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Applying for a Mobile ICT Card Renewal


You can renew a Mobile ICT card if you want to continue your work as a manager, specialist or trainee in a German branch of your company.

In principle, the same requirements must be met for the renewal as when the Mobile ICT card was first issued, in particular that you can secure your livelihood and health insurance cover without using public benefits.

In principle, the Mobile ICT card is issued for the duration of the intra-company transfer. However, the total stay in Germany may not exceed three years for executives and specialists and one year for trainees. At the same time, the planned stay in Germany must not be longer than the stay in the EU member state that issued you the residence permit for the purpose of intra-company transfer.

As a rule, the Federal Employment Agency must approve the continued exercise of employment. Consent is obtained from the Foreigners' Registration Office.

Process flow

  • Find out whether your Foreigners' Registration Office allows you to apply online or whether you have a special application form.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In the case of an online application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receiving your application to make an appointment.
  • During the appointment, your identity and documents will be checked (please bring your documents, preferably in the original, to the appointment).  
  • If your application is granted, your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the Mobile ICT Card (issued in the form of a new electronic residence permit, or eAT card for short). The Foreigners' Registration Office commissions the production of the Mobile ICT card from the Federal Printing Office. After completion, you will receive information and can pick up the card from the responsible office. The pick-up must always be done in person.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection notice.

Who should I contact?

The immigration authority responsible for the place of residence of the applicant is responsible for processing the application.

Requirements

In principle, you must meet the same requirements for the renewal of your Mobile ICT card as when you first issued it, i.e.:

  • You have a recognised and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute).
  • You are in possession of a residence permit issued by another Member State for the purpose of intra-company transfer, valid for the entire duration of the procedure.
  • Your company or Your group of companies is headquartered outside Germany and would like to continue to employ you as a manager, specialist or trainee in a branch in Germany.
  • The transfer will take more than 90 days in total, but shorter than your stay in another EU Member State.
  • You will be able to present an employment contract valid for the duration of the transfer and, if necessary, a letter of secondment.
  • The Federal Employment Agency has approved the exercise of the employment (the consent is obtained by the Foreigners' Registration Office) or there is an exemption from the consent requirement for the desired activity.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance coverage from your income without using public benefits.
  • The conditions under which you will work in the future are comparable to those of German employees.
  • Their wages are equivalent to those of German employees.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or impair the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Which documents are required?

In principle, the renewal of your Mobile ICT card requires the submission of the same documents as when it was first issued:

  • Recognised and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute)
  • Recent biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
  • Residence permit issued by another Member State for intra-company transfer (recognisable by the abbreviation "ICT")
  • Proof of qualifications (e.g. university certificate, certificate of completed vocational training) and your professional experience (e.g. job references)
  • Employment contract or letter of secondment from the employer, if required
  • Form "Declaration of Employment" (to be completed in full by the employer)
  • Proof of securing your livelihood (e.g. equity, blocked account, declaration of commitment)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • Current Certificate of Registration

The documents and information must always be submitted in German.

In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or more proof.

What are the fees?

Fee: 70 Euro

Remark:

Additional fees may apply for the issuance of the Mobile ICT card in the form of the electronic residence permit.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Period of Validity: 1 - 3 Years
The application should be received by the Foreigners' Registration Office no later than 8 before the expiry of your current Mobile ICT card. The Mobile ICT card is issued for the duration of the intra-company transfer. However, the stay may not exceed three years for executives and specialists and one year for trainees. The extension is excluded if the maximum duration of the transfer has been reached. The Mobile ICT card can be reapplied for if there is a period of at least six months between the end of the transfer and the new application. Objection period: 1 month

Processing duration

Duration: approx. 8 weeks

Note for more information on processing time:

It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the Federal Printing Office to produce the electronic residence permit.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: Yes

Appeal

  • An appeal against a negative decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office can be brought before the competent administrative court.
  • A preliminary procedure (opposition) does not take place in Lower Saxony.
  • Detailed information can be found in the rejection notice.

What else should I know?

  • The MobilerICT card will not be issued if the foreign person will stay longer in Germany than in other EU member states as part of the intra-company transfer.
  • The ICT card is issued in all EU member states except Denmark, Great Britain and Ireland. It is therefore not possible to enter these countries with an ICT card

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sports

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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