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Apply for an extension of the residence permit to participate in the Federal Voluntary Service


You can apply for an extension of your residence permit if you want to continue to participate in the Federal Voluntary Service.

In principle, the same requirements must be met for the extension of the residence permit as for the first issue.

The residence permit is extended for the duration of participation in the Federal Voluntary Service, but for a maximum of 18 months in total. In exceptional cases, an extension of up to 24 months is possible if this can be justified within the framework of a special pedagogical concept.

Process flow

  • The residence permit must be applied for before your current residence permit expires.
  • Find out whether your Foreigners' Registration Office allows you to apply online or has a special application form.
  • If the application can only be submitted in person, make an appointment with the Foreigners' Registration Office responsible for your place of residence. If you apply online, please follow the instructions of the Foreigners' Registration Office to make an appointment.
  • During the appointment, your identity and documents will be checked (please bring your original documents with you to the appointment). In addition, your fingerprints and your signature for the electronic residence permit (eAT card) will be recorded.
  • You will receive a message by post that your application has been approved and Bundesdruckerei has been commissioned to produce the eaT card, or that your application has been rejected.
  • You will be informed when you can pick up the eAT card at the Foreigners' Registration Office. Since the eAT card is connected to an online ID function, you have to pick it up in person.

Who should I contact?

The competent authority for processing the application is the Foreigners' Registration Office responsible for the applicant's place of residence.

Which one this is can be determined online here:

https://bamf-navi.bamf.de/de/Themen/Behoerden/

Requirements

The same conditions must be met for the extension of the residence permit as for the first issue of the residence permit, i.e.:

  • You are a citizen of a non-EU or non-EEA country.
  • They are already doing a federal voluntary service, the originally agreed duration of which was limited to less than 24 months.
  • You have agreed with the receiving institution to extend your service and can justify the need if the total duration of your service exceeds 18 months.
  • You can secure your livelihood (including health insurance coverage) for the entire duration of the voluntary service without using public benefits. The subsidisation of the Federal Voluntary Service by the Federal Government is not an obstacle to the granting of a residence permit.  
  • There are no reasons of public safety and order that stand in the way of your stay in Germany. There is no interest in deportation against you.
  • In the case of minors: the consent of the persons entitled to custody of the person to continue the residence has been given.

Which documents are required?

In principle, the renewal of your residence permit requires the submission of the same documents as for the first issue:

  • Recognised and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute)
  • Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
  • Proof of intended further participation in the Federal Voluntary Service (e.g. extended agreement with the provider of the Federal Voluntary Service). In the case of an intended total duration of more than 18 months, the extension must be specifically justified.
  • Proof of securing one's livelihood (e.g. equity, proof of income, blocked account, pension notice, proof of receipt of benefits such as parental or child benefit, alimony payments, declaration of commitment)
  • In the case of minors: Declaration of consent of the legal guardians to continue participation in the Federal Voluntary Service

The documents and information must always be submitted in German. In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or more evidence.

What are the fees?

Fee amount (fixed):

  • 96.00 Euro for a further stay of up to three months
  • 93.00 Euro for a further stay of more than three months

Remarks:

Further fees may apply for the issuance of the residence permit in the form of the electronic residence permit (eAT-Karte), which can also be used as an electronic proof of identity.

The timing and form of fee collection and payment vary depending on the authority.

In certain cases, fee reductions or exemptions may be considered (for example, for persons entitled to asylum or recognised refugees). Lower fees may apply for Turkish nationals.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Application deadline: The residence permit should be applied for at least 6 to 8 weeks before the expiry of your residence permit, which is still valid.

Period of validity: In the case of an extension, the residence permit is again limited in time for the planned duration of the Federal Voluntary Service, usually for a maximum of 18 months. In exceptional cases, the residence permit can be extended for a period of up to 24 months if this can be justified within the framework of a special pedagogical concept.

Processing duration

About 6 to 8 weeks

The processing time may vary depending on the workload of the Foreigners' Registration Office. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for Bundesdruckerei to produce the electronic residence permit.

Applications / forms

Forms Available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: Yes

Appeal

  • Appeal against the decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office within one month of notification
  • Action before the court named in the notice of objection if the objection is not granted
  • 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?

  • There is no entitlement to the extension of the residence permit for participation in the Federal Voluntary Service. It is always a case-by-case decision.
  • The residence permit is only valid for participation in the Federal Voluntary Service. If the purpose of the stay changes, the competent immigration authority must be informed immediately.
  • The procedure is usually conducted in German. If you have insufficient knowledge of German, it is advisable to speak to a person who can act as a translator.
  • All information provided to the Foreigners' Registration Office should be correct and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief so that the request can be processed without major delays.
  • Incorrect or incomplete information can slow down the process and be disadvantageous for those affected. In an emergency, incorrect or incomplete information that is not completed or corrected in time to the Foreigners' Registration Office may result in the withdrawal of residence rights already granted, a fine, imprisonment of up to three years or expulsion from the Federal territory.
  • Due to the complexity of the right of residence, this description is for information purposes only and is not legally binding.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sports

Professionally released on

05.04.2024

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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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