Information on supporting displaced persons from Ukraine in Soltau. (⇒ deutsche Version)
Regularly information exchange
The city administration invites you to a regularly information exchange for displaced persons from Ukraine, host families and volunteers in the library of Soltau. The event takes place every Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. Read more...
Free public transport
Displaced persons from Ukraine can use regional trains and many bus lines in Lower Saxony free of charge. A passport or another Ukrainian identity document serves as a substitute for the ticket. The regulation also applies to bus services in the route network of the Heidekreis-Transport-Association.
In addition, Deutsche Bahn has also released its long-distance trains for displaced persons from Ukraine. There are free “helpukraine”-tickets available at the train stations.
Current legal situation
Residence status of displaced persons from Ukraine (very abbreviated description)
As a displaced person from Ukraine with a biometric passport, you can stay in Germany for a maximum of 90 days without a visa. In principle, there is no postal registration or an obligation to notify the immigration authorities. Persons without a passport are required to report to the relevant immigration authorities for identification purposes. You are also welcome to fill out the “Registration at the foreigners' registration office”-form and send it to the city of Soltau together with proof of identity (birth certificate, Ukrainian identity card, Ukrainian residence permit, etc.) to email@example.com. The department forwards your information to the foreigners' registration office. Please remember to write your name on your host family's mailbox.
If you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, please also fill out the “Registration at the foreigners' registration office”-form and send it together with the copies of your passport (or other proof of identity) to the Social Affairs Department of the city Soltau. This information is also sent to the immigration authorities so that the residence permit can be issued.
Displaced persons from Ukraine who have accommodation in Soltau and are unable to earn their living, rent or operating costs themselves are entitled to benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. Persons seeking protection are reported to the immigration authorities so that proof of arrival can be sent and a residence permit can be issued in accordance with Section 24 of the Residence Act. In this case, you do not have to report to the immigration office yourself.
The entitlement to benefits includes the standard need for everyday items, the costs of accommodation and care in the event of illness. Please contact the city of Soltau, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You are also welcome to download the application for asylum benefits, fill it out and send it to the city of Soltau by post or email together with the documents listed.
The benefits can be paid out in cash at the city treasury of the city of Soltau. However, with a registered address and a passport, you also have the option of opening an account at a bank. Please contact a bank.
Rented living space
As part of the benefits, the costs of accommodation and heating for your own living space are also covered, insofar as these are reasonable. For this, the Department of Social Assistance requires the rental agreement and a rental certificate filled out by the landlord. If you want to rent new living space, please contact the social affairs department before renting the apartment to determine reasonable costs. If a rental deposit is payable, this can be requested via the rental deposit application. Please note that the rental agreement may not be signed at this time.
⇒ rental deposit application
⇒ rental certificate
You can then claim from the Social Assistance Department what needs there are for furnishing the apartment.
A work permit is not automatic, but can be applied for at the foreigners' registration office of the district of Heidekreis.
The Employment Agency is responsible for providing assistance in finding employment.
In Germany, children have to go to school for 12 years. From the age of 6 the children start school. For Ukrainian children, school attendance is obligatory after registration with the immigration authorities or the residents' registration office, but no later than 3 months after entry.
Registration at the registration office / citizens' office
If you establish your habitual residence in Soltau, i.e. you are with a host family or live in your own living space, you must register with the citizens’ office of the city of Soltau. If you have submitted an application for asylum seeker benefits, you will be registered automatically. Otherwise, please contact the Citizens’ Registration Office to make an appointment.
⇒ citizens’ office of the city of Soltau
Contact points and useful tips
The following document lists a few useful contact points, organizations and contacts. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.
⇒ Contact points and useful tips
The website of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is also very informative and is available in Ukrainian.
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees provides initial information for displaced persons from Ukraine in various languages:
Regularly information exchange
The city administration invites you to a regularly information exchange in the youth center of Soltau. The event takes place every Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon.
All displaced persons from Ukraine who were taken in in Soltau, host families and volunteers are welcome. Translation will be provided.
Questions about topics such as school, day care, vaccinations, support offers, work and much more are answered here directly by the employees of the city administration.
After the first meetings took place in the youth center of Soltau, the decision was made to use the library as the new venue for the information exchange because of the more suitable premises.
Ms. Marion Kreutzer is your contact for questions and further information.
Date: Every Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon
Location: Library of Soltau (Mühlenweg 4)