The German government has launched an online application process for Ukrainian refugees applying for residence permits.

Key Points:

  • Ukrainian refugees can now submit their residence permit applications online through this portal.
  • Such individuals are still required to appear in-person at a local immigration office to complete the identity check and submit their biometric data. Applicants will receive an invitation for an appointment through the online portal.
  • As of April 27, the online application is available to those applying in the districts and municipalities listed here.

Additional information: The online application is part of a pilot program that includes more than 50 immigration offices from ten federal states. More information regarding the pilot program is available here.

BAL Analysis: The German government continues to consider other immigration concessions for Ukrainian nationals and their family members. Employers and employees are reminded that actions taken as a result of the war in Ukraine may change with little or no notice.

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