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FAQ for Ukrainians
Herewith we would like to give the Ukrainians who have just arrived in Hildesheim as pragmatic information as possible. Due to the current situation, we cannot promise a guaranteed topicality. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or requests.
Ukrainians who have had to flee to Germany since February 24 can apply for a residence permit in accordance with § 24 AufenthG for temporary protection. Until the residence permit is issued, people temporarily receive a so-called fictional certificate.
The residence permit itself is to be issued in Germany for two years. The temporary protection can be extended by a further year to a maximum of three years by EU Council decision. In this case, the residence permit would have to be extended by another year.
If you live in the district of Hildesheim (Landkreis Hildesheim)
Apply online at Meldung zur Terminvergabe (landkreishildesheim.de). You will then be given an appointment by e-mail or telephone to register at the immigration authorities. If all the requirements for registration are met, you will receive a start-up certificate and a residence permit for an initial period of one year.
If you live in the city of Hildesheim
At Hannoversche Strasse 6a, refugees can apply for monetary and medical assistance under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act and for a residence permit. It is also possible to register in the city office.
The service center is initially open Monday to Friday. The service center can be reached by email email@example.com or by telephone on the city’s Ukraine hotline: 05121 301-4343. The 3G rule applies – visitors must be vaccinated, recovered or recently tested.
Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to change hryvnia. A Europe-wide solution is currently being under development. The Ukrainian Central Bank recommends that all people who are fleeing or have fled Ukraine do not withdraw their cash in hryvnia, but leave it in the account if possible and make cashless payments abroad. However, this is only possible with international money cards such as credit cards. Sometimes Ukrainian refugees in Germany and other EU countries can withdraw cash from ATMs with an international money card.
In Germany you can initially drive with your valid driver’s license. If you have an international driver’s license, you do not need a translation. National driving licenses need to have a classified translation. You can obtain these from approved translators or from the ADAC Führerschein übersetzen: ADAC Führerscheinübersetzung.
Important note: Your Ukrainian driving license is only valid for six months after you have registered in Germany. After that it has to be rewritten.
It is compulsory in Germany that children have to go to school if they are older than six years. The vast majority of schools in Germany is run by the government. Children can therefore attend these schools free of charge.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers exchange studies. To start studies you will need a residence permit. If you have any questions about the exchange program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have any other questions, please contact email@example.com.