Germany Immigration Process Berlin Planning to create new office
Berlin Planning to create new office “Landesamt für Einwanderung” for Germany Immigration process
Germany Immigration Process: Berlin, to promote its efforts to attract skilled workers, is planning to create a new official department. The new office will be called Landesamt für Einwanderung.
The new Immigration authority will be as per the German Immigration legal norms. To point out, Berlin tops the league for attractive German cities for migration.
‘Migration Not a threat’
The new office will be named the Landesamt für Einwanderung (State Office for Immigration). The new office will be replacing the current office for foreigners. Berlin’s Bureaucracy’s main emphasis on making such a new office is to change the viewpoint of governments who see migration as a threat.
Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel said on Monday, that the formation of a new office aims at developing foreign citizens’ authority into an Independent Immigration Authority. At present, Foreign Citizens Authority currently deals with everything from driver’s licenses to marriage certificates including the Germany Immigration process. With multiple tasks, it is hard for the office to focus on Germany immigration process issues only.
He further stated that growing sectors such as Care work, Engineering and IT are facing an acute shortage of workers. In addition, he shares that Germans without employment or even immigrants from inside the EU cannot cover this shortage.
New office is a move to make the Immigration process more User-friendly
Though it is not a new proposal, Hamburg and Bremen already have Welcome centres where the aim is to help people settle in Germany. In fact, Berlin also has a Business Immigration Service (BIS) within the Foreigners office.
The BIS’s main work is to separate employment immigration from humanitarian immigration. Thus, helping employers get permanent residency permits.
Though, there is a huge amount of improvement in the services of BIS. But still, the department needs improvement, structurally.
As per the various applicants, BIS has certain limitations, like:
- Understaffed Foreigner’s Office.
- Waiting for months for appointments.
- Queuing outside the office from 5 a.m. in harsh winters.
- Dealing with Hostile security guards.
However, with the introduction of the new office, there will be good improvement in the Immigration process. The New office will work towards being more user-friendly.
But there are still certain points which are unclear regarding the new office. The points include:
- The exact date of opening the new immigration office is unclear.
- Allowance of the budget for extra staff.
In short, the move by Berlin is praiseworthy. However, the focal point should be to facilitate the immigration process rather than just the formation of a new Department or a label change of the department.
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