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Germany VISAIn a bid to help those stranded in the country, the Berlin Immigration Office has published a Q&A with the most commonly asked questions to them in the recent days, regarding the Coronavirus, visas and residence permits.

The office has, among others, explained what people who arrived in Germany on a Schengen visa for visiting or business purposes who cannot leave due to current situation, while their visa is about to expire.

According to the BIO, the decree they issued on March 24, 2020, explains that certain internationals will be granted an prolonged three-month period in which they can stay in Germany without the need to undertake anything.

If your Schengen visa expires between March 18, 2020, and June 17, 2020, then a three-month extension of the deadline for leaving Germany will be granted automatically. The three-month extension commences on the date of expiry of your visa. This applies on the condition that at the time of expiry you are indeed in Berlin and will remain here until you leave Germany,” they explain, asking for travellers to stay in contact with the embassy of their home country located in Germany,

As per non-EU nationals who have entered Germany for tourism or business with an EU residence permit granted by another Member State, these persons can still go back to their place of residence despite the travel restrictions.

Berlin Immigration Office also asks nationals of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand or the United States of America who are in Berlin amid the pandemic and want to apply for a residence permit to not seek an appointment at the time.

The office claims they have been forced to reduce their services considerably in order to protect both customers and staff and therefore cannot currently offer such services.

Should you wish to apply for a residency permit, you may do so by email or letter using the application form. Please bear in mind that your application cannot be processed without this form. We will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible by email or letter,” the office says adding that those whose application is granted will be informed of this decision in writing.

As per the nationals of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco or San Marino who are currently in Germany for tourism and cannot leave at the time their 90-day period of stay expires, the office advises them to submit a corresponding application by email or post to extend their stay.