Thank you for sharing the details of your journey with us. In Freemasonry we based our relationships on brotherhood. In Lodges, we don’t know and we don’t care who is rich, who is poor, who works as what, who was born here and who was born thousands miles away. We are all reunited for a honorable purpose and we hold no prejudice against each other.
I lived more than 10 years in Germany. Due to a long family history, I am also a German citizen.
As Lark said, each jurisdiction will have its own rules. The same candidate could be accepted somewhere but refused somewhere else.
While your motives sound genuine and honorable, I believe that it’s too early to join the German freemasonry at this stage. You can still contact them. I am sure they will be delighted to show you around and answer your questions but I would be very slow to advise you about lodging a formal application at this stage. You don’t want to get a “NO” as it can play against you if you want to join in the future.
While I don’t know the rules of German Grand Lodges, I can still share with you some general principles commonly observed:
- Lawful residence: you have a residence application in progress through the asylum office. The authorities know about you. So you are present lawfully in Germany but you are not a resident as yet. As you said, you can be accepted, you can be refused… which means you are legally stable yet. Lodges usually don’t consider applications from visitors, tourists and people who have not settled in the country.
- Language: Freemasonry is about learning, communicating, sharing… You can’t be a Mason in Germany if you don’t speak fluent German. In lodges all communication will be carried out in German and you have to participate. Otherwise, you wouldn’t understand what’s happening and what’s being said around you.
- Duration of residence: you need to reside in the jurisdiction for a certain time and be known as a good character. If you joined the country recently, this part would be difficult to demonstrate.
- Employment: you need to be a self-sustaining member of the society. Again, not important what job you do and how much it pays.
I respect your motivation, but I believe you are too early in your journey in Germany. What I can recommend to you is to:
- Sort your residence paperwork out. Knowing the German administration, it may take years from now before you are officially settled in the country and holding on an unrestricted residence permit
- Learn German. There are free schools sponsored by the State.
- Find a job as soon as you have the right to work. Don’t wait to be perfect in German. Try various places until someones gives you a chance. In the job, you interact with people and learn German much faster.
- Keep informal contacts with freemasonry when possible. Like reading, participating in forums and going to open days.
When I moved from Germany to Britain, it took me almost a decade to walk into a Masonic Hall and ask to talk with someone about joining. It’s about patience :) Take your time and step and after step you will get there.