Extension of a Schengen Visa
An extension of a Schengen Visa is only possible in certain cases. Which ones these are depends on the category of the visa.
Extension of stay in the Schengen area
General checklist for a request for extension
Extension of a Short-Term Schengen Visa (C)
Force majeure, humanitarian or serious personal reasons that prevent timely departure.
Example of force majeure: Air traffic is cancelled due to bad weather or a strike.Example of humanitarian reasons: Due to illness, you are incapacitated for travel or a serious event of a close family member makes departure intolerable.
Example of serious personal reasons: There are urgent professional reasons that were unforeseeable before entering the country.
Due to a later entry, the Schengen visa could not be fully utilized. The visa can be extended to the extent that you can spend 90 days in the Schengen area.
The conversion into a long-term permission to stay is not provided for and therefore only possible if:
- there is a legal entitlement to a residence permit under the residence law of the respective country.
- this legal claim came into effect only after entry into the respective Schengen state.
Free of cost in case of:
– force majeure
– humanitarian reasons
30 EUR in case of:– serious personal reasons
– late entry
60 EUR for adults
30 EUR for minors
Extension of a National Schengen Visa (D)
Possible reasons for the issuance of a residence permit:
- Humanitarian reasons
- Study, education or research
- Employment or self-employment, or stay as an Au Pair
- Job search for professional specialists
Anyone who can demonstrate sufficient grounds for long-term residence (see above)
Anyone who can prove sufficient reasons for a long-term stay (see above)
Less stringent requirements need to be met and the reasons for granting are manifold.
An unlimited residence permit can only be acquired after five years (provided that all conditions are met).
Depending on the country and the reason of stay
EU Blue Card
Professionals with completed and recognized university study
- An employment contract or a binding job offer is present.
- The minimum salary requirement is met. The prescribed amount varies depending on the country and occupational group.
The deadline for obtaining an unlimited residence permit is shortened (33 months, with sufficient language skills even starting at 21 months)
Depends on the country
Permanent Residence Permit
Permanent residence in the EU:
Temporally and spatially unlimited right to permanent residence in the entire EU area. The conditions are similar to the settlement permit, but more stringent.
Possible reasons for the issuance of a residence permit:Temporally and spatially unlimited right to permanent residence. Prerequisites are a secure livelihood, sufficient living space, possession of a residence permit for five years, no criminal liability or conviction, and sufficient knowledge of the national language and society.