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Hello. My name is Ebrima Sannoh.

I have an Italian refugees status, last week I have a job offer here in Hamburg, then I went to the foreign office to look for working permit but, the lady I meet there said I can't. So I am kind of confuse. Am staying here learning the language paying my course for myself. So I decided to go and look for job so that I can buy my books and have what to eat. I looked for job because I don't want to involve in any illegal things. I am really looking for help. I don't know whether you guys can help me an idea? Or if I can change my documents to German residence permit?

Ebrima Sannoh
asked Feb 2 in Legal advice by Eb

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Dear @Eb, Ebrima Sannoh,

Thank you for reaching out to us again.

I have previously given you an answer to your question here: With a refugee status in Italy, am I allowed to work in Germany?

The reason why you were told you aren't eligible to work in Germany is summarized here:

"If you have a residence title of another Schengen country 1, you can be issued with a German residence title after your entry.
However, this applies only if you have a right to a residence title pursuant to the German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz).

In particular, you have a right to a residence title in the following cases:

  • You have an EU long-term residence permit 2
  • Issuance of a EU Blue Card
  • You have immigrated to join your German relatives
  • You have immigrated to join your spouse or same-sex life partner

In particular, you do not have a right in the following cases:

  • You start education or training
  • You intend to start an economic activity (except within the framework of an EU Blue Card)

1 National visas, Schengen visas, temporary residence permits for asylum seekers (Aufenthaltsgestattungen) and temporary suspensions of deportation (Duldungen) of other Schengen countries are not residence titles in this sense.

2 EU long-term residence permits of these countries are not included: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland and Romania"

Source: https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/einreise/verlaengerung-eines-visums/artikel.599692.en.php

If you are in Hamburg, you can try and reach out to a refugee support service. They might be able to share some ideas with you. Here are the contact details of Flüchtlingszentrum Hamburg: https://www.fz-hh.de/de/kontakt.php

Also, here is more information on when you are eligible for an EU long-term residence permit: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/residence/documents-formalities/eu-nationals-permanent-residence/index_en.htm

And: http://www.pratomigranti.it/en/documenti/permesso-soggiorno/tipologie/lungo-periodo/richiesta/pagina73.html

I hope this information helps. Maybe some other members can share their experiences here, too!

All the best,

Isa

answered Feb 4 by Isa
Thank you very much Isa I really appreciate your efforts
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