Germany: Implementation delayed for improvements to processing for certain foreign nationals

What does the change mean? Until German embassies are able to access the information regarding whether a preapproval from the Foreigners’ Office is required due to a previous stay in Germany or measures of terminations were executed, the preapproval of the Foreigners’ Office remains required in all cases, even where the Foreigners’ Offices do not provide feedback within 10 days of submission of the data from the embassy.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: German D entry visa applications where the employee previously resided in Germany.
  • Who is affected: Non-EEA nationals and accompanying family members.
  • Impact on processing times: The intended improvements in processing times have not occurred, as the embassies are unable to approve applications without preapproval from the responsible Foreigners’ Office.
  • Business impact: Employers and individuals should expect timelines to remain the same until the rule is implemented.
  • Next steps: Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with the Ministry of the Interior to coordinate their systems so the rule may be implemented.