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Germany’s Federal Ministry of Interior has decided to extend the permitted period of stay for holders of expired/expiring Schengen visas, unable to leave Germany due to the Coronavirus pandemic, until September 30.

The decision has been taken on June 17, when the Federal Council supported an Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for the extension of the temporary exemption from holders of expiring Schengen visas and for the temporary exemption for transit for the purpose of leaving the Schengen area from the requirement of a residence permit due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

On the basis of Section 99 (1) number 1 of the Residence Act, the Council backed the Ordinance that regulates the extension of the temporary exemption from the requirement of a residence permit for holders of Schengen visas in the federal territory and the temporary exemption from the requirement of a residence permit for transit through the federal territory for the purpose of leaving the Schengen Area.

Foreigners who were in the federal territory on March 17, 2020, with a valid Schengen visa or who entered the federal territory after March 17, 2020, and until this Ordinance came into force with a valid Schengen visa and who residing in the federal territory on June 30, 2020, are exempt from the requirement of a residence permit from July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020,” the Ordinance reads.

The first Ordinance of the Ministry, approved in March, had extended the validity of Schengen visas until the end of June. The second Ordinance has been approved due to the ongoing pandemic, and an increase of infection rates in third-countries.

However, this time, the Ministry has decided to permit these persons, exempt from the requirement of a residence permit, to pursue gainful employment to which their Schengen visa has been entitled until September 30 2020.

This also includes employment that is not considered employment within the meaning of the Residence Act,” the Ordinance explains.

Whereas, per those wishing to enter the federal territory of Germany from another Schengen state, they can do so per a maximum stay of three days, if they were allowed to stay in the other Schengen state from which they are allowed to enter Germany. This measure well applies until September 30, 2020.

This Ordinance has entered into force on the day after the announcement. It will expire on September 30, 2020.