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Pub­lic Se­cu­ri­ty, Na­tion­al­i­ty, Elec­tron­ic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

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:

  • es­tab­lish­ing Ger­man na­tion­al­i­ty in the case of doubts,
  • per­mis­sion for ob­tain­ing an­oth­er na­tion­al­i­ty (con­ser­va­tion),
  • nat­u­ral­iza­tions.

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.