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02.09.2021 - FAQ

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Local employees remain the responsibility of their former employer. Local employees who have not yet been notified of intended admission should contact their former employer, provided their employment did not end before 2013.

Afghans active in civil society, the media, culture or academia, for example, who have received approval for admission to Germany from the German Government are currently being actively contacted by the Federal Foreign Office (via an external service provider) and informed that they have been granted approval for admission.

In the case of local employees, it is up to the former or current employer. Local employees who have not yet received notification of intended admission should contact their former employer, provided their employment did not end before 2013.

Afghans active in civil society, the media, culture or academia, for example, who had been identified as being at particular risk and for whom evacuation by the Bundeswehr was envisaged, are currently being actively contacted by the Federal Foreign Office (via an external service provider) and informed about their approval for admission as well as the next steps.

The German Government and the international community support numerous aid organisations active in Afghanistan. These aid organisations are helping people in need in almost all parts of the country. Depending on where they live, we suggest that they contact the local or international organisations in their vicinity.

No, because current efforts to assist individuals with travel to Germany are targeting specific groups: German nationals, local employees working for German authorities from 2013 as well as Afghans who are particularly at risk and have been identified by the German Government and who have been granted approval for admission. In addition, assistance can be provided to the members of these individuals’ immediate families.

Germany currently has no comprehensive humanitarian programme in place for taking in Afghan nationals. For Afghans who do not belong to these groups, Germany’s provisions governing entry and residence remain in force, including the requirement to apply for a visa.

Since the German Embassy in Kabul is currently closed, other German missions abroad can at present provide assistance in such cases. Visas cannot be issued in Afghanistan itself.

If you do manage to leave Afghanistan, please contact the local German Embassy wherever you are, taking your passport and the notification that your visa is ready to be collected. That Embassy will help you get the visa that is waiting for you.

Whether it is worth risking the journey to a neighbouring country, by land or otherwise, is something you must decide for yourself depending on your individual circumstances.

If you are a local employee, your former or current employer remains your point of contact. Members of your immediate family – including minor children – can be admitted. In exceptional cases, adult children can be admitted under the resettlement programme for former local employees, but only if they are single and still live in their parents’ household.

Afghan nationals who wish to apply for a family reunification visa in Germany may contact the missions abroad in Islamabad and New Delhi. They should also contact these Embassies if they want to apply for a visa to work or study in Germany.

Short-stay visas (Schengen visas) can also be applied for at the German missions in Istanbul and Dubai.

These missions’ websites contain detailed information on the relevant procedures.

If you have already applied for a visa at the competent mission abroad, we kindly ask for your patience. In view of the difficult current situation and the sharp increase in applications, these procedures can last several months. The visa section will contact you once a decision on your application has been reached, or if additional clarification is required.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is continuing to implement the Family Assistance Programme (FAS). It is designed to assist individuals with preparing their applications for family reunification. This also applies for Afghan applicants. Afghan applicants who have not yet applied for family reunification in Germany can contact the IOM by email at info.fap.af@iom.int. The IOM can then get you an appointment at a German mission in the region, as and when available.

Until the end of the military airlift, Afghans who were in danger, for example because of their activities in civil society, the media, culture or science, were identified as being at particular risk and put on the list for evacuation by the Bundeswehr. The process has been concluded. Following a proposal by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has issued approvals for admission for approximately 2600 individuals in particular need of protection as well as members of their immediate family. These individuals are now being actively contacted by the Federal Foreign Office (via an external service provider) and informed about their approval for admission as well as the next steps.

The German Government is not at present planning any further comprehensive admission programmes.

Afghan nationals who already have a valid residence permit can enter Germany on this document. If the residence permit has expired, Afghan nationals can contact our missions abroad in Islamabad or New Delhi to apply for a re-entry visa.

For local employees of the EU, NATO and other international organisations, their points of contact will remain the respective organisation or third country by which they were employed.

During the military evacuation operation, various partners cooperated closely with a view to evacuating as many local employees and their close family members as possible. We will now continue these efforts, in line with existing arrangements and to the greatest extent possible, in order to assist with the safe departure of local employees who are still in Afghanistan. As it does for its own local employees, Germany will assume its share of responsibility for local employees of the EU, NATO and international organisations.

Project workers should contact their former employers for information on whether they might be covered by the resettlement programme for former local employees.

The German Government has already identified further Afghans who are particularly at risk. That process has been concluded. These people will be contacted individually as soon as admission to Germany has been approved. The German Government is not at present planning any further comprehensive admission programmes.

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