“Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit” – do you want that to be the start of your new national anthem, too? If you want to acquire German citizenship, this is the right place. Here you will find information on the naturalisation test, naturalisation for spouses and how you can apply for verification of citizenship.To Services
Information about Rights & Duties
If you want to learn the German language and find your way around independently in everyday life, you can take part in an integration course under certain conditions.
Since September 1st, 2011, the electronic residence permit (eAT) has replaced the residence permit issued as adhesive labels:
- the residence permit, settlement permit and long-term residence permit issued so far as an adhesive label,
- the residence card and the permanent residence card.
The previous residence permits in the passports and passport substitute papers remain valid. An exchange / transfer does not take place and is also not required as long as the title and passport are valid.
The electronic residence permit (eAT) will be reissued
All third-country nationals (including infants and small children) receive their own electronic residence permit.
Without exception, the foreigners department responsible for the place of residence is responsible.
The electronic residence permit is issued in credit card format. It contains a contactless chip. The following biometric data of the cardholder is stored on the chip:
- 1. Photo,
- 2. Fingerprints (from the age of 6).
Only official bodies (such as immigration authorities, police, registration authorities) are allowed to read the contents of the chip.
The validity of the electronic residence permit depends on the duration of the residence permit and also requires a valid passport. In the case of permanent residence permits, the card itself is valid for a maximum of 10 years.
If desired, the eAT can also be used as an online identification function or a qualified electronic signature. The responsible immigration authorities can provide more information. You can obtain detailed information on online use and other functions by calling 01801-333333 (3.9 ct / minute / landline).
With this declaration, you undertake to ensure the visitor's livelihood, including benefits in the event of illness, for the duration of your stay.
You can only contact the Residents' Customer Service Center responsible for your place of residence. The Bergedorf and Billstedt locations are exceptions. There, please send an e-mail to the Foreigners Affairs department.
Do you have a temporary residence permit? After a certain period of time, you can obtain a temporary and spatially unrestricted residence permit.
Foreigners who wish to work in the Federal Republic of Germany require a settlement permit.
- Documents are missing or the foreigner file is not available,
- an ordered electronic residence permit (eAT) cannot be issued before the previous residence permit has expired or
- the outcome of criminal proceedings must be awaited.
A fiction certificate can only be issued if the stay is still legal at the time of the application for the issue or extension of a residence permit.
If you have a valid residence permit (residence permit or national visa for long-term stays - category D), a certificate of fiction will be issued in accordance with Section 81 (4) of the Residence Act.
The residence permit continues to apply with all ancillary provisions (also with regard to dispositions on employment) until a decision has been made on the application. Travel abroad and re-entry into the federal territory are possible with a valid fiction certificate in accordance with Section 81 (4) of the Residence Act .
A re-entry into Germany is only possible if the fiction certificate is still valid and the 3rd field "The residence title as continuing (§ 81 Paragraph 4 AufenthG)" is ticked.
A valid travel document must be carried with you.
If you are coming to Germany with the citizenship of the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Japan or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for a long-term stay, your citizenship entitles you to stay legally in the Federal Republic of Germany without a visa.
An electronic residence permit (eAT) must be applied for within 90 days.
Until a decision has been made on your first application, the fiction certificate will be issued in accordance with Section 81 (3) of the Residence Act. You are thus allowed to stay in Germany.
However, this fictional certificate does not entitle you to re-entry into the federal territory.
They are not allowed to take up employment.
If you live abroad and have more than one nationality, you can submit a declaration of renunciation of German nationality under certain conditions.