Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

In Germany, an application for asylum can only be filed at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). BAMF is not a court but an authority. It verifies whether you have been persecuted in your home country and whether you will be threatened by persecution in case of return. If you have experienced persecution, it is essential whether you have obtained state protection in your home country.
It is also verified, if you can obtain protection in another part of your country of origin.

Verification is only possible on the basis of your personal asylum application. File the asylum application as soon as possible at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The Federal Office will inform you about where and when to file the asylum application.
The Federal Office sets up a file on you and records your personal details. If you have turned 14, you will be photographed and fingerprinted.

During the application, you will be informed about your rights and duties regarding the asylum procedure. This information will be handed to you in writing in your national language. BAMF will invite an interpreter/translator to your personal appointment with the decision maker. You are entitled to be heard in your mother tongue. You are allowed to bring along your lawyer to the appointment. You can also bring along a trusted person in case you have announced it.