Asylum: If a positive decision is made regarding your application for asylum, you receive an elektronischen Aufenthaltstitel (eAT) (electronic residence permit). This entitles you to an integration course and you can start working.
Refugee status is a requirement to apply for family reunification. Within 3 months of receiving refugee status, provide a timely reminder to your embassy in order to facilitate your family’s move. You can submit your application online at: https://fap.diplo.de/webportal/desktop/index.html#start or https://familyreunion-syria.diplo.de/webportal/desktop/index.html#start. For more information on when family members are able to come to Germany, get advice from a counselling centre.
Note: family reunification is suspended for one-year residence permits (subsidiary protection) until end of July 2018. For this reason, you should apply for appointments at the respective embassies as soon as possible. In addition, you should go to a consultation as soon as possible after receiving status, so you do not miss any deadlines.
No asylum: If your asylum application is denied, you can contest the refusal. Depending on the type of rejection, the time limit to contest is only 1 or 2 weeks. For inadmissible or clearly unfounded claims, the limit is 1 week. For this reason, check your mail regularly. In the event of a refusal, you should contact a counselling centre as soon as possible. Otherwise you are promptly obliged to leave the country. If you do not comply with this obligation to leave, you may face deportation (i.e. forcible return to your home country) and an entry ban.
The countries of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ghana, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Senegal and Serbia are considered safe countries of origin under German asylum law. For this reason, the chances of success for an asylum application are poor. However, the BAMF is obligated to carefully review each asylum application.
Still undecided: if you do not receive an immediate decision on your asylum application, you get a Aufenthaltsgestattung for 6 months. Again, please ensure that your name and date of birth are correct. If your Aufenthaltsgestattung ends after three months, you need to apply for an extension at the Ausländerbehörde, Hammer Straße 30-34.
Voluntary departure: If you would like to return to your home country or must go back due to a refusal, the Flüchtlingszentrum, Adenauerallee 10 can provide consultation and support for the return trip.