StarthilfePlus

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
Note: Persons who move on to a receiving third country cannot receive Stage D support.Closed: Stage Ü (until 31.12.2017) has ended.
Family assistance: When more than four family members return together voluntarily with StarthilfePlus, they can receive an additional 500 EUR.
StarthilfePlus is paid out in two stages (except for Stage S). The first half will be paid out to you with the REAG/GARP payment at your departure. You will receive the second half within six to eight months through IOM staff members after your arrival to your country of origin. Children below the age of 12 will get half of the amount.

Supported groups of people
Citizen of the following countries can receive StarthilfePlus as well as reintegration assistance:
Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Armenia*, Azerbaijan*, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Gambia, Georgia*, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, India, Iraq, Iran, Cameroon, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali , Morocco, Mongolia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Autonomous Territories, Russian Federation*, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkey*, Tunisia, Ukraine*, and Vietnam.*Note: Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation, Turkey, and Ukraine must have been registered in their asylum procedures before 01.12.2017 as well as before the respective visa liberalisations (Georgia: 27.03.2017 / Ukraine: 10.06.2017).Requirements
You need to sign a document provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees („Verzichtserklärung“), in which you declare that you agree to withdraw your protection status as well as your asylum procedure and to waive legal means.

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