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