Residence permit in cases of hardship - Extension at the location Berlin Immigration Office, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer

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Current information on this location

Opening hours

7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
By appointment only
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
By appointment only

Changes in opening hours

To further contain the corona infection services will continue to take place in principle only by appointment.

Information for customers with an appointment

We ask for your understanding for the following hygiene precautions:

  • Entering our service building is only permitted with masks of the standards KN95 / N95 or FFP2.
  • We can’t serve you if you are displaying symptoms of infection.
  • Please note: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, access to our office buildings is limited only to customers with personal appointments. We kindly ask you – if possible – to come without accompanying persons to the appointment.

Payment options

You can pay in cash or with a debit card (Girocard) (with PIN) at this location.

Additional information

  • Payments are also possible by credit card (VISA, Mastercard and Maestro).
  • Photo booth and copier (charge) are located at the cashier (house A, first floor).

Residence permit in cases of hardship - Extension

Extension of a temporary residence permit issued by the Senator for the Interior and Sports upon petition by the Berlin Hardship Commission.


  • Possession of a valid temporary residence permit according to Section 23a Residence Act.
  • Conditions for the extension are satisfied (in the individual case)
    Extension of the temporary residence permit may have been made conditional on the satisfaction of certain requirements, e.g. the assurance of subsistence through economic activity, the start of vocational training or certain integration measures.
    The details shall be set out in the letter from the Senate Department for the Interior and Sports, in which the issue of a temporary residence permit pursuant to Section 23a Residence Act is ordered due to hardship.
  • Main residence in Berlin
    Wurde die Aufenthaltserlaubnis durch eine andere Ausländerbehörde erteilt und mit der Auflage versehen, den Wohnsitz im Bereich der anderen Ausländerbehörde zu nehmen, kann die Aufenthaltserlaubnis durch das Landesamt für Einwanderung nicht verlängert werden.
  • A personal interview is required

Documents required

  • Valid passport
  • 1 current biometric photo
    35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background
  • Proof of livelihood (refer to Prerequisites)
    • For Employees: Employment contract, current certificate of employment (not older than 14 days), all salary statements since the granting of the residence permit
    • For self-employed persons: Documents on an income from self-employment
    • Social benefits (also supplementary): Current proofs of receiving benefits according to SGB II or XII or the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, child benefit and so on
  • Proof of efforts to integrate (refer to Prerequisites)
    e.g. current certificate of school attendance or a vocational training, apprenticeship contract, certificates showing participation in the integration course and so on
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin
    • Certificate of registration at the main residence or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
    More on the topic in the section "More information".


  • Adults: 96.00 euros
  • Minors: 46,50 euros
  • Free of charge when presenting current proof of receiving benefits according to SGB II or XII or the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act.
Turkish citizens:
  • From the age of 24 years: 37.00 euros
  • Until the age of 24 years: 22.80 euros

Average time to process request

Around 5–6 weeks
A personal visit four to six weeks before the existing temporary residence title expires is best. If possible you should book an appointment for this.

Responsible authority

This service can only be taken advantage of in the Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung – LEA) at Friedrich-Krause-Ufer.