The Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt, BVA) is the point of contact for people living abroad. As competent authority it examines applications from abroad relating to nationality law and provides a central information tool to the security and migration agencies of the Federal Republic of Germany.
By using modern technology, for instance in the Central Register of Foreigners or visa procedure, the BVA assumes important functions in technical and specialized matters in the national and international security architecture.
In most cases, registers have high technical and operational requirements, like a high data volume, complex rules, different access rights, and availability around the clock, seven days a week. The functional requirements, however, are similar. More and more registers have to be implemented and maintained at short notice and with limited resources. This has to be handled with appropriate methods and service-oriented architecture schemes.
As nationality authority for persons living abroad, the BVA has specific tasks that can in general only be performed after a complex legal and historical verification and assessment of the applicants’ CVs and those of their ancestors.
These tasks include:
Furthermore, the Federal Office of Administration is responsible for the implementation of the admission procedure for Germans according to the Federal Expellees Act (BVFG). In the case of a positive notification, ethnic German resettlers and their families are registered after having entered the Federal Republic of Germany and placed in a Federal State for the establishment of residence.