Important information: Coronavirus in Berlin
Our personal consultation starts again – but only by appointment.
Do you have any questions regarding the right of residence, social benefits or the recognition of qualifications acquired abroad?
- (030) 9017-23172
You can also reach the Welcome Centre on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00 by telephone on (030) 9017-23126.
News and Media
What is freedom of the press?
Freedom of the press is enshrined in article 5 of the German constitution. It guarantees everyone who works as a journalist the right to free distribution of news and opinions as well as independence in reporting. Censorship is prohibited in Germany. The state is therefore not permitted to determine what is and is not published.
The limit to freedom of the press is in the protection of minors and of personal honour. Media products that glorify violence may not be sold e.g. to minors. Anyone who publishes an opinion and in so doing harms others or incites hatred and violence is liable to prosecution.
More information about the rules of coexistence can be found in stage 1.
What is the Rundfunkbeitrag (radio contribution)?
The Rundfunkbeitrag is charged to finance the programmes of ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio (German radio). For adult citizens, the simple rule applies: one dwelling – one contribution. It makes no difference how many radios are in one dwelling or how many people live there – 17.50 Euro per month must be paid. If several people live together then one person registers and pays the Rundfunkbeitrag for the entire dwelling. The contribution also covers motor vehicles for private use, but not second or additional homes. A further Rundfunkbeitrag must be paid for each of these.
People in receipt of state social benefits can apply for exemption from payment of the Rundfunkbeitrag. People with disabilities pay a reduced contribution.
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Mon, Tue and Thu: 9.00 – 13.00
Thu additional 15.00 – 18.00
Mon, Tue and Thu: 9 am – 1 pm (admission and the giving out of waiting numbers starts at 8:00 pm)
Thu additionally: 3 pm – 6 pm (admission and the giving out of waiting numbers starts at 2:00 pm)
You don´t need an appointment, just come by during our opening hours. One hour before the beginning of the respective counseling hours, we start giving out waiting numbers for appointments with our counselors. If there is a great number of people seeking advice, it is possible that there are no numbers left and no more appointments available. Please therefore also make use of our offer to ask questions via email.