The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis is still dominating the headlines and setting the global agenda. Measures such as the travel ban to Germany have created major disruption and they have arisen due to COVID-19. Travel restrictions globally have led to serious problems for people around the world and the expiration of EU Blue Cards and German Residence Permits during this time is just one of these problems. At Schlun & Elseven Attorneys we have been in contact with German residence permit and EU Blue Card holders who have found themselves in  this difficult situation.

In this article we will examine how one should act when their German residence permit is expiring. This topic is especially important for those people whose residence permit or EU Blue Card is expiring and they find themselves outside of Germany at this moment. Knowing what to do in this situation and having a reliable German legal partner can help your peace of mind. Contact us directly using the form below if you want specialised legal assistance.

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Expiration of EU Blue Card / Residence Permit: What Should I do?

Should you be faced with the possibility of the expiration of an EU Blue Card or other residence permit it is vital to know how to proceed. If you are currently in Germany it is recommended to file for an extension of the residence permit at your local immigration office. This action should be completed before the current permit expires! It is of major importance that the application to extend the residence permit is performed before its expiration date.

As there are major disruptions in place at the moment those applying may be worried that they will not be given an extension to their residence permit before its expiration. However, a provisional extension can be granted under § 81 (4) German Residence Act. This provisional extension allows the residence permit holder to remain under their current residence permit until a decision has been made by the immigration authorities. Making such an application will ensure that the holder can legally remain in Germany until the current situation subsides allowing for the application of a further residence permit.


What Should I do if not Currently in Germany?

For German residence permit holders currently located outside of Germany it is still possible to apply for that provisional extension. This applies in cases concerning the expiration of the EU Blue Card as well as other forms of German residence permits. In this case the extension can be applied for by email or letter. Proving that the immigration authority received your application is of great importance in this matter. At Schlun & Elseven our immigration specialists can provide the necessary assistance to ensure that your application for a provisional extension of the EU Blue Card will be successful.


German Residence Permits and the EU Blue Card

A residence permit is required by non-EU / EEA citizens to live and work in Germany. The residence permit is linked to the reason why the person finds themselves in Germany whether that is for work or study reasons.

The EU Blue Card is a popular form of residence permit that is available to professionals who earn over a certain amount each year. For most professionals in 2020 the amount necessary to earn is a minimum of €55,200 for most positions but in the case of in-demand jobs it is €43,056. These in-demand or “shortage” jobs are those in the field of information technology and communications, engineering and medicine.


Expiration of EU Blue Card / Residence Permit: Impact of Expiration

Allowing a residence permit to expire can leave a person open to serious consequences. Overstaying a visa can result in deportation orders and not being allowed return to Germany for a length of time. This is especially important for those people applying from outside of Germany. Applying after the residence permit has expired can be costly and time-consuming.

Applying for an extension of a residence permit can be stressful. This is especially the case when it comes to ensuring that deadlines are met and the correct paperwork requirements are fulfilled. Incorrect document submission can result in an application for a new residence permit facing rejection. At Schlun & Elseven Attorneys, our immigration attorneys will take care of your application! We can take care of the entire process or guide you through the application to ensure that there will be a successful conclusion.


German Law Firm: Providing Support during COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis

This is a stressful time for many people and the problems some individuals and companies are facing are truly unprecedented. We are fully aware that for some of our clients submitting applications for residence permit extensions is the last thing they need to contend with.

At Schlun & Elseven Attorneys our immigration lawyers are highly experienced when it comes to working with the German immigration authorities. We will look after the application requirements to ensure that you can be provided with a provisional residence permit until we can act further to ensure that your residence permit can be extended further. The main thing to remember is that the application needs to be made before the expiration of the current Blue Card / residence permit.

At Schlun & Elseven we are a multidisciplinary and multilingual law firm with offices in Cologne, Aachen and Düsseldorf. From our conference rooms in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich we are able to meet our clients all over Europe. However, during the current COVID-19 coronavirus crisis we are conducting our business through email and phone as well as through video conferencing facilities.

Our legal team will remain active and available for our clients throughout the duration of this crisis. For more information as to how we can help you on issues around the expiration of an EU Blue Card or residence permit please make sure to contact our firm directly. Our lawyers will provide you with clear guidance to resolve any immigration law problems you may be facing.

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