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Applying for a residence permit for urgent humanitarian or personal reasons

They are seeking a temporary stay in Germany, for example for the temporary care of a seriously ill family member, for the provision of urgently needed medical treatment or the completion of vocational training. They are staying in Germany and are not obliged to leave the country.

In this case, you can be granted a residence permit by the Foreigners' Registration Office as long as urgent humanitarian or personal reasons or significant public interests require your temporary presence in Germany.

The residence permit does not entitle you to pursue gainful employment. It can be approved by the Foreigners' Registration Office upon request.

A residence requirement may be issued to you.

They are entitled to benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act.

Family reunification is excluded.

You are not entitled to participate in an integration course. You can only be admitted to participate within the framework of available course places.

Process flow

As a rule, you have to apply for your residence permit in person.

  • Make an appointment with the local immigration office. You can also find out about the application process and which documents you need to submit and in what form on the respective website of the Ausländerbörde.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken during your appointment.

If your application is granted, the Foreigners' Registration Office will instruct Bundesdruckerei to produce the electronic residence permit. The residence permit is in the form of a credit card with additional electronic functions.

With regard to the duration of the procedure until the residence permit is issued, please contact the competent immigration office.

Who should I contact?

Locally competent immigration authority


  • Existence of an application for a residence permit
  • Non-enforceable foreigner obliged to leave the country
  • Urgent humanitarian or personal reasons or significant public interests must require temporary presence in the federal territory
  • Fulfilment of the general conditions for grant
  • There must be no grounds for refusal (no interest in expulsion, no entry and residence ban)

Which documents are required?

  • up-to-date biometric photo
  • Proof of identity, e.g. passport, ID card, birth certificate, marriage certificate, if available; Citizenship certificate
  • If applicable, employment contract or binding job offer
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Lease

What are the fees?

Fee for obtaining the residence permit: 100 euros

For minors: 50 euros

Exemption from fees for the receipt of social benefits

Fee: 100,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

Fee: 50,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Validity of the residence permit:

  • a maximum of 6 months if you have not yet been legally resident in Germany for at least 18 months (continuously)
  • up to three years if you have already resided legally in Germany for more than 18 months.

Processing duration

As a rule, when you apply for a residence permit, you will be informed of the duration of the procedure by the competent immigration authority (about 6 to 8 weeks).

Note: The residence permit is issued as an electronic residence permit.

Legal basis

§ 5 Residence Act

Section 25 (4) sentence 1 of the Residence Act

§ 12 Residence Act

Section 29 (3) of the Residence Act

§ 44 Residence Act

§ 78 Residence Act

§ 78a Residence Act

§ 45 Residence Ordinance

§ 53 Residence Ordinance

§ 1 AsylbLG

Residence Act

Residence Ordinance

Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act

Applications / forms

Obtain from your local immigration office

Online procedure possible: no

Personal appearance required: yes


An action 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 negative decision.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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