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Visa for Re-entry into Germany

19.12.2023 - Article

If you would like to re-enter Germany after having had a residence permit (not visa!) you can apply for a visa for re-entry

General Information

The official website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

Re-entry into Germany visa can be applied for in the following situations:

  • You lost your passport which contains a German residence permit. In this case you first have to get a new passport.
  • Your German electronic residence permit (separate plastic ID card) is lost
  • Your German residence permit expired.

Please note: If you still have your valid German residence permit either as a separate plastic ID or in an expired passport, you do not need a visa. You can enter Germany with your German residence permit (in the expired passport or as a separate plastic ID) in combination with a valid/new passport.

Required Documents

Compile the required documents according to the purpose of your stay by using the following checklists:

Visa for re-entry into Germany

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow six weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad). Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.

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