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Pub­lic se­cu­ri­ty

The BVA man­ages var­i­ous databas­es in the field of pub­lic se­cu­ri­ty. Via the cen­tral reg­is­ter por­tal, it op­er­ates dif­fer­ent na­tion­al and Eu­ro­pean IT ap­pli­ca­tions for se­cu­ri­ty and mi­gra­tion agen­cies at fed­er­al and Land lev­el.

Since 1960, the Cen­tral Reg­is­ter of For­eign­ers (Aus­län­derzen­tral­reg­is­ter, AZR) has been op­er­at­ed at the BVA. Con­tain­ing about 26 mil­lion per­son­al records, the AZR is one of the ma­jor com­put­er­ized databas­es in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, a part of the da­ta records from the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS) is made avail­able to ap­prox­i­mate­ly 570 for­eign­ers' reg­is­tra­tion of­fices and more than 170 Ger­man mis­sions abroad.

The BVA as­sists the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice and the Ger­man mis­sions abroad in visa pro­ce­dures by check­ing if there is any in­for­ma­tion on the ap­pli­cants giv­ing grounds to refuse the is­suance of a visa. For this pur­pose, the AZR, SIS and the visa warn­ing file, op­er­at­ed at the BVA since 1 June 2013, are con­sult­ed in about 2.3 mil­lion visa ap­pli­ca­tions a year.

The Na­tion­al Firearms Reg­is­ter (Na­tionales Waf­fen­reg­is­ter, NWR) con­tributes to pub­lic se­cu­ri­ty, too. Es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion on firearms and am­mu­ni­tion re­quir­ing a per­mit and in le­gal pri­vate pos­ses­sion have been cen­tral­ly stored since Jan­uary 2013.


EU re­port­ing ser­vice for the trans­fer of firearms

This task was trans­ferred from the Fed­er­al Crim­i­nal Po­lice Of­fice (BKA) to the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) on 6 Ju­ly 2017 by the amend­ment of the Ger­man Weapons Act.

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Na­tion­al Firearms Reg­is­ter (NWR)

As the re­spon­si­ble reg­is­tra­tion au­thor­i­ty, the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) start­ed to op­er­ate the Ger­man Firearms Reg­is­ter on 1 Jan­uary 2013, which pro­vides es­sen­tial cur­rent and time­ly in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery firearm re­quir­ing a per­mit and in pri­vate pos­ses­sion.

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Na­tion­al Unit of the Eu­ro­pean Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (VIS)

On 11 Oc­to­ber 2011, the Eu­ro­pean Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (VIS) be­came op­er­a­tional on the ba­sis of the Reg­u­la­tion (EC No 767/2008; VIS Reg­u­la­tion). The VIS is sup­posed to help to pre­vent threats to pub­lic se­cu­ri­ty and visa fraud, to fa­cil­i­tate checks at the ex­ter­nal bor­ders and with­in the ter­ri­to­ry of the mem­ber states as well as to al­low the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­turn of il­le­gal im­mi­grants by a trans-Eu­ro­pean in­ter­change of da­ta on visas is­sued for short-term stays. The stored da­ta in­clude a pho­to­graph of the ap­pli­cant, in­for­ma­tion on the visa ap­pli­ca­tion, and fin­ger­prints.

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Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS)

The BVA main­tains a part of the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem da­ta stock and trans­mits these da­ta to Ger­man mis­sions abroad and for­eign­ers au­thor­i­ties.
On 14 June 1985, France, the mem­ber states of the Benelux Eco­nom­ic Union and the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many signed the Schen­gen Con­ven­tion (CISA) on the grad­u­al abo­li­tion of checks at the in­ter­nal bor­ders of the con­tract­ing par­ties, al­low­ing free trav­el. To off­set the se­cu­ri­ty deficits re­sult­ing from the abo­li­tion of checks, the five con­tract­ing par­ties at that time agreed to es­tab­lish the Cen­tral Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS). Mean­while, 21 oth­er states have signed the Schen­gen Con­ven­tion. Oth­er coun­tries have asked to be­come mem­bers of the Schen­gen area. The cen­tral SIS is lo­cat­ed in Stras­bourg.

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Ser­vice point for found for­eign doc­u­ments

The Act Amend­ing the Res­i­dence Act and oth­er laws re­quires the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion to man­age a database (database on found doc­u­ments) con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on found iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments of na­tion­als of coun­tries list­ed in An­nex I of Reg­u­la­tion (EC) No 539/2001 which are is­sued by for­eign pub­lic bod­ies (Ar­ti­cle 49 of the Res­i­dence Act).

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Visa is­sues

Whether some­one wants to en­ter Ger­many to vis­it rel­a­tives, to study, work, re­join fam­i­ly mem­bers or for oth­er rea­sons, when for­eign­ers ap­ply for a visa to en­ter Ger­many at a Ger­man mis­sion abroad (em­bassy or con­sulate-gen­er­al), we are con­sult­ed elec­tron­i­cal­ly.