FAQ Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions about Visa Service and residence permit
 

Is the Visa Service open?



When will the Visa Service reopen?



Is the Berlin Immigration Office open and can I go there myself?



I am in Germany, and my residence permit/visa/fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung) will expire in the next six weeks. What do I have to do?



I am in Germany, and I have a temporary residence permit (Aufenthaltsgestattung), temporary leave to remain (Duldung), certificate to cross the border (Grenzübertrittsbescheinigung), a certificate according to section 84, para. 2 of the AufenhaltsG (so-called L 4048 certificate) or passport collection certificate (Passeinzugsbescheinigung). What do I have to do?



I study in Berlin and have a residence permit, but I am currently in my home country. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, I will be staying in my home country longer than planned, which is in the Federal Republic of Germany's best interest (infection protection). Will my residence permit lose its validity after six months?



I study in Berlin and have a valid residence permit. I am currently in my home country. What do I have to do, if my residence permit expires before I want to return to Germany?


 

I have a valid residence permit for the purpose of studies and have successfully completed my studies. I would now like to work. What do I have to do?



 

Is the Visa Service open?

Due to the policies to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Visa Service - along with the entire university - is closed until further notice. However, we will continue to answer your questions via e-mail. ► hu.berlin/orbis-visa-en

 

When will the Visa Service reopen?

Current information regarding our office hours and counselling opportunities will be posted on our websites. hu.berlin/orbis-visa-en
 

Is the Berlin Immigration Office open and can I go there myself?

The Berlin Immigration Office has reopened all its locations starting 04.05.2020. However, only customers who had already registered online will be served. These customers will receive an appointment by e-mail in order to submit their documents. It is still NOT possible to book appointments online! During this period, customers will be served online, in writing or in person at appointments. Personal consultation during the opening hours without an appointment is NOT possible. ► www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.927217.php


In this case, please fill out the online form of the Berlin Immigration Office. Through this registration, the Berlin Immigration Office will send you a certificate and, as soon as the regular business operations have been completely restored, an appointment (for the issuance of a residence permit as an adhesive label in your passport).


I am in Germany, and I have a temporary residence permit (Aufenthaltsgestattung), temporary leave to remain (Duldung), certificate to cross the border (Grenzübertrittsbescheinigung), a certificate according to section 84, para. 2 of the AufenhaltsG (so-called L 4048 certificate) or passport collection certificate (Passeinzugsbescheinigung). What do I have to do?

In this case, please fill out the online form of the Berlin Immigration Office. Through this registration, the Berlin Immigration Office will send you a certificate and, as soon as the regular business operations have been completely restored, an appointment (for the issuance of a residence permit as an adhesive label in your passport).

 

I study in Berlin and have a residence permit, but I am currently in my home country. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, I will be staying in my home country longer than planned, which is in the Federal Republic of Germany's best interest (infection protection). Will my residence permit lose its validity after six months?

The six-month period will be extended until 30 September 2020 for foreigners who exited Germany's federal territory between 18 September 2019 and 17 March 2020 and will not re-enter Germany within six months. This only applies if your residence permit will still be valid on the date of re-entry. General Decree with regard to the German Residency Act (AufenthG): ► Source.

 

I study in Berlin and have a valid residence permit. I am currently in my home country. What do I have to do, if my residence permit expires before I want to return to Germany?

In this case it is necessary to apply anew for a re-entry visa on the basis of the current residence permit. It is not possible to re-enter Germany without a valid visa or a valid residence permit.

Additionally, it is possible to contact department B4.  Your request will be processed as quickly as possible and, if necessary, they will send either a pre-approval or a fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung) to the responsible foreign representation. However, this only applies to departures until 16.06.2020. ► Source.

 

I have a valid residence permit for the purpose of studies and have successfully completed my studies. I would now like to work. What do I have to do?

In this case, there are two possible points of departure:

Either, your residence permit is still valid and thus allows you to work 120 full days or 240 half days in the calendar year. In this case, employment can be taken up.

In order to continue employment after the 120 full days of work have been used, write an e-mail with all necessary documentation to B1@lea.berlin.de (surname A-K) or B2@lea.berlin.de (L-Z). Please note that it is necessary to apply for a residence permit for the purpose of employment. This application must be submitted either by e-mail or by post using this application form.

Or, your residence permit will expire within the next six weeks. In this case, please register here. After registration, you are still permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days in the calendar year ► Source.
 


 

enlightened Please note that these policies from the Berlin Immigration Office only apply to individuals who are registered in Berlin! These provisions could, if applicable, be extended past 31 December 2020 through a new general decree.

Status as of: 31.08.2020


 

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