Get mental disability certificate...

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Hello,

I write this question on behalf of my known person.

He is suffering from Bipolar Disorder, type 2 and going through the treatment by a German doctor.

He is working here on Blue card visa.

 

He has few Q's regarding getting a mentally disabled certificate.

 

1. What is the procedure to apply for it?

2. What are challenges to obtain it?

3. What are benefits and disadvantages to getting this recognization from German government authority? (How it will affect current and future jobs, visa, permanent residence permit etc..)

 

Thank you for your kindness!

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19 minutes ago, Dipakk said:

He has few Q's regarding getting a mentally disabled certificate.

Why is there an inclination to get that certificate?

 

Closer parking at the supermarket? Discounts at toys 'r' us?

 

Isn't it the current goal reaching a remission of the symptoms, rather than cementing the current status by getting a certificate?

 

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Well, short answer: Forget it.
Yes, is is possible to get a Schwerbehindertenausweis if you are bipolar. But usually only if it's so bad, that you are unable to work. And if you don't work a 'Schwerbehindertenausweis ohne Merkzeichen' won't do you any good. Benefits would be extra holidays and making it very, very hard to fire you.

His doctor should know about that and since you would need a shitload of paperwork from said doctor anyway, I'd say: ask him.

 

Edit: 'Merkzeichen' would be: can't walk, is helpless, is blind, can't hear or can't use public transport without help. I'm afraid none of the above apply to somebody with bipolar disorder.

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10 hours ago, Dipakk said:

He has few Q's regarding getting a mentally disabled certificate.

 

1. What is the procedure to apply for it?

 

 

Ask the "Integrationsamt" in Stuttgart to send your friend the relevant documents.

 

10 hours ago, Dipakk said:

2. What are challenges to obtain it?

 

That's a far ranging topic. If he's been ill for a short time (less than six months) your friend is just "ill" not disabled. Even if he's suffered the condition for longer than six months he might only be issued a certificate for a limited time (befristet).

 

10 hours ago, Dipakk said:

3. What are benefits and disadvantages to getting this recognization from German government authority? (How it will affect current and future jobs, visa, permanent residence permit etc..)

 

The benefits vary according to type of disability, and sometimes by state. There are some minor tax benefits, extra holidays, some extra protection against being fired and concessions at museums, community colleges, etc.

 

There are no disadvantages. Being recognized as disabled doesn't negatively affect visas, resident permits, etc. Discrimination against disabled people is forbidden by the German constitution.

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