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General legal regulations

Note: Change to benefits for securing living costs

From the 1 June 2022, all Ukrainians seeking shelter will be entitled to comprehensive benefits for securing their living costs as well as benefits for health care and integration and will, in this way, have the same status as recognised asylum seekers. In the future the benefits in accordance with the Social Security Code will be guaranteed by the job centre or social welfare office. A requirement is that persons from Ukraine seeking shelter are officially identified which involves fingerprints and photos being taken. An application for a residence permit for temporary shelter must also have been submitted which means you will have a temporary residence permit / legal status for temporary protection.

For persons who were granted a residence permit for temporary protection or corresponding temporary residence permit after 24 February 2022 and before 1 June 2022 and who have not been officially identified as above, it is sufficient if your details are stored in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals. In such cases, identification, as above, must occur by 31 August 2022.

To help ease integration it is also possible for individuals to start work immediately. Forms of relief have also been introduced for residence requirements particularly if an individual is starting employment, attending integration courses and with further training measures.

IMPORTANT!

The payment of these benefits can only be made to a German account – Ukrainian refugees should therefore open an account with a German bank or Sparkasse (savings bank) as soon as possible.

With the granting of welfare benefits in accordance with the Social Security Code, you are permitted to choose any health insurance company you wish and you must register with your chosen company yourself.

Applications for basic security benefits can be submitted now at your local town’s or district’s job centre.

Ukrainian war refugees are not entitled to pension payments or recognition of pension status. People with reduced earnings receive benefits upon application in accordance with the Social Security Code XII. Applications should be submitted to the job centre or social welfare office.

Interim arrangements

The newly passed law envisages a type of transitional arrangement:

1. Individuals from Ukraine who arrived here seeking shelter before 1 June 2022 are able to apply for basic security benefits in accordance with the Social Security Code II using the communal temporary residence permit.

This temporary permit must have been issued before 31 May 2022 and should include details given in the federal official preprint. An entry in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals must also have been made.

Official identification should be made by 31 August 2022.

2. Refugees seeking protection who enter Germany after 1 June 2022 must present a temporary residence permit. Individuals who do not (yet) have a temporary permit or fulfil the other requirement for receiving benefits in accordance with the Social Code II, namely proof of having been identified, will continue to receive basic social insurance in accordance with the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act. However, applications for this must be submitted to the local social welfare office.

Further information on the application and advice available on:

Federal Employment Agency – help for Ukrainian refugees: https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/ukraine

Find your local job centre here: https://web.arbeitsagentur.de/sgb2ka/ka-ui/pc/hauptantrag/jobcenter-ermitteln

 

Further information from the local and urban districts

General information

Saxony has a number of independent, non-governmental institutions and counselling centres offering support. There are organisations operating right across Saxony, and there are counselling centres right in your local city. A list of them can be found here:

www.integrationsakteure.sachsen.de

The most important partners for all queries relating to your legal residency and social benefits are the local foreigners' office and housing and social welfare authorities at the district offices/city administrations of the independent municipalities of Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig. These are often all combined into one 'immigration office' or 'foreigners' office'. Housing and social welfare authorities are sometimes also structured as part of a 'social welfare office'.

The Free State of Saxony is divided into 10 administrative districts and 3 independent cities. Each administrative district and independent city has an aliens’ registration authority and an accommodation authority. Enquire whether your local area has a welcome centre and, if so, visit this first.

City of Dresden

Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Theaterstr. 13/15
01067 Dresden

E-mail: auslaenderbehoerde@dresden.de

Website: https://www.dresden.de/de/leben/gesellschaft/migration/hilfe-fuer-die-ukraine.php

Bautzen District Office

Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Macherstraße 55
01917 Kamenz

E-mail: auslaenderamt@lra-bautzen.de

Website: https://www.landkreis-bautzen.de/ukraine-hilfe-28077.php

City of Chemnitz

Citizens' Office / Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Düsseldorfer Platz 1
09111 Chemnitz

E-mail: auslaenderbehoerde@stadt-chemnitz.de

Website: https://chemnitz.de/chemnitz/de/aktuell/aktuelle-themen/ukrainehilfe/index.itl

Erzgebirgskreis District Office

Department of Administrative Affairs | Migration and Registry Division

Visiting address:
Paulus-Jenisius-Straße 43
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

E-mail: auslaenderbehoerde@kreis-erz.de

Website: https://www.erzgebirgskreis.de/landkreis/informationen-zur-ukraine-krise

Görlitz District Office

Department III - Administrative Office | Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Otto-Müller-Straße 7
02826 Görlitz

E-mail: auslaenderrecht@kreis-gr.de

Website: https://ukraine-goerlitz.de/

City of Leipzig

Department of Environmental Affairs, Administrative Matters & Sport | Administrative Office - Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Prager Straße 136
04317 Leipzig

E-mail: ordnungsamt@leipzig.de

Website: https://www.leipzig.de/jugend-familie-und-soziales/auslaender-und-migranten/migration-und-integration/ukraine-hilfe

Leipzig District Office

Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Stauffenbergstraße 4
04552 Borna

E-mail: auslaenderamt@lk-l.de

Website: https://www.landkreisleipzig.de/hilfe_fuer_menschen_aus_der_ukraine.html

Meissen District Office

Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Brauhausstraße 21
01662 Meißen

E-mail: auslaenderamt@kreis-meissen.de

Website: https://www.kreis-meissen.org/

Mittelsachsen District Office

Immigration and Asylum Affairs Department

Visiting address:
Dr.-Wilhelm-Külz-Straße 16
09618 Brand-Erbisdorf

E-mail: auslaenderbehoerde@landkreis-mittelsachsen.de

Website: https://www.landkreis-mittelsachsen.de/das-amt/behoerden/ukraine-hilfe.html

Nordsachsen District Office

Office of Migration and Immigration Law

Visiting address:
Richard-Wagner-Straße 7a
04509 Delitzsch

E-mail: auslaenderamt@lra-nordsachsen.de

Website: https://www.landkreis-nordsachsen.de/behoerdenwegweiser.html?m=tasks-detail&id=6098#module-body-dzra

Sächsische Schweiz–Osterzgebirge District Office

Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Schlosshof 2/4
01796 Pirna

E-mail: auslaenderrecht@landratsamt-pirna.de

Website: https://www.landratsamt-pirna.de/ukraine-hilfe.html

Vogtlandkreis District Office

Administrative Office / Foreigners' Office

Visiting address:
Postplatz 5
08523 Plauen

E-mail: auslaenderbehoerde@vogtlandkreis.de

Website: https://www.vogtlandkreis.de/B%C3%BCrgerservice-und-Verwaltung/Sonderthemen/Ukraine/

Zwickau District Office

District Office

Visiting address:
Werdauer Straße 62
08056 Zwickau

E-mail: auslaender@landkreis-zwickau.de

Website: https://www.landkreis-zwickau.de/hinweise-zum-umgang-mit-ukrainischen-gefluechteten

Official information

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