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You enter your place of residence or the place where you want to contact the administration or use the location sensing.

Enter words here that describe what you are looking for (e.B. cut a tree) or a matter for citizens and companies (e.B. house construction, marriage).
Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Applying for a residence permit to pursue a self-employed activity extension


You are in possession of a residence permit that has been granted to you for a limited period of time for the exercise of a self-employed activity. You can apply for an extension of the residence permit if the conditions required when it was first issued continue to be met. An extension of the residence permit is only possible if the maximum period of 3 years has not yet been exhausted.

The residence permit can only be extended if

  • there is an economic interest or regional need for the activity, and
  • the activity can be expected to have a positive impact on the economy, and
  • the financing of the implementation is secured by equity or by a loan commitment.

Furthermore, the general conditions for granting a residence permit must be met. These are in particular:

  • a secure livelihood
  • a clarified identity
  • Possession of a valid national passport.
  • Valid National Pass
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Lease
  • Current profit calculation by the tax consultant
  • Certificate in tax matters from the competent tax office
  • 1 current biometric photo
  • Please ask the immigration authority responsible for you whether further documents have to be submitted.

Application before the expiry of the current residence permit. An interview 4 to 6 weeks before the previous residence permit expires is recommended.

The residence permit plus any extensions are limited to a maximum period of 3 years.

The processing time depends on the amount of work at the locally responsible immigration office.

  • Contradiction

Detailed information on how to lodge an objection can be found in the decision rejecting your application.

  • Administrative court action.

Please contact the competent immigration authority.

  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

You can only apply for a residence permit in person at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence.

  • You submit the required documents in the original and pay the application fee.
  • The Foreigners' Registration Office checks whether the conditions for grant are met.
  • If necessary, other authorities may be involved.
  • If all requirements are met, the Foreigners' Registration Office will record your biometric data (photo, fingerprints) and order the electronic residence permit (eAT) from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • As soon as the eAT is completed, it will be handed over to you by the Foreigners' Registration Office.

§ 21 paragraph 1, paragraph 3, paragraph 4 sentence 1 act on the residence, gainful employment and integration of foreigners in the Federal territory (Residence Act – AufenthG)

§ 8 paragraph 1 AufenthG

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

District Office Harburg

Fachamt Einwohnerwesen

Harburg Town Hall Square 1

21073 Hamburg, Germany

E-mail: bezirksamt@harburg.hamburg.de

fax: 040 427907600

Phone: +49 40 428713849

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Landkreis Harz - Sachgebiet Ausländerbehörde
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 42
38820 Halberstadt, Stadt
03941 5970-4544
03941 5970-4160
Monday:08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
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