Declaration of commitment in accordance with the Residence Act

A declaration of commitment serves to cover the costs of a foreigner's livelihood in order to enable him to stay in Germany.

With the submission of a declaration of commitment, the costs of a foreigner's livelihood are covered in order to help him to stay in Germany, provided that he himself does not have sufficient resources. When the obligation arises, all public funds spent on his subsistence must be reimbursed, including the provision of housing and care in the event of illness and long-term care.

The debtor may be a natural person or a legal person.

The declaration of commitment does not constitute an obligation towards the invited foreigner. Rather, the declaration of commitment allows state authorities to make financial use of you (as the guarantor) if the foreigner's stay incurs costs that do not originate from social security contributions (for example, social assistance costs, but not pension or unemployment benefit if the foreigner has paid contributions for it).

  • proof of identity,
  • Proof of income.


The declaration of commitment is also used for submission to German missions abroad to apply for a visa.

Further information can also be found on the website of the State Office for Immigration and Refugees.


  • District foreigner authorities of Schleswig-Holstein
  • State Office for Immigration and Refugees
  • § 68 Act on the Residence, Employment and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory (Residence Act - AufenthG),
  • § 47 Para. 1 No. 12 Residence Ordinance (AufenthV).

Related Links

  • § 68 AufenthG - Liability for subsistence
  • § 47 AufenthV - Fees for other official acts under residence law

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