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Apply for a travel document (passport replacement) for foreigners from non-EU countries

Description

Every foreigner must have a recognized and valid passport or passport replacement. If you are not in possession of a passport or passport replacement, you must therefore endeavour to obtain such a document from the diplomatic mission of your country of origin.

The travel document for foreigners is a German passport replacement document, which can be issued alternatively in special exceptional cases.

You can apply for a travel document for foreigners if you come from a non-EU country, do not have a passport or passport replacement from your home country and cannot obtain such a document in a reasonable way.

As a rule, the following shall be deemed reasonable:

  • to apply for the reissue or renewal of a passport or passport replacement in good time before the expiry of the validity of your passport in your home country and to participate in the official procedure, and
  • pay the fees set out in the country of origin.

It would not be reasonable, for example, if you enjoy asylum in Germany as a politically persecuted person and therefore cannot visit the embassy of your country of origin. High costs for obtaining a passport in the country of origin do not make the procurement of passports unreasonable in principle.

When applying for a travel document for foreigners, you should be able to provide evidence of your previous efforts to obtain a passport.

In the case of only temporary passportlessness, the issuance of a travel document for foreigners is only considered if compelling reasons require it.

In addition to the unreasonableness of obtaining a passport, another prerequisite is that

  • Your residence in Germany is lawful, i.e. You are either already in possession of a residence permit (residence permit, settlement permit, permit for permanent residenceEC) or should receive it together with the travel document.
  • They should be able to leave Germany for good time.
  • you are in the asylum procedure and
    • there is an urgent public interest in issuing the travel document, or
    • compelling reasons require the issuance of the travel document, or
    • the refusal of the travel document would constitute an undue hardship

and the implementation of the asylum procedure is not jeopardised.

The Foreigners' Registration Office may stipulate that the travel document should only be valid for certain states or continents.

If the country of origin refuses to issue a passport or passport replacement for reasons that also exist in German passport law, no travel document can be issued.

  • Find out whether your immigration office makes it possible to apply online or provides a special application form.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In the case of online applications, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your application to make an appointment.
  • During the appointment, your identity and your documents will be checked (please bring your documents, if possible in the original, to the appointment).

When the travel document for foreigners has been completed, you will receive information and can pick up the card at the competent office. If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection notice.

Responsible for issuing the travel document

  • in Germany: the immigration authority responsible for the place of residence of the applicant
  • abroad: the missions abroad
  • You are a national of a non-EU country.
  • You do not have a passport or passport replacement of your country of origin.
  • You can prove that it is not possible for you to obtain a passport or passport replacement from your country of origin with reasonable effort.
  • You meet one of the following requirements:
    • You are either in possession of a residence permit (residence permit, settlement permit, EC permanent residence permit) or should receive it together with the travel document.
    • The travel document is intended to enable them to leave The Federal Territory for good.

You are in the asylum procedure and there is an urgent public interest in the issuance of the travel document, compelling reasons require it or it would mean unreasonable hardship if the travel document is not issued to you, and your asylum procedure is not jeopardized by the issuance of the travel document.

  • Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
  • Proof of identity and nationality (e.g. expired travel documents, deeds or affidavits)
  • Current residence permit, travel document or current residence permit, if available

In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or more evidence.

Cost:

  • From the age of 24: 100,00
  • Up to the age of 24: 97.00
  • Temporary travel document for foreigners: 67,00
  • Travel document without storage medium for foreigners up to the age of 12: 14.00
  • Extension of a temporary travel document for foreigners: 20,00

Remark:

The issuance of travel documents is always subject to a fee (even when receiving social benefits).

The fee must also be paid in full if the application for the issuance of the travel document is rejected.

At the latest 8 before the travel document is required, the application should be received by the Foreigners' Registration Office.

Duration (for fixed time): maximum 10

Remark:

The period of validity of the travel document for foreigners is linked to the validity of the residence document. The maximum validity period is:

  • for children under 12 years: six years, at the latest until the age of 12
  • for persons between 12 and 24 years old at the time of issue: six years
  • for persons who are 24 years or older at the time of issue: 10 years

Temporary travel documents are issued with a validity period of up to one year. In individual cases (for example, if the travel document is issued for the final departure from Germany), the validity is usually limited to a maximum of one month.

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Further information on the processing time:

The production of the travel document by Bundesdruckerei takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Appeal against the decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office
  • Action before the court referred to in the notice of opposition if the opposition is not complied with

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: Yes

  • There is no entitlement to the issuance of a travel document for foreigners. It is always a case-by-case decision.
  • Travel documents for foreigners contain the following visible information: issuing authority, date of issue, period of validity, serial number, personal data of the identity card holder (surname and, if applicable, birth name, first name, doctoral degree, day and place of birth, gender, height, color of eyes, place of residence, nationality, photograph and signature).
  • Travel documents for foreigners are usually issued with biometric features, i.e. with an electronic storage and processing medium (exception: temporary travel documents and travel documents for children up to the age of twelve).
  • After the expiry of the validity of travel documents issued with biometric characteristics, a new travel document must be issued. Temporary travel documents can be extended under certain conditions.
  • Processing mediums are not renewable.
  • Recognised refugees and stateless persons can also obtain a travel document.

An emergency travel document can be issued to nationals of the countries of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as Switzerland.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg

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