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Old 08.06.2017, 20:38
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Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

Dear all... My bf has just received a letter from Immigration office to say that his C permit is conditional of an A2 language certificate. It has to be from one of these recognised bodies TELC, Goethe, OSD and TestDaF.
He has till the 30th June to provide it. He actually is half German and speaks fluently. They rejected is O level certificate.

Any one had a situation like this? Also any information how to obtain one of these certificates quickly?


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Old 08.06.2017, 20:48
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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

Can he prove he's half German? Does he have a German passport? What's his other nationality? Some EU countries are exempt from needing the language certificate.

EU nationalities language exemption: Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Liechtenstein, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Spain.
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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

He is British. His mum has a German Passport. But he grew up in the UK.
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Well, he'll have to see if he can find a examination date at one of the institutes mentioned where he can take the test.
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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

just checking results takes 6-8 weeks - no chance for meeting 30 June even if he'd take test now. However, (I was told that at my gemeinde) he should be able to re-apply for C as soon as he has certificate at hand (no need to wait until next B runs out)
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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

Write a letter and ask for an extension. I am quite sure they will comply if you politely explain the situation.
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Write a letter and ask for an extension. I am quite sure they will comply if you politely explain the situation.
He could go down to the office in person and ask them - in German.
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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

Exactly- if he speaks fluently- he can just go to the office and explain he hasn't got a certificate, because he is bilingual and therefore never needed one.

My OH is British, and during his facilitated naturalisation interview- he was asked which certification he has and which school/classes he attended. He said that he always spoke French with friends and relatives- and has learnt with me at home- and never felt the need for classes or certificate. Interviewee loved and said 'perfect' - immersion in the culture is so much better than any silly certificate.
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Exactly- if he speaks fluently- he can just go to the office and explain he hasn't got a certificate, because he is bilingual and therefore never needed one.

My OH is British, and during his facilitated naturalisation interview- he was asked which certification he has and which school/classes he attended. He said that he always spoke French with friends and relatives- and has learnt with me at home- and never felt the need for classes or certificate. Interviewee loved and said 'perfect' - immersion in the culture is so much better than any silly certificate.
Except that he went through facilitated naturalization and a silly certificate is not required.... just a tiny bit different.
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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

Not at all- the proof is in the pudding- someone who is bilingual and can obviously demonstrate it, will not need a A2 (very low basic level) certificate.
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Sorry?

In some cantons it's required for a C permit and it's required for regular naturalization. Not facilitated.
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Sorry?

In some cantons it's required for a C permit and it's required for regular naturalization. Not facilitated.
And Neuchâtel is not one of them.
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Any Cantons who would refuse someone clearly bilingual because they have not got A2 certificate- would truly need to re-assess, for sure.
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Dear all... My bf has just received a letter from Immigration office to say that his C permit is conditional of an A2 language certificate. It has to be from one of these recognised bodies TELC, Goethe, OSD and TestDaF.
He has till the 30th June to provide it. He actually is half German and speaks fluently. They rejected is O level certificate.

Any one had a situation like this? Also any information how to obtain one of these certificates quickly?


Any help will be greatly appreciated.
You can get german language certificated very quickly by going to Konstanz. I did the same for my C permit and paid around 80 EUR. Call each of these guys and ask if you can book an A2 exam at short notice, hopefully one can accommodate you https://www.google.ch/maps/search/ko.../data=!3m1!4b1

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As German citizen he doesn't need a language certificate. Tell him to call them so he shows his fluency, and mention that he also has German nationality. They may require him to show up in person as anybody could claim to be him, and bring his German passport, but chances are that's all they need to settle the issue.
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As German citizen he doesn't need a language certificate. Tell him to call them so he shows his fluency, and mention that he also has German nationality. They may require him to show up in person as anybody could claim to be him, and bring his German passport, but chances are that's all they need to settle the issue.
Does he have German nationality? That is not clear from the OP's posts.

He has British nationality and has a mother who has a german passport but that doesn't necessarily mean he has german citizenship. If he did they wouldn't be asking for the language certificate.

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Re: Immegration requiring A2 language certificate. Urgent help required please

sorry to jump on this thread - but it doesn't seemed to be covered here - I need to renew my C permit next year - the one I had now was before I needed to do the A2 exam. I have an A2 certificate which I did a few years ago - will this be sufficient do you think or would they ask me for a more recent certificate?
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sorry to jump on this thread - but it doesn't seemed to be covered here - I need to renew my C permit next year - the one I had now was before I needed to do the A2 exam. I have an A2 certificate which I did a few years ago - will this be sufficient do you think or would they ask me for a more recent certificate?
I don't think the language certificate is require for a C permit renewal just for obtaining it in the first place (for the moment at least).
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sorry to jump on this thread - but it doesn't seemed to be covered here - I need to renew my C permit next year - the one I had now was before I needed to do the A2 exam. I have an A2 certificate which I did a few years ago - will this be sufficient do you think or would they ask me for a more recent certificate?
A friend of mine had to redo her B1 certificate for citizenship as it was a few years old, so you might. But if you do have to redo it it's an easy enough process.

We just got our C permits (both of non EU) and had to show an A2 certificate. We emailed the Migrationsamt to ask for an extension, which was no problem. Then we booked a test at the Goethe Institute in Freiburg, Germany. They run the tests much more frequently than you can find in Switzerland so we only had to wait three weeks. We received our certificates the week after, and our C permits a week or so after that. Easy!
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He should just apply for German citizenship.
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