In addition to REAG/GARP, you can receive further financial assistance through StarthilfePlus. It depends on your nationality and your residence status whether or not you can get StarthilfePlus.
Types of assistance Your return counsellor can request StarthilfePlus together with the REAG/GARP assistance. On the basis of REAG/GARP, StarthilfePlus can offer the following financial assistance:Stage 1: You receive 1,200 EUR (600 EUR for children under the age of 12) if you apply for an assisted voluntary return before the asylum procedure is completed.Stage 2: You receive 800 EUR (400 EUR for children under the age of 12) if your asylum application has been rejected and you decide for a voluntary return within the period set for your departure.Stage S: You receive 800 EUR (400 EUR for children under the age of 12) if you are in need of protection according to German law and if you return to your country of origin with StarthilfePlus. Stage S applies to all REAG eligible persons who receive REAG/GARP and is not dependent on one´s nationality.Note: The classification for StarthilfePlus is made by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. IOM has no influence over your classification, your asylum procedure, or your residence status.Stage D – Only for people from Albania and Serbia (starting from 01.01.2018): If you have had temporary permission to stay in Germany (“Langzeitduldung”) for two years or more, and if you return to your country of origin with StarthilfePlus, you will receive a one-time financial support of 500 EUR, as well as the following in-kind reintegration assistance, based on your needs:
- Medical costs up to a maximum of 3,000 EUR for families and up to 1,500 EUR for single persons