The AWO (Workers' Welfare Association) in Thuringia offers several counselling and advisory services to people who have recently arrived in Germany.

All counselling and advisory services offer individual counselling. You may also bring your family to the appointment if you wish. The counselling is confidential, this means that no information from the counselling session will be passed on to unauthorized persons. Our counsellors are qualified and experienced in asylum procedure counselling. All counselling and advisory services will try to give you an appointment as soon as possible.

Click here to see an overview of all AWO counselling and advisory services in Thuringia: Counselling and advisory services database 

Migration Advisory Service for Adult Migrants (MBE) and Youth Migration Service (JMD)

People who have recently arrived in Germany are confronted with many new rules, procedures, and laws. The specialised migration advisory services MBE and JMD support all people who have recently arrived in Germany and who are in possession of a German residence permit.

The MBE and JMD support migrants with their linguistic, professional, and social integration.

The MBE is open to all people aged 27 and above, the JMD is open to all people aged 12 to 27.

We are happy to advise you on the below questions:

  • Where can I learn German?
  • Can I participate in an integration course and if so, where?
  • How do I find accommodation?
  • Where can I get financial support?
  • Where can I get medical treatment?
  • Can I bring my family to Germany and if so, how?
  • What do I need to know about sending my child to a daycare centre or school in Germany?
  • Where can I find vocational training? Which training, or apprenticeship is the right one for me?
  • Are my qualifications recognized in Germany? Can I work in my previous profession?
  • What are my rights and my obligations?
  • ...


Asylum Procedure Advice (AVB)

People who have had to flee their home country often have many questions. Especially those who are still in the asylum procedure and are faced with the Asylum and the Residence Acts.

The AVB supports all people getting settled in Germany and advises on questions regarding the asylum procedure.

We are happy to advise you on the following topics:

  • I need help with my asylum application.
  • How does the asylum application process work?
  • I have submitted an application but have not received any reply.
  • I have applied for asylum in another European country - what happens next?
  • My application has been rejected - what can I do?
  • Where can I get legal support?
  • What are my rights and my obligations as an asylum seeker?
  • ...