Residence Permit

Delivery of the "Electronic Residence Permit" Card

If you present all necessary application documents for your residence permit in the Hamburg Welcome Center (HWC), the application will be approved and a plastic card "Electronic Residence Permit" will be ordered. The delivery time for this card is 3-4 weeks. You will receive a letter by mail informing you that the card can be picked up at the HWC.
Please note that the residence card does not replace the passport as an identity document, but must always be presented together with the passport.

image source: Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF)

Validity and Extension

The residence permit is issued for a limited period, usually until the end of your current work contract. In case of an extension of stay, you will have to apply for a new card.
A new passport also makes it necessary to replace the residence permit card, because the card includes the passport details.

EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card is the residence title for “highly qualified workers”, it offers some advantages over the usual residence permit. In particular, it is always issued for three months longer than the work contract; already after 33 months, the holder of an EU Blue Card can apply for an unlimited residence permit; with good knowledge of German, after 21 months even.

You qualify for the Blue Card, if you have an employment contract in Germany with an income above a certain level, and a higher education degree (diploma) that has been evaluated "equivalent" to a German one. For application details please contact the International Office!