The Council of Jews in Germany announced in a press release on Monday, March 14, that starting next week, Ukrainian Jews fleeing the war will be able to apply for “Jewish immigration” to Germany using the simplified procedure.
Whereas the normal procedure requires the applicant to submit the application at the German embassy in their country of origin, in this case in Kyiv, prior to departure, the German authorities decided to allow Ukrainians of Jewish descent to apply from Germany.
“Due to the war, it is currently not possible to submit a regular application to the German Embassy in Kyiv as part of Jewish immigration to Germany. For this reason, the Central Council of Jews agreed with the Federal Government that Jews from Ukraine can apply for “Jewish immigration” in Germany using the procedure Simplified,” the press release explains.
Furthermore, the council notes that “Jewish immigration” allows Ukrainian Jews to apply for asylum in Germany under a simplified procedure, including not having to present the German A1 certificate or proof of integration into German society.
However, the Board emphasizes that there are still some requirements that must be met. Jews fleeing the war in Ukraine will have to submit an application that includes original documents proving their Jewish origin.
Applications will be processed by the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, and those whose applications are approved will receive a residence permit, which is a permanent residence document. This document will enable those who receive it to work and live anywhere in Germany.
According to the press release, the facilitating measures will apply only to Jews from Ukraine and not to those from other countries, including here Russia and Belarus.
For Jews from Russia and Belarus, the previous normal procedure will not change. Applications for Jewish immigration can only be submitted to the German diplomatic mission in Moscow or Minsk.
There are no accurate data on the number of Jews who lived in Ukraine before the invasion. However, the number of Jews in Ukraine is estimated to be more than 360,000, of whom 110,000 are in Kyiv, about 60,000 in Dnipro, 45,000 in Kharkiv, 54,000 in Odessa, etc.
>> More than 300,000 Jews in Ukraine could be eligible for German citizenship by descent in the midst of war
According to German citizenship laws, Jews from Ukraine, who can prove that their descendants were stripped of German citizenship due to Nazi laws, are eligible for German citizenship.
Germany-Visa.org says: “If you have German ancestors, you may also be a German citizen by descent.”
At the same time, children of German citizens and former Germans born before January 1, 1975 or July 1, 1993, who were denied German citizenship, are also entitled to become German citizens again, provided that they fulfill the conditions.
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