So that you can enjoy life as a migrant in Germany, you will want to find work, stay in contact with people who live here, support children in school and take an active part in German social and cultural life. To do all this, you will need to learn German. This is why migrants have the opportunity or obligation to take part in a one-off integration course under German residency law (Aufenthaltsgesetz).
- People who are eligible to attend an integration course may register for a German course at the Koordinierungsstelle Sprachkurse.
- People who are obliged to take part in an integration course through the department of migration and refugees, the Jobcenter or the department of youth and social walfare must register to take part in a course as quickly as possible with the Koordinierungsstelle Sprachkurse, and they must complete it.
- Non-participation in an obligatory integration course may have negative consequences:
- The duration of your residency may be shortened.
- Social benefits (e.g. unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) or income support benefits (Sozialhilfe)) may be terminated.
- You may have to pay a fine.