Temporary Residence with a Residence Permit on Grounds of International Law, Humanitarian or Political Reasons

There are a variety of reasons for right of residence on grounds of international law, humanitarian or political reasons. These involve individual decisions.

Conditions

Please contact your Foreigner's Registration Office regarding information about the corresponding requirements and necessary documents. Granting a foreigner residence on grounds of international law, humanitarian or political reasons is mainly considered in the following cases:

  • A residence permit is granted to a foreigner if the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has determined that the individual is entitled to political asylum or been granted refugee status.
  • A residence permit should be granted in the case of non-refoulement that is independent on the asylum situation and refers to the country of destination.
  • A temporary residence permit may be granted under certain circumstances if there are obstacles preventing the individual leaving the country.
  • The supreme regional authority may prescribe that foreigners from certain countries or otherwise certain groups of foreigners are granted a residence permit on grounds of international law or humanitarian reasons or to uphold the political interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. These are so-called right of residence provisions.
  • If the Hardship Commission lodges a request (hardship petition), the supreme regional authority may prescribe that foreigners who are legally obliged to leave the country are granted a residence permit, contrary to the conditions for granting and extending a right of residence laid down in this legislation.
  • A foreigner may be granted a residence permit for admission from abroad on grounds of international law or urgent humanitarian reasons if the Federal Ministry of the Interior or a body designated by it has declared that the foreigner should be admitted to uphold political interests.
  • Even if foreigners have been victims of crime in accordance with §§ 232, 233 or 233a of the Criminal Code (human trafficking) and they should testify as a witness in a trial, they may generally be granted a residence permit for six months.
  • Young people or adolescents well integrated into society may be granted a residence permit under certain conditions provided that they can integrate into the living condition in the Federal Republic of Germany due to their previous education and living conditions.

Documents

Residence on grounds of international law, humanitarian or political reasons are individual decisions. Please contact your Foreigners' Registration Office regarding information about the necessary documents.

Further information


ATTENTION! A residence permit will expire if

  • the foreigner leaves the country for a reason that is by its very nature not temporary
  • the foreigner leaves the country and does not return within six months or within the period defined by the Foreigners' Registration Office.

Exceptions to this are possible. Therefore, please always contact your Foreigners' Registration Office in good time in specific individual cases.


Legal bases

The legal bases for the granting of a residence permit are based on §§ 22 et seq. of the German Residence Act.