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The Impact Of The CORONA CRISIS On Immigration To Germany

Due to the novel Coronavirus, the EU member states, and Germany

have issued a number of protective measures:


  • Touristic Travel within and acrossthe Schengen borders shall be omitted. The Schengen countries thus

    restricted travel within

    and at the outer borders to necessary border crossings for the next

    30 days:

  • Touristic travel is no longerpermitted
  • Professional travel for the deliveryof goods and services will still be possible.
  • EU nationals, nationals of EFTAcountries and Swiss or UK nationals as well as their family members

    may enter the Schengen Area in order to travel to their home


  • Individuals that hold an EU / EFTA /UK / Swiss national visa or residence/settlement permit may cross

    the borders in order to return to the country that issued the


  • German missions abroad are known tocancel visa appointments for Schengen Visa as no travel on the

    basis of Schengen visa will be allowed within the next 30


  • German missions abroad are continuingto issue national visa for employment and family reunion until

    further notice.

  • We have received no information sofar whether Schengen visa with a work permit will allow entering

    the Schengen Area. If your employees need to travel urgently on the

    basis of a Schengen visa with work permit, you may try providing

    them with a letter on company letterhead confirming the necessary

    nature of this travel.

  • Individuals showing signs ofinfection may be rejected at the border.
  • Hotels and boardinghouses in Germanymust not provide accommodation for tourism purposes. We thus

    recommend that

    employers provide their foreign personnel with a document on a

    company letterhead confirming that their need for

    accommodation is strictly job-related if they are currently staying

    in a hotel or boardinghouse.


Schengen Visa can be extended in case of force majeure. The

current corona crisis can be regarded as such. However, many German

immigration offices are currently unavailable. The German Federal

Government is already working to advise on a solution for this

particular problem. Foreign nationals who require to extend their

existing Schengen Visa will need to contact their immigration

service provider for further guidance.


National permits are by law automatically extended for a

preliminary period once an application has been logged before the

validity runs out. This legal automatism does not require a

preliminary permit (Fiktionsbescheinigung) to be issued. Obtaining

evidence that the application has been logged is recommended best

practice. Many authorities currently do not receive applications by

personal appearance of the applicant but can still be reached by

telefax or other suitable technology creating a log report Please

contact us for support.


The services of the Labor Authority are still in operation.

German missions abroad have limited their service but will still

issue visa for employment. Applications related to the delivery of

essential services (health related, travel required to ensure basic

services such as food, basic infrastructure, etc.) will be

prioritized. Please flag applications accordingly if they fall into

this category.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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