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Request that your data stored in the Central Register of Foreigners be blocked

If you live in Germany as a foreigner for more than 90 days, your personal data will be recorded in a central register for foreigners. From this, public authorities can obtain information about you.

Non-public bodies, authorities of other countries and supra- or intergovernmental bodies can also receive data from the Central Register of Foreigners if the legal requirements are met.

You can request a blocking of the transfer of your personal data if you see a danger to yourself or your relatives. The data will be blocked if:

  • Your legitimate interests or those of another person may be adversely affected by the transfer of the data, or
  • at the request of the Witness Protection Service.

Blocked data is provided with a transmission block. They may only be transmitted in exceptional cases (without your opinion) to non-public bodies, authorities of other states or intergovernmental bodies.

If there is an overriding public interest, the ban is also effective vis-à-vis authorities. The length of the ban depends on the individual case.
 

Process flow

You can apply for a transfer block from the Central Register of Foreigners in writing or in person:

If you request the transfer block in person:

  • Check with your local immigration office to find out which documents you need. If necessary, make an appointment.
  • At your appointment, a member of staff will listen to you to find out the reasons for your request. A decision will then be made on your application.
  • You will then receive a written notification. If your application is approved, the transmission block will apply with immediate effect.

If you request the transfer block in writing:

  • Check with your local immigration office to find out which application form and other documents you need. If there is no application form, an informal signed application is sufficient.
  • Send your application and the required documents to your Foreigners' Registration Office, the Central Register of Foreigners, or the branch office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees responsible for processing your asylum application.
  • Once your application and documents have been reviewed, you will receive a written notification. If your application is approved, the transmission block will apply immediately.

Note: Transmission blocks can also be stored ex officio in the case of interests worthy of protection or overriding public interest. If a transmission block has been stored in the register ex officio, you as the data subject will be informed by the authority that decided on its storage.

 

Requirements

  • You can demonstrate in a concrete and comprehensible manner that your interests or those of another person worthy of protection may be adversely affected by the transfer of your data.

Which documents are required?

  • Proof of your identity
  • where applicable, appropriate evidence that you or another person may be at risk as a result of the transmission
     

What are the fees?

none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

none

Processing duration

Varies from authority to authority

Applications / forms

Forms: can be obtained from your local authority

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

What else should I know?

The transfer of data despite an existing transmission block is permitted in individual cases if there is an overriding public interest in knowing the blocked data (for example, to prosecute criminal offences).

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Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)

Professionally released on

23.09.2019

Author

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Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)