The reception facility
In the beginning, you will have to live in a reception facility (Erstaufnahme-Stelle, EA). In some cases, you will spend only a short time in the EA. But sometimes it takes a long time. Some people have to stay in the EA for 18 months. Families with children under the age of 18 must be transferred out of the EA after six months at the latest. After the EA you should be moved to an administrative district (Landkreis)in Baden-Württemberg. You are not allowed to choose the district you want to move to. If you want to move to a specific district, you should tell this to staff of the Regierungspräsidium (RP) in the reception facility as soon as possible. The best thing to do is to write a letter saying where you want to go and why. The letter should be in german. If you need help, ask an advice office.If you are from a country which Germany regards as a „safe country of origin“(sicherer Herkunftsstaat), you usually have to stay in the EA until the end of your asylum process. [/break]This does not aplly to families with childern under 18. Families with children under 18 can move out of the EA after six months. This also applies to families from so-called „Safe countries of origin“ with children under 18.
If you have children under 18 and have been in the EA for six months, ask an advice office if you would like to move out. On the website of the Refugee Council of Baden-Württemberg, you can find an information sheet and a template to apply for a transfer out of the EA for families from so-called „Safe countries of origin“ who have been in the EA for more than six months.