Electronic residence permit (eAT) Grant

The electronic residence permits (eAT) are issued and handed out as a separate document in credit card format with additional electronic functions. Inside the card, the eAT has a contactless chip on which biometric characteristics (characteristics: photo and after the age of 6, two fingerprints), ancillary provisions relating to the residence permit (e.B. employment) and personal data are stored. In addition, the chip receives an electronic proof of identity and the possibility to use an electronic signature.

The following residence permits are issued in the format of the electronic residence permit (eAT):

  • Residence permit
  • Establishment permit
  • Permission for permanent residence-EC
  • Residence card for third-country nationals of a Union citizen or of a national of an EEA country
  • Permanent residence card for third-country nationals of a Union citizen or of a national of an EEA country
  • Residence permit for Swiss and their third-country nationalfamily members if they choose an eAT

Related Links

  • Information on the electronic residence permit (eAT) in different languages on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)
  • Passport and other documents - depending on the procedures preceding

As the individual case is decisive, the necessary documents should be requested in advance from the competent authority.

Related Links

  • REGULATION (EC) No 1030/2002 OF THE RATES of 13 June 2002
  • REGULATION (EC) No 380/2008 OF THE RATES of 18 April 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002

The introduction of the electronic residence permit (eAT) has an impact on the whole process at the competent body. In any case, a waiting period of four to six weeks is to be expected between the application and delivery of the eAT, as the tickets are produced exclusively at the Bundesdruckerei in Berlin.

Due to the need to store the biometric data on the chip inside the card, two fingerprints will have to be taken from applicant persons (including children and adolescents aged 6 and over). Therefore, a personal preliminary examination is required in all cases - including in the case of existing authorisations - when applying. Longer processing and waiting times at the responsible body is to be expected.

The previous residence permits, which were pasted as a label in the travel documents, remain valid even after the introduction of the eAT, at the most until 31.08.2021. An issue of the eAT before the expiry of the valid residence permit is therefore only provided if there is a legitimate interest in the new issuance.

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