation course. If you do not attend classes, the contribution to costs for the lessons you have missed cannot be refunded. If you have no income of your own, the person who is obliged to pay for your maintenance must pay your contribution to the costs.

You can be exempted from contributing to costs if you receive unemployment benefit II or social assistance, or if you find it difficult to pay the contribution because of your low income. You must apply in writing to the regional office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees responsible for you (see list of addresses). Please enclose verification of the reasons for exemption (copy of the relevant certificate). Please submit the application with your registration to the course provider. If you are exempted from contributing to costs, you must notify the Federal Office immediately if youno longer receive unemployment benefit II or social assistance, or if your financial circumstances change.

Reimbursement of the contribution to costs

If you have successfully taken the final examination after 08.12.2007, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will reimburse you for 50 % of the contribution to costs already paid. However, this only applies if no more than two years have passed between the confirmation of eligibility to attend the course being issued and the final test. To obtain this reimbursement you must submit an application to the regional office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees responsible for you.

Travel allowance

If you have been exempted from contributing to costs by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the necessary travel costs will be reimbursed to you. To do this, you must submit an application to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, stating the reasons for the travel costs. Travel costs may only be reimbursed if you attend the course properly.

Repeating the follow-on language course  

If you wish to repeat the follow-on language course, you must submit an application to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Other things you need to know

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