Apply for an electronic residence permit
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Wenn Sie legal in Hamburg leben und nicht die deutsche Staatsangehörigkeit besitzen, 
benötigen Sie in der Regel einen elektronischen Aufenthaltstitel (eAT) als Nachweis über Ihren Aufenthaltsstatus.

As a person with foreign nationality, you usually have to have a residence permit in order to be able to stay in Germany legally.

This residence permit is issued as an electronic residence permit (eAT) in credit card format. The electronic residence permit contains your personal details and information about your residence status. This data is also stored on a chip (electronic storage medium).
With the electronic residence permit, you can use the online ID function on the Internet.

The period of validity of your electronic residence permit depends on how long your residence status is valid and how long your national passport is valid. In the case of permanent residence permits, the electronic residence permit is valid for a maximum of ten years, after which you need a new card.

  • Your valid national passport or passport substitute or identity card substitute.
  • If available, your current residence permit or proof of the current right of residence.
  • Debit card or cash for the fees. If you receive benefits from the job center or basic security, please bring your benefit notification with you.
  • Have you already used the online service? Please also bring the originals of all uploaded documents with you.
  • If additional documents are required, the authorities will contact you.


  • You must be registered in Hamburg with your main residence and have a secure residence status.
  • The responsible authority will tell you what other requirements you have to meet in order to obtain an electronic residence permit. You can also check this yourself by using the Hamburg residence permit online serviceHamburg residence permit online service (see links).


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  • § 4 Residence Act (AufenthG)
  • § 78 Residence Act (AufenthG)
  • §§ 44 ff. Residence Ordinance (AufenthV)
  • Annex D14a to the Residence Ordinance (AufenthV)

Related Links

  • Central Immigration Office - Hamburg
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland - sample photo board (external link)
  • Online service: Hamburg residence permit
You will receive an electronic residence permit if you have applied for the issue, transfer or issue of a residence permit, a Swiss residence permit, a residence card or a permanent residence card and the authority has approved this application.
  • You report to the district office responsible for you and show your application request.
  • The district office will give you an appointment to submit your application to the district office.
  • You come on the specified date and submit your application.
    • The district office checks the granting requirements.
    • You pay the fees.
    • If the decision is positive, your biometric data will be recorded.
  • The authorities will order the electronic residence permit for you from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • You come to a pick-up time agreed at the first appointment and receive your electronic residence permit.
If you want to complete the process online:
  • You use the Hamburg residence permit online service (see links). There you enter your personal data and upload the required documents. Immediately afterwards make an appointment with the responsible district office.
  • The district office will check before your first appointment whether you meet all the requirements.
  • The remaining procedural steps correspond to those of the written procedure.

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