The BAMF informs: Establishment of "Focus Weeks" within the framework of REAG/GARP 2.0 application processing from Monday, 08.07.2024

03 July 2024

As you know, there are currently delays in processing applications due to the continued high volume of applications within the framework of REAG/GARP 2.0. The procedures are continuously reviewed and optimized through the implementation of various measures and adapted to the current situation.

During the so-called focus weeks, REAG/GARP 2.0 applications from certain regions are processed on a weekly basis. At the same time, the priority cases (according to the applicable prioritization criteria) and other applications for the other regions are also processed in the usual way. The aim is to reduce a larger number of older cases from this region in chronological order through increased personnel deployment and close cooperation and communication with the application-submitting bodies (AÜS's) than it would be possible without focus weeks.

The measure begins with the focus on processing the REAG/GARP 2.0 applications of the first region on Monday, 08.07.2024, and ends with the conclusion of the focus week of the last region, probably on Wednesday, 04.09.2024.

So that as many cases as possible can be processed conclusively within the respective focus week, you will find the schedule of the focus weeks below. We ask you to always keep an eye on the schedule so that all AÜS's who have submitted a REAG/GARP 2.0 application for a country in the current focus region can prepare for short-term queries and notifications from the BAMF clerks from the REAG/GARP 2.0 application processing and can answer them promptly. In order to ensure that the application processing runs as smoothly as possible, it is helpful if AÜSs respond to flight booking suggestions at short notice (within one working day) and, ideally, cancel applications for which there is no longer a desire to leave the country at an early stage.


Focus week 1: 08 July to 17 July, 2024 - Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus
Focus week 2: 15 July to 24 July, 2024 - MENA region (Middle East and North Africa)
Focus week 3: 22 July to 31 July, 2024 - APAC region (Asia-Pacific)
Focus week 4: 29 July to 07 August, 2024 - Latin America and Georgia
Focus week 5: 05 August to 14 August, 2024 - Western Balkans, North Macedonia and Belarus
Focus week 6: 12 August to 21 August, 2024 - Republic of Türkiye
Focus week 7: 26 August to 04 September, 2024 - Rest of Africa

Note: The focus weeks overlap, as some work steps of the current focus week and the following focus week will take place in parallel.

When planning the focus weeks, particular attention was paid to ensuring that the countries of origin and destination and regions where the largest number of older cases are currently present are the first to be dealt with.

All AÜSs will be informed separately of the start and end of each focus week by email and via a news message on ReturningfromGermany.

If you have any further questions about the focus weeks, please feel free to contact us via the functional mailbox

Your REAG/GARP 2.0 development team