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  • Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

    The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) is recognized as a centre of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of vocational education and training (VET) in Germany. BIBB is a federal government institution for policy, research, and practice in the field of vocational education and training. The Institute identifies future challenges in VET, stimulates innovation in national and international vocational systems, and develops new, practice-oriented solutions for both initial and continuing vocational education and training.

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  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s website offers information on funding for entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises through the federal government and ERP funds, as well as funding for innovation, and export business assistance. The BMWi also offers advice on federal, state, and EU-wide funding programs in the field of commercial business.

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  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

    The Federal Ministry for Education and Research’s website offers information on research funding in Germany, including information on recent announcements and funding programs, Germany’s High-Tech Strategy, and financing for education and research.

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  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

    The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture's website offers information on the topics of agricultural science and protection, nutrition and the financing of renewable resources for agriculture, as well as sustainability and consumer protection.

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  • Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

    The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs’ website offers information on International Affairs, the German labor market, initial and continuing training, German labor law, occupational safety and health, the participation of disabled persons, pensions, and social security.

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  • Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

    The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure offers information on financing for urban development and transportation in Germany as well as the development of digital matters.

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  • Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA)

    The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) is part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and primarily deals with foreign trade and export control, the promotion of economic development, and energy. The BAFA’s promotion of economic development focuses on programs for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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  • Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees’ website contains information on moving to Germany, establishing residency, and working in Germany, for both EU citizens and third country citizens. The BAMF is a “competence centre for issues concerning integration and migration.”

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  • Federal Office of Administration (BVA)

    As the central service provider of the Federal Government, the Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt, BVA) is responsible for German Schools Abroad, organizes the management of grants in areas like the promotion of sport, culture, youth and social matters, grants educational loans, collects loans under the Federal Student Aid Law and provides training for the intermediate administration service at federal level. The BVA is involved in visa procedures on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office.

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  • The Federal Employment Agency (BA)

    The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit - BA) is the largest provider of labor market services in Germany. It has a network of more than 700 agencies and branch offices nationwide. Its central tasks are job and training placement, career counseling and providing benefits that replace employment income, such as unemployment benefit and insolvency payments. The Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse), which provides child benefits, is also part of the Federal Employment Agency.

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