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  1. I live in Darmstadt, Hessen but am currently abroad (in my homeland) and cannot travel back to the city at the moment owing to the travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. My temporary residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) in principle lapses if I stay abroad continuously for longer than six months (Section 51 (1 No 7) Residency Act). I left Germany on 20th October, 2019 and my 6 months abroad completed on 20th April, 2020. Since February, 2019 I am trying to reach Ausländerbehörde Darmstadt and they did not answer my query and I have also contacted with local German Embassy, who told me first contact with the Ausländerbehörde Darmstadt and later when I told them that they are not replying, the local German Embassy asked to to wait until the situation gets better, which I do not see any sign. I am outside of Germany it is about 8 months now. Please tell me what should I do? It is most important for me to return to work.
  2. Dear Users,   I hold a German Residence Permit (aufenthaltstitel) which is valid until 2022. Unfortunately before starting of COVID-19 pandemic, I came back to my home-origin and after that due to lock-down I could not return Germany within 6 months. My last date or return was 20th April, before that I had wrote to Auslaenderbehoerde describing my situation and asked for their suggestion. They asked me to contact with the local German Embassy, and the local German Embassy asked me to talk with Auslaenderbehoerde. I wrote a lot lot emails to both of the office, but still the situation is same. Nobody actually give me any solution what should I do now to return Germany.   I read that for the foreigners living inside Germany, the government gave  extension period. Now for cases like mine, where I am outside of Germany, is it also possible having an extension of returning Germany? I need to return to my job really. I need your suggestions.   Kind regards, B.M    
  3. A US-American friend of mine wants to remain in Berlin beyond the length of her EU travel visa, which expires mid-May. According to what I could find out on, "force majeur" (ie "acts of god") are a valid reason for extending a tourist visa; included in that should be 1) flight cancellations due to COVID-19; 2) not wanting to board an airplane during the coronavirus crisis; 3) not wanting to enter a heavily infected New York City (which may already bar her entry by that point anyway). Also according to this page on,  people who are "required to leave" should not apply for a tourist visa extension until two weeks or less of the visa expiration.   Has anyone tried to extend a travel visa since the crisis started? For that matter, has anyone tried to get a residential registration (Wohnanmeldung) since the crisis started? The latter is also theoretically a requirement.
  4. Hi, I am a non-EU citizen with a German work permit and residence permit for 3 years based on a full time work contract with a tech company in Berlin. My company has suggested that, should I wish to, I may take a 6 month unpaid leave during the corona virus crisis. My question is, how will this affect my health insurance? I won't have money to pay rent or groceries, will I be eligible for any help from the government during these 6 months? I am half way through the contract and I have paid into the German social security system for 1.5 years consistently now. I have public health insurance.
  5. After 3.5 amazing years in Berlin my husband and I had decided that we would like to move back to the UK for a multitude of reasons and I've been jobhunting for the last few months. I have a few interviews lined up (video, obviously) and am a bit confused about my options to physically move at the moment with the nightmare that is Coronavirus sweeping across the globe. My main issue is, if I'm offered a job and need to quit my job / hand in notice on my flat - 3 months standard - what happens if we then in three months can't actually physically move as borders are shut? Does anyone know the rights to return to your home country right now? I've heard of people being able to get planes, but we have a dog and the plan was to rent a car or take trains back to the UK. Flying is not an option. Am I wasting time with these applications? Do we just need to wait it out? I've been put on Kurzarbeit, which makes our finances super tight and staying here longer is really not ideal. Obviously it's a crisis though, so we've got to roll with the punches... Appreciate any insights or even just educated guesses!
  6. Hi all, started this topic to collect all the good stuff we can do while being at home during Corona virus time. It can be stuff which helps us to educate (sth besides Ted talks), or also free entertainment offerings. Please do not post pictures of funny toilet paper jokes. Think we have seen them all by now. I am starting with this here: 450 Ivy League courses you can take online rught now for free Would be cool if you can post more free stuff here. Greets