People in need of and entitled to special protection
LGBTIQ* refugees receive asylum in Germany. In the asylum procedure, both the LGBTIQ*-hostile legal situation in the country of origin, the social atmosphere and the personal concern are decisive. You must therefore credibly represent that you have been criminally persecuted in your country of origin. Or that you were exposed to massive discrimination through homophobia, transphobia and interphobia - for example in educational or health institutions, in professional life or other existential areas of society.
At the personal hearing, which is part of the asylum procedure, you have the duty and the chance to present your situation in detail. In an interview with standard questions, the reasons for flight, the flight route and the personal situation are recorded. Your answers are binding and will be checked in more detail by follow-up questions. However, you may not be asked detailed questions about sexual acts and no photographic or video material may be requested. You should prepare well for the interview and seek support beforehand.
The following link refers to . To get an overview of the legal situation in Germany regarding gender identity and being transgender as well as counseling options, see also ““. This brochure is aimed at trans* refugees and new immigrants.
The BAMF (Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees) has specially trained hearing agents or decision-makers for certain topics - so-called special agents. The special agents responsible for conducting the proceedings of LGBTIQ* refugees are generally specialized in gender-specific persecution. The persecution of women and the persecution of LGBTIQ* persons are based on the same heteronormative or (hetero-)sexist ideas. If a person already identifies as LGBTIQ* in the run-up to the interview, it makes a lot of sense to inform the BAMF about this in consultation with the person and request that the interview be conducted by a special representative for gender-specific persecution. Likewise, it should be requested that the language mediator is sensitized to the topic, even if both cannot be guaranteed.
In connection with the war situation in Ukraine, the procedure was changed in such a way that applicants with and without an acceptance of admission can take further steps to obtain their residence status after entering Germany.
I had to leave Ukraine in a hurry and could not bring any civil status documents (or no originals of the civil status documents) proving my Jewish ancestry (in accordance with the procedure). Can I still be recognized as a Jewish immigrant?
No, originals of civil status certificates proving your Jewish ancestry are mandatory. Only state civil status certificates issued before 1990 can be considered. A certificate of membership of a relative in a Jewish community in Germany cannot replace these. Without state civil status certificates issued before 1990, an application in the Jewish immigration procedure is futile. You can apply for temporary protection according to § 24 AufenthG (Residence Act).
After the outbreak of the war on 24.02.2022 I fled from Ukraine to a neighboring country (e.g. Moldavia) and continued my journey from there (e.g. to France, Israel, USA) with a temporary visa (up to 6 months or "immigration visa" in Israel). If I now enter Germany, can I participate in the simplified domestic procedure for Jewish immigrants?
Yes, if you enter and stay in Germany, it is possible to apply.
For late repatriates from Ukraine, the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) has set up a special hotline which can be reached from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Friday until 3 p.m., and at weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 0049 22899358-20255. For more information, please visit the BVA website: