As the central service provider of the Federal Government, the Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt, BVA) sees itself as a partner of authorities, associations, and many citizens. It is responsible for German schools abroad, organizes the management of grants in areas like the promotion of sport, culture, youth and social matters, grants educational loans, collects loans under the Federal Student Aid Law and provides training for the intermediate administration service at federal level.
Since its foundation, the Federal Office of Administration has been working on tasks concerning public security and the law of citizenship. The BVA operates several registers like the Central Register of Foreigners, is essentially involved in visa procedures on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office with several millions of requests a year, and is the national Authority for the Grant of Authorization Certificates in the framework of the new identity card.
The following pages give you a detailed view on the wide range of issues of the Federal Office of Administration, that takes up more than 150 different tasks for the federal ministries and their departments.