I have a question concerning a client of mine (I am working as a psychologist). This client is currently stateless, although he has no official confirmation of being stateless. He came to Germany about 30 years ago from Aserbaidzhan - with a passport from the Soviet Union, birthplace Aserbaidzhan. Since his last passport expired he doesn’t have a valid passport - German authorities don’t want to confirm the statelessness. They want him to get official confirmations from russian and armentian consulate to prove that he is neither russian nor armenian citizen. He has a official document from Aserbaidzahn confirming that he has no aserbaidzhanian citizenship. All he wants is the official title of statelessness so that he is able to apply for German citizienship. He lives in the current situation (no valid documents) for 4 years now - which means he can’t work nor leave the country. Two lawyers who were involved in the case couldn’t help. The problem is the German foreigners office handling the case - requesting a negative confirmation of citizenship from the Russian Federation and Armenia seems rather arbitrary - as my client has no connection to those two countries - he wasn’t born there, didn’t live there nor one of his family members. The only connection is that the client was a citizen of the Soviet Union - but the SU didn’t consist of three countries only?! Getting those negative confirmations is quite complicated as they require not only valid documents but also quite a lot of money.
Does anybody know a similar case with citizens of former Soviet Union? Thanks for your help!