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Month: June 2020

Provisional residence permits being issued by France
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Provisional residence permits being issued by France

To make their stay legal, France will now issue provisional residence permits to travellers that remain in France but are not able to leave the country due to travel restrictions imposed across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the latest update on COVID-19 related information, the French Diplomatic websites of consulates overseas have provided further details on “Extension of expired visas and residence permits”, both for those that “are stranded out of France” as well as those in France who “cannot return” to their country of origin. For those stranded outside France The validity of French long-stay visas, residence permits, and receipts for applications for the renewal of permits expiring between March 16 and May 15, 2020, had been extended for 3 months. Those...
Temporary support for small and medium businesses, Germany
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Temporary support for small and medium businesses, Germany

On Friday, the Cabinet agreed on the cornerstones of a federal programme entitled "Temporary support for small and medium businesses that have had to shut down to a significant extent or in full as a result of the coronavirus crisis".  Who can apply? Small and medium businesses and organisations from every sector of the economy, provided they are not eligible from support from the Economic Stabilisation Fund, one-person self-employed outfits, full-time freelancers in liberal professions, non-profit businesses and organisations that are permanently active on the market. What preconditions must be met before an application can be lodged? Business operations must have had to shut down completely or to a significant extent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. How ...
Temporary restriction of non-essential entry into the EU extended until 30 June 2020, Germany
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Temporary restriction of non-essential entry into the EU extended until 30 June 2020, Germany

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the European Commission has recommended that the travel restrictions already in place for all non-essential travel to the EU from third countries be extended until 30 June 2020. Germany will implement this recommendation. The following persons shall continue to be exempt from these travel restrictions: Nationals from EU countries, countries associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the UK, and their respective family members returning to their place of residenceThird-country nationals with a long-term right of residence in an EU Member State and/or the countries mentioned above (residence permit or long-term visa, e.g. for study or work purposes), provided tha...
Expiring visas and residence permits in Germany?
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Expiring visas and residence permits in Germany?

Due to COVID-19, many people are stuck in Germany with visas and residence permits close to expiry. Immigration offices have limited their services and it can be quite difficult to get an appointment and extend visas and residence permits. However, considering the pandemic situation, Germany has the following facilitations in place for expiring visas and residence permits. National visa (D visa) Citizens whose national visa (D visa) is about to expire should submit an application for an extension to the relevant immigration office by email before expiry. Until the decision of the immigration office has been made, the residence will remain legal. Personal details (surname, maiden name, first name, spelling of the names, date of birth, place and district of birth, gender, na...
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