Applying for a residence permit to participate in the European Voluntary Service Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you would like to participate in a European voluntary service in accordance with EU Directive 2016/801, you can apply for a temporary residence permit

As a participant in the European Voluntary Service, you will be granted a residence permit for the duration of the voluntary service, but for a maximum of one year.

The agreement concluded between you and the host institution must contain the essential information (job description, duration, working hours, working conditions, supervision, remuneration and, if applicable, training measures).

If you have not yet reached the age of 18, you also need the consent of your legal guardian.

In addition to participating in voluntary service, the exercise of additional employment is not permitted.

  • Recognized and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport replacement)
  • Visa, if required for entry
  • Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
  • Agreement with the host body for the implementation of the European Voluntary Service with job description and information on the duration of the voluntary service, working hours, working conditions, supervision, remuneration and any training measures included.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • Before the age of 18: Consent of the persons entitled to custody
  • In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or more evidence.

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: Yes


  • You have a recognized and valid identity document (for example, passport or passport replacement) and - if this was necessary for entry into Germany - a suitable visa.
  • You have concluded a formal agreement with a reputable institution on the implementation of the voluntary service.
  • There is no legally regulated reason for refusal (for example, you should not be one of the persons enjoying international protection in Germany who have applied for international protection, whose deportation is temporarily suspended or who have been granted temporary protection; nor should the institution hosting you have been established solely for the purpose of facilitating the entry and residence of foreigners).
  • You have sufficient health insurance coverage.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Publication of the European Youth Portal on the European Voluntary Service

Related Links

  • § 19e Residence Act (AufenthG) - Participation in European voluntary service
  • § 14 paragraph 1 number 1 Employment Ordinance (BeschV) - Other occupations
  • Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for research or study purposes, for the completion of a traineeship, for participation in voluntary service, pupil exchange programmes or educational projects and for the pursuit of an au pair activity
  • Find out whether your immigration office makes it possible to apply online or provides a special application form.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In the case of online applications, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your application to make an appointment.
  • During the appointment, your identity and your documents will be checked (please bring your documents, if possible in the original, to the appointment).
  • If your application is granted, your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT card). The Foreigners' Registration Office commissions Bundesdruckerei to produce the eAT card. After completion, you will receive information and can pick up the residence permit at the responsible office. The eAT card must always be collected in person.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection notice.

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