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Applying for an extension of the residence permit for victims of a crime according to §§ 232 to 233a of the Criminal Code
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
You are in possession of a residence permit for victims of a criminal offense according to §§ 232 to 233a StGB (human trafficking). In this case, your residence permit should be extended by the Aliens Department for a further two years if humanitarian or personal reasons or public interests require your continued presence in Germany.
Humanitarian reasons exist, for example, if you no longer have a livelihood in your country of origin or must expect disadvantages, exclusion or retaliatory measures due to your participation in the criminal process.
In principle, you have a right to be granted a residence permit.
You are still entitled to benefits according to SGB II (basic benefits for job seekers) or basic benefits in old age or in case of reduced earning capacity, child benefits.
Family reunification for your spouse and minor child (so-called nuclear family) is only possible for reasons of international law or humanitarian reasons or to protect the political interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. The family members must themselves meet the requirements for admission from abroad for reasons of international law or humanitarian reasons,
The pursuit of gainful employment is not permitted. It can only be permitted by the foreigners authority.
You are obliged to participate in an integration course if you do not have a basic knowledge of German.
As a rule, you must apply for the extension of your residence permit in person - well in advance of the expiry of the validity of your residence permit - at your competent foreigners authority.
Arrange an appointment with your local aliens' registration office. You can also find information about the application process and which documents you need to submit in which form on the respective website of the Foreigners' Registration Office.
If you have applied for an extension in due time (before the expiry of your residence permit), your previous residence is considered permitted until the decision of the Aliens' Registration Office.
If your application is granted, the Foreigners Authority will commission the Federal Printing Office to produce the electronic residence permit (eAT) with a new validity date.
Regarding the duration of the procedure until the residence permit is issued, please inform yourself at the responsible Foreigners' Registration Office.
Who should I contact?
Locally responsible foreigners authority
Locally responsible foreigners authority of your independent town or district
- Presence of a request for extension
- Termination of criminal proceedings
- Humanitarian or personal reasons or public interests must justify the continued presence in the Federal Republic of Germany. There must be no grounds for refusal (no impairment or endangerment of the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany; no deportation order, no interest in deportation according to § 54 Para. 1 No. 2 or 4 AufenthG)
Which documents are required?
- current biometric photo
- previous residence permit
What are the fees?
For the extension of the residence permit of up to three months a fee of 96 euros is due (for minors 48 euros). For the extension of the residence permit of more than three months, a fee of 93 euros is due (for minors 46.50 euros).
Exemption from fees when receiving social benefits
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
The residence permit is extended for two years. In justified individual cases, a longer period of validity is also permissible.
You will usually be informed of the duration of the procedure (about 6 to 8 weeks) when you apply for an extension by the competent foreigners authority.
Note: The residence permit is issued as an electronic residence title
§ 8 para. 1 in conjunction with. § 25 para. 4a AufenthG
§ 4a Residence Act
§ 5 para. 1 no. 3 AufenthG
§ 25 Abs. 4a Satz 1, 3 AufenthG
§ 29 para. 3 AufenthG
§ 44 Residence Act
§ 44a para. 1 sentence 1 no. 1 a) AufenthG
§ 54 para. 1 no. 2, no. 4 AufenthG
§ Section 53 AufenthV
Applications / forms
You will receive the following from your local immigration office
Online procedure possible: no
Personal appearance required: yes
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