Residence permit for international, humanitarian or political reasons Extension for urgent humanitarian or personal reasons
An extension of the residence permit beyond the grant period of six months is not permitted as long as you have not yet resided legally in Germany for at least 18 months when the residence permit was first issued. If you have resided legally in Germany for at least 18 months, an extension of the residence permit, which is initially limited to six months, is possible. The same conditions must be met as for the issuance of the residence permit. An extension of the residence permit is only permitted if a temporary stay is sought. If you are seeking a permanent residence or a stay in the Federal territory that is not foreseeable for a period of time, an extension of the residence permit cannot be granted. You must urgently take care to submit an application for an extension or issue of another residence permit before the expiry of the period of validity of your residence permit. If the application is submitted in good time, i.e. before the expiry of the time limit, further residence is deemed to be permitted until the decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office with all subsequent effects (e.B. entitlement to receive social assistance). A late application (after the end of the period specified in the residence permit) can result in considerable legal disadvantages. Your further stay would then be illegal. You are then obliged to leave the country.
current biometric photo Previous residence permit
Get from your local immigration authority Online procedure possible: no Personal appearance required: yes
The residence permit shall be renewed if the conditions which must be met when it was first issued continue to be met. Existence of an application for renewal There must be no grounds for refusal.
If you intend to stay permanently in Germany, the extension of the residence permit for temporary residence is not an option.
As a rule, you must apply for the extension of your residence permit in person - early before the expiry of the validity of your residence permit - at your competent immigration authority. Make an appointment with the local immigration authority. You can also find out on the respective website of the Ausländerbörde about the application process and which documents you have to submit in which form. If you have submitted an application for an extension in due time (before the expiry of the validity of your residence permit), your previous stay is considered permitted until the decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office. If your application is granted, the Foreigners' Registration Office instructs Bundesdruckerei to produce the electronic residence permit (eAT) with a new validity date With regard to the duration of the procedure until the residence permit is handed over, please contact the competent immigration authority
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