Departure, onward migration, and re-entry

Departure

Can the date of departure be freely selected by the applicant?

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IOM does its best to organise a flight as per the date requested by the applicant on the application. However, the actual date of departure depends on existing flight connections, available airplane seats, and the date on the ensuing travel documents.

Is the departure date issued by IOM binding in case a returnee is travelling by land?

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As departure by land is organised by the counselling centre or the authority forwarding the application, the departure date on the confirmation document is not binding. However, the actual departure has to be carried out within a period of three months.

For which countries is departure by bus possible?

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Departure by bus is possible when travelling to the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine. Bus departures to Kosovo are not possible.

Is it possible to order/purchase a bus ticket before submitting the application and receiving a confirmation from IOM?

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No, tickets may only be purchased after receiving a confirmation from IOM.

Onward migration

Is it possible to use voluntary return assistance to migrate to another EU Member State?

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No, this is not possible. However, victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution who are citizens of an EU Member State can be supported by the programme.

What are the additional documents that are required for migration to a third receptive country?

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In case of onward migration to a third receptive country, an immigration visa or residence permit is to be presented. The permit should entitle the holder to residence for at least 1 year in the third receptive country. It is advisable to contact the embassy of the respective country to obtain further information on residency options. IOM can only prepare an onward migration after a visa or residence document is presented. IOM does not provide support for the visa application.

Re-entry

Does REAG/GARP assistance have to be paid back in case of re-entry into the Federal Republic of Germany?

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Usually, yes. This depends on the reasons for re-entry (for example, start of employment, family reunification, subsequent asylum application, study purposes). Even if the assistance is repaid in full by the migrant, repeat funding through the REAG/GARP programme will not be possible.