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Which ministry has overall responsibility? Federal Ministry of the Interior
The Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for internal security, immigration and integration policies.
Are there other ministries involved? Federal Foreign Office
The Federal Foreign Office is responsible for foreign relations.
Diplomatic missions abroad
Missions abroad are responsible for issuing visas to non-EU citizens.
Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration (in German)
The Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration supports the Federal Government in developing its policy of integration and promoting the co-existence of foreign residents and Germans.
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
The Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs is responsible for the legal basis of the employment of non-EU citizens and promotes profession-specific integration in the labour market.
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for the promotion of education, research and sciences.
Are there decentralised bodies involved?

Baden-Württemberg: Innenministerium Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of the Interior of Baden-Würrtemberg)

Bayern: Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern (Ministry of State of the Interior of Bavaria)

Berlin: Senatsverwaltung für Inneres (Senate Department for Interior Affairs of Berlin)

Brandenburg: Ministerium des Innern des Landes Brandenburg (Ministry of the Interior of Brandenburg)

Bremen: Freie Hansestadt Bremen Senator für Inneres, Kultur und Sport (Senator for Interior Affairs, Cultural Affairs and Sport of Free Hanseatic City of Bremen)

Hamburg: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Behörde für Inneres (Authority for Interior Affairs of Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)

Hessen: Hessisches Ministerium des Innern und für Sport (Ministry for Internal Affairs and Sport of Hesse)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Innenministerium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Ministry of the Interior of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)

Niedersachsen: Niedersächsisches Innenministerium (Ministry of the Interior of Lower Saxony)

Nordrhein-Westfalen: Innenministerium des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Ministry of the Interior of North Rhine-Westfalia)

Rheinland-Pfalz: Ministerium des Innern und für Sport Rheinland-Pfalz (Ministry for Internal Affairs and Sport of Rhineland-Palatinate)

Saarland: Ministerium für Inneres und Sport des Saarlandes (Ministry for Internal Affairs and Sport of Saarland)

Sachsen: Sächsisches Staatsministerium des Innern (Ministry of State of the Interior of Saxony)

Sachsen-Anhalt: Ministerium für Inneres und Sport (Ministry of the Interior and sports)

Schleswig-Holstein: Ministerium für Inneres und Bundesangelegenheiten (Ministry of the Interior of Schleswig-Holstein)

Thürigen: Thüringer Innenministerium (Ministry of the Interior of Thuringia)

Local Foreigners authorities

Foreigners authorities are the sole authorities responsible for granting residence permits to non-EU citizens.

What are the implementing agencies? Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, under the auspices and executive responsibility of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, is responsible for asylum, integration (on a federal level), and support for voluntary return, Jewish immigration, etc.

It conducts research on migration issues.

Public Employment Service (in German, English and French)

Are there general immigration policy papers? N/A
Are there impact assessments, studies and reports available? Statistics and Research Reports, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
What is the key legislation?

Residence Act, 30.07.2004 as amended 30.07.2009

Ordinance to the Residence Act, 25.11.2004, as amended 02.08.2010

Act on the Central Register of Foreigners, 02.09.1994 as amended 30.07.2009

Ordinance on official procedures enabling resident foreigners to take up employment, 22.11.2004 as amended 21.12.2008

Ordinance on the admission of foreigners for the purpose of taking up employment, 22.11.2004 as amended 18.12.2009

What are the national scientific research and statistical offices on immigration?

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Statistisches Bundesamt (Federal Statistical Office)

Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies)

Europäisches forum für migrationsstudien (european forum for migration studies)

Institute for Regional and Migration Research

Deutsches Zentrum für Migrations- und Integrationsforschung DeZIM