Law and justice are constitutionally vested in Germany and are of significant value. The diversified legal system covers all areas of life which offers you extensive protection.
In case you have specific legal questions, we recommend you contact a lawyer or contact the legal advisory service or help organisations who will support you.
It is important to know that many letters from the authorities contain advice on legal remedies („Rechtsbehelfsbelehrung“). This means that you have the right to appeal to the letters content. Often, the deadline to appeal is very short, therefore it is very important to open your mail daily and if necessary seek help from a person of your trust to help you.
You can find Information, advice and explanations regarding the procedure for granting the right of asylum (Asylverfahren) and refugee protection on the website of the Department for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
Frequently asked questions
According to § 16 a I GG politically persecuted persons are granted constitutional individual protection. Refugees are treated equal to those entitled to be granted Asylum according to the EU Asylum recognition guideline.
There is a range of factors under which Germany offers refugees protection. However, decisions are made based on each each individual case and are determined by your personal situation.
To find out about the steps of the procedure for granting the right of asylum in Germany, please follow the BAMF link.
If you are seeking professional legal advice we suggest to contact a lawyer who is specialised in the area of your case. You can find all addresses of lawyers working in migration and asylum law in this directory.
In addition to the lawyers whose services are liable to pay costs, you can contact further counselling services which you can find in the section advisory services.
The German social insurance system is compulsory and offers effective financial protection against life risks and their implications such as illness, unemployment, age and need of care. It guarantees a stable living standard for each individual and offers pension support once a person has ended their professional life.
Social insurance is compulsory. Half of the contribution is payed by the employer the other half by the employee, whose part will be deducted from the wage automatically.
Generally, all employees are insured through the statutory pension scheme which offers you financial protection in old age.
Currently, the pension scheme comes into effect at the age of 67.
The statutory pension scheme also protects you if you are unable or restricted to work due to illness or disability or if you are a widow or orphan.
Statutory health insurance covers all areas of your personal health care. In Germany you have to have health insurance, it is mandatory.
Health insurance covers most costs such as medical treatment, illness prevention and rehabilitation.
If you are unable to work for a period longer that 6 weeks due to illness, the health insurance will pay you sick pay.
Statutory long-term care insurance will help you in old age or if you are unable to work due to severe illness, can’t take care of yourself anymore and depend on care. In addition, the care insurance will help you if you are caring for a relative and therefore need financial support.
If you want to claim benefits from care insurance, you have to hand in a request.
Once you are insured through the statutory health insurace, you are automatically a member of the statutory long-term care insurance.
Statutory accident insurance offers support in case of medical or financial problems that have directly resulted from work accidents or work-related disease. Work accidents include accidents that happend on the way to work or school as well as on the way home.
In addition to the statutory insurances, there are private insurances. Private insurances are voluntary. You can therefore decide for yourself whether you want to be insured. In most cases, you then pay a monthly premium for the insurance. For example, there is liability insurance. If you break someone else’s property, your liability insurance can pay for the damage. Another example of private insurance is homeowners insurance. With homeowner’s insurance, you insure your property. The insurance can then pay if your property is damaged by fire or stolen, for example. You can take out private insurance with various insurance companies.
Find out exactly in which cases you are insured and in which cases you are not insured.