Procedure descriptions

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Electronic residence title (eAT) - application

As of September 1st, 2011 the residence title is the size of a credit card and it incorporates additional electronic functions. Infants and children also receive their own card. Inside the card, the electronic residence title has a contactless chip. This chip stores

  • Biometric identifiers (photo, two fingerprints for persons aged six and above),
  • Ancillary conditions in relation to the residence title (for example, residency requirements) and
  • Personal data.

The card also functions as an electronic identity card and as a qualified electronic signature. The competent authority can activate or deactivate these functions on request.

The electronic residence title comprises the following residence titles:

  • Residence permit
  • EU Blue Card
  • Settlement permit
  • Permit for permanent residency-EU
  • Residence card for third-country nationals who are family members of nationals of an EU or EEA state
  • Permanent residence card for third-country nationals who are family members of nationals of an EU or EEA state
  • Residence permit for Swiss nationals and their family members from third countries if they opt for an electronic residence title

Tip: You can find all you need to know about the electronic residence title in many languages on the internet page of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Responsible authority

The immigration authorities at the district administration offices and mayors' offices in the large district towns

Prerequisite

The residence title must be valid for at least one month.

Caution: The existing residence title in your passport or passport substitute documents remains valid after the introduction of the electronic residence title but no later than August 31st, 2021. Apply for the electronic residence title in credit-card form in good time before the expiry of your current residence permit or travel document.

Procedure

You must apply for the electronic residence title in person at the competent authority. They will take your fingerprints. Children aged six and above must also have their fingerprints taken.

Required documents

  • Passport or passport substitute documents
  • A biometric photograph
  • Other documents depending on which procedures have already taken place

You should find out in advance from the immigration authorities which documents you will have to present.

Miscellaneous

You can use the electronic residence title in the same way as the new identity card for German citizens. You can find detailed information on the electronic use of the card on the internet page of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Costs/Benefits

  • Issue of a residence permit for up to one year: 100 Euro
  • Issue of a residence permit for more than one year: 110 Euro
  • Extension of the residence permit by up to three months: 65 Euro
  • Extension of the residence permit by more than three months: 80 Euro
  • Settlement permit and permit for permanent residency-EU: 135 Euro
  • Settlement permit for highly qualified persons: 250 Euro
  • Settlement permit for the purpose of self-employment: 200 Euro

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Innenministerium released it on 18.02.2015. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.

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