Hello, I am from Burundi. I fled to Rwanda, a neighboring country to Burundi during the political crisis in 2015, I have a refugee status From Rwanda. I came to Bavaria on a student visa using a refugee travel document issued by the Government of Rwanda but I would like to stay. Am I eligible to apply for refugee status here in Bavaria??

asked Mar 26, 2022 in Legal advice by kennedyn001 | 351 views

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Dear @kennedyn001,

Welcome to the Wefugees Community and thank you for your question.

Whether an asylum application would have a chance to get accepted or not, is hardly possible to estimate or tell in general (especially without knowing your case in detail). You may want to discuss your situation in a refugee and migration counselling office - there are many offices all over Germany, offering free of charge and confidential services. However, if you manage to graduate from a German University, you also have good perspectives to **** for work here and to obtain a residence permit for work. Please see the "Make it in Germany" website, for instance, where they state:

After successfully obtaining your degree, you can extend your stay in Germany by applying for a residence permit for jobseekers in accordance with Section 20 (3) no. 1 AufenthG (German Residence Act). The residence permit is issued for up to 18 months as a means to find qualified employment in Germany. You are allowed to perform any job while searching for qualified employment. As soon as you have received a job offer, you can apply to have your residence permit for study purposes converted into a work permit for qualified professionals or into an EU Blue Card. Further information regarding the options available to you while studying in Germany and after obtaining your degree can be found in the Prospects After Graduating section.

I hope this helps and please don't hesitate to get back to us with any further questions.

All the best,


answered Mar 27, 2022 by Meike
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