This guide provides information about the IOM Family Assistance Programme for family reunification for people with international protection status in Germany. It also provides information about the federal state admissions programs for Syrians and Iraqis.
IOM Family Assistance Programme (FAP)
The IOM Family Assistance Programme (FAP) helps people of all nationalities join their family members who have international protection status in Germany.
You may be able to join your family member if:
- Your husband or wife is in Germany.
- Your minor child is in Germany and no other parent with legal custody is living in Germany.
- You are a minor child outside Germany and you have a parent in Germany.
Other people (such as brothers and sisters, adult children, or parents of adult children) may also qualify to join their family members in Germany. However, family reunification in these cases is only granted under very strict conditions where there is extreme hardship.
More detailed information on the requirements for family reunification is here in German. Information on requirements for family reunification is here in English.
If you are interested in reunifying with your family member, you can contact one of the 10 IOM FAP offices. The contact information is below. IOM FAP also has a Facebook page in English and Arabic that can answer your questions.
Germany (Berlin) (if you are in Germany or in a country not listed below)
Telephone: +49 151 17660442
Telephone: +90 212 4010250
Telephone: +962 791024777 / +962 791024888
Lebanon (Beirut) (if you are in Lebanon or Syria):
Telephone: +961 4929 111
Telephone: +964 66 211 1500
Telephone: +254 709 575000
Ethiopia (Addis Ababa):
Telephone: +251 11 518 1310
German Federal State Admissions Programs
Some German states have their own admissions programs for refugees. Some Syrians and Iraqis may be eligible to reunite with relatives living in certain parts of Germany. Iraqis may be eligible if their relative lives in Berlin. Syrians may be eligible if their relative lives in Berlin, Hamburg, Thüringen, or Schleswig-Holstein. There are also other requirements, which are described in the links below.
All of these websites are in German.
- Information about the program in Berlin is here.
- Information about the program in Hamburg is here.
- More information about the program in Hamburg is here.
- Information about the program in Thüringen is here.
- More information about the program in Thüringen is here.
- Information about the program in Schleswig-Holstein is here.
- Information about the program in Brandenburg is here.
We recommend applying as soon as possible for these programs if you think you might be eligible. The websites linked above include instructions for how to apply.
You or your relative may want to ask an immigration attorney for help with this process. Here are a few resources:
- Information about asking for help from IRAP is here.
- If you are in Jordan, you can ask for IRAP Jordan’s help using this form. If the form is closed, you can check back at a later date.
- A list of free immigration legal service providers in the United States is available here.
- A list of private immigration attorneys in the United States is available here.