Domicile requirement

Persons entitled to asylum, recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and persons who have initially received a residence permit on account of a ban on deportation are subject to a domicile requirement. Domicile requirement means that you must live in the German state in which the asylum proceedings took place even when the asylum proceedings come to an end.

The immigration authority can allocate you to a specific place of residence within the German state. This is only possible if there are better possibilities for integration at this place – for example, a better supply of housing, better possibilities for learning the language and taking up work.

The immigration authority can also forbid you from relocating to a certain place if the prospects of integration are deemed to be lower there (for example, if it is assumed that you will not be able to learn German as well because there are a large number of people from the same country of origin living in one place).

The domicile requirement can be repealed by the immigration authority if you have registered employment for at least 15 working hours a week and your monthly income is not below a certain amount. Furthermore, the domicile requirement does not apply if you have started vocational training or have taken up studies.