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Applying for a residence permit to participate in the European Voluntary Service

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.

Process flow

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Which documents are required?

  • 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.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Duration: 6 weeks to 8 weeks

Remark (for more information on the deadline):

At the latest 8 weeks before the expiry of your still valid visa or before the start of your voluntary service, the application should be received by the Foreigners' Registration Office.

Period of validity: maximum 1 year

Remark (for more information on the deadline):

The residence permit is issued for a maximum of 1 year.

Processing duration

The duration of the application process depends on the local conditions as well as on the factual accuracy of the information in the application as well as the completeness of the application documents.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: Yes

Appeal

  • Appeal against the decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office
  • Action before the court referred to in the notice of opposition if the opposition is not complied with

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Sicherheit und Ordnung

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Ausländerbehörde
Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.