Ukrainian residents with MS relocating to Germany | Country-specific information

18.05.2022

Country-specific information for Ukrainian residents with MS relocating to Germany

German MS Society (DMSG)
  • Name: Dr. Alina Beckermann
  • Phone: +49 511 968340
  • Email: beckermann@dmsg.de
  • Languages: Russian, Ukrainian
National governmental website explaining the administrative procedure for migrants who want to enter the country or who are seeking asylum in the country. Links to government websites:

Links to non-profit organisations

  • The Refugee Council of the state/city you are living
  • Medinetz – a large number of cities are running such an organisation. As a rule, all employees, both mediators and those treating, work on a voluntary basis. The spectrum of those treating you ranges from doctors and psychotherapists to nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and physiotherapists to alternative practitioners. Interpreters often help on a voluntary basis as well. Costs incurred, mostly for materials, medicines or complex operations that cannot be carried out on an outpatient basis, i.e. under certain circumstances even if free treating physicians are not available, are financed by donations.
  • Gesundheit für Geflüchtete – facilitation for health vouchers. These networks have been working for many years in 33 locations in Germany to provide healthcare to refugees and migrants who do not have sufficient healthcare cover ( present in Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Göttingen, Giessen, Hannover, Jena, Kiel, Leipzig, Magdeburg and Marburg). The multidisciplinary team that produces it works full-time in fields such as human medicine, psychology, health science and law.
  • Caritas Deutschland and Diakonie Deutschnald offices for clothes. These type of organisations are present all over the country

After passing German border - registration

  • Please contact the nearest immigration office or police station if you do not have a valid visa or a biometric passport with which you can prove that you are legally staying in Germany, or you have no financial means for your own care. The police are usually present at train stations. They will first register you and, if necessary, arrange for your accommodation and meals. If you have a valid visa or a biometric passport and you can initially provide for your own needs, the nearest immigration authorities or police stations will usually only record your data. You are then free to choose your accommodation. In addition, many cities have central contact points that you can contact.
  • Ukrainian nationals may enter the Schengen area (and thus also Germany) for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days without a visa if they have a biometric passport. If you have a non-biometric passport, you need a Schengen visa for this short stay, but entry can also be granted for humanitarian reasons. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland (BMI) is working on regulations that will make it possible to extend the permitted stay to a limited extent without particularly burdening the immigration authorities. In order to avoid an inadvertently unauthorized stay, the persons concerned can first informally agree in writing, stating their personal details (preferably a copy of the passport data page) and the reason for their stay (war situation in Ukraine and possibly other reasons) and the day of the first entry into the EU Apply for a residence permit at the immigration office responsible for your place of residence.
  • Regardless of this, the right to file an application for asylum continues to exist in principle. Should you apply for asylum your visa expires when you apply for asylum. If you are in possession of a biometric passport, your visa-free stay expires when you apply for asylum. You are then usually obliged to live in a state reception facility for a certain period of time and can no longer freely determine your whereabouts. More information on this is expected in the coming days.
  • If you do not have been registered passing the German border so you are not in possession of an official registration document, the first step is to register within the within the immigration authority located in the city you are now living for being allowed to apply for further help (https://bamf-navi.bamf.de/en/Themen/Behoerden/). After successful registration, a certificate (proof of arrival) will be issued.

How to apply for  accommodation

  • As long as you are allowed to stay in Germany without a visa or have a visa, you are free to choose your place of residence. You can also live with friends or family or find your own apartment. You do not have to live in a shared accommodation. If you do not have your own money, the social welfare office will cover the costs.
  • If you are already registered as refugee, you also can get accommodation facilitated by the social welfare office of the city you are resident. Please address your inquiry to that office.
  • However, the social welfare office will only pay the rental costs up to a certain amount and only if certain conditions are met. Therefore, before looking for an apartment, ask your social welfare office how high the rent may be and what other requirements the apartment must meet. The allowed amount of rent varies from city to city and depends on various factors, such as the type of heating and the size of the building.
  • You can read more about forms of accommodation here: https://handbookgermany.de/de/ukraine-info/en/wohnen.html

How to apply for financial support

  • Section 24 of the Residence Act, you are entitled to financial support from the state. You can get this support via the so-called “Asylum Seeker Benefits Act” (“„Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz”). This includes accommodation and money for food, clothing, etc. You will also receive a small amount of pocket money. If you move into your own apartment, you can also get additional financial support for furnishing the apartment. Important: Even if you do not currently have a residence permit according to Section 24 of the Residence Act and are not yet registered, the Federal Ministry of the Interior states that the following applies: If you need help from the state (accommodation, food, medical care), you are already entitled to it.
  • The following applies to everyone: You must apply for this assistance from the social welfare office (“Sozialamt”) responsible for you. The social welfare office responsible for you is the social welfare office at the place where you are staying. On http://www.sozialaemter.com/  you will find a list of all social welfare offices in the respective
  • If you have already or want to apply for a residence permit according to federal states.

How to apply for a work permit

  • As a registered refugee from Ukraine you will be allowed to work in Germany. A gainful employment must first be permitted by the foreigners authority. When the residence permit is issued, the foreigners authority will already enter in the residence title that gainful employment is permitted, even you do not have at the moment a concrete job is in prospect yet. This means that no further work permit from another authority is required.
  • The foreigners authorities will issue so-called probationary certificates when an application is submitted. These bypass the residence law until the actual residence title  can be issued and granted. The foreigners authority will also enter "gainful employment permitted" in the probationary certificate. Even with this probationary certificate, it is therefore possible to work in Germany on a self-employed basis or as an employee. Special professional access requirements (such as a licence to practise medicine or a permit for a trade requiring a licence) naturally apply to temporarily protected persons just like to everyone else. But the procedures for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications are also open to those affected, just like everyone else.
  • Persons with a residence permit for temporary protection in Germany are also eligible for advice and placement services in accordance with Social Code III (SGB III) through the employment agencies.
  • If there is a need, all persons covered by the scope of § 24 AufenthG receive benefits to cover medical care according to the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG)
  • Please address your needs to the welfare office of the city where you are resident. These will issue treatment certificates and prescriptions for therapies etc. In general if medical care is urgently needed, please contact directly the health department within the social welfare office via the citizen hotline.
  • Important: Even if you do not have health insurance and do not want to apply for asylum, you are entitled to medical help in an emergency. So, in the event of a medical emergency, be sure to go to the nearest hospital or call an ambulance. You can read more about emergencies in the  "Emergency" chapter (https://handbookgermany.de/en/live/emergencies.html). If it is not an emergency, the following applies: If you have an acute illness or pain and you do not have your own money, you can get help from the social welfare office. This also includes emergency medical care. You can find out how to apply for this in the “Can I get financial support?” section. Please note: You must apply for this help before you go to the doctor. The social welfare office will then give you a so-called “certificate of treatment” (“Behandlungschein”). In some federal states you will also receive a so-called “health card” (“Gesundheitskarte”). With it you can go to a doctor for free. You can find out more about this in the chapter “Health care for refugees” (https://handbookgermany.de/en/live/healthcareforrefugees.html.)
  • Note: If persons entitled to benefits according to the AsylbLG have special needs that go beyond the needs already covered by §§ 3 and 4 AsylbLG, § 6 paragraph 1 AsylbLG allows the granting of benefits to cover such special needs. This can also include necessary care services and services that materially correspond to the services of integration assistance. It is always necessary to consider the circumstances of the individual case.

What documents are needed to apply for medical insurance for Ukrainian refugees?

  • No information available at this time

Duration of obtaining medical insurance

  • No information available at this time

Coverage of medical insurance (including treatments for MS?)

  • No information available at this time

Where can people get specialised MS care?

  • No information available at this time

What treatments for Multiple Sclerosis are available in Germany?

  • No information available at this time

Do pharmaceutical companies allow/support patients to continue a clinical study that they started in Ukraine?

  • Sanofi-Aventis has conducted studies with MS preparations (so-called BTK inhibitors) in Ukraine (pls. contact for information Sabine Fröhlich (Sabine.Froehlich@sanofi.com)
  • Novartis is still running a study with a few children (approval study). Attempts are currently being made to reach/locate all families/children in Ukraine/at the place of refuge And continue to provide care there or at the place of escape. (pls. contact for information Dr. Thomas Kolter (Thomas.kolter@novartis.com)
  • Merck Serono is running a phase III study (evobrutinib) in the Ukraine. Merck is currently clarifying the procedure and will also name a German contact person in order to make possible to address ongoing therapy inquiries
  • Responses are still pending from Janssen and Brystol Myers Squibb (BMS)
Note: Biogen does not have ongoing study in Ukraine and according to that no possibilities for further care in Germany

Where and how can Ukrainian refugees apply to get official disabled status in Germany?

  • As a recognized person with disabilities in Ukraine, you have the opportunity to apply during your stay in Germany for a temporary disability card, which gives you access to various benefits.
  • You have the option to submit your application electronically (form to be find on  office‘s website). Your data will be transmitted in encrypted form to the branch office of the State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family (Landesamt für Soziales, Jugend und Familie) responsible for your place of residence.
  • There is no need to send your original or copies of your Ukrainian disability card to testify status of disability.

Are there any benefits available for people with disabilities?

  • No information available at the moment