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

  • Please pay attention to the current information on our website.

  • Due to the corona pandemic, we have had to switch our operation largely to online and written procedures in the last few months. From 7th September onwards Berlin Immigration Office will re-open for regular customer appointments. For reasons of protection against infection our primary focus remains on service by appointment.

  • Please understand that, in order to protect against infection, we can’t serve you if you do not wear a mouth-nose covering or are displaying symptoms of infection.

Opening hours

07:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
07:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
By appointment only
09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
By appointment only

Information for customers with an appointment

Please pay attention to the current information on our website.

Payment options

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

Additional information

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
    The Berlin Immigration Office shall not be able to extend the temporary residence permit if it was issued by another foreigners office upon condition that the person take up residence within the jurisdiction of that foreigners office.
  • 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)
    All documents must be submitted in original:
    • 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
  • Turkish citizens: 28.80 euros
Free of charge when presenting current proof of receiving benefits according to SGB II or XII or the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act.

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.