Posts Tagged ‘renewal’

Japan visa renewal

April 8, 2011

My visa expires next month so I went on Google to find out what forms I need to fill in. Annoyingly most of the hits are to forum discussions and professional visa application services, but not to the actual information on the immigration service website.

Eventually I found them, and hopefully if I post the links here it’ll help anyone else who is looking for the same information in the future:

Residence Permit Renewal – Part 1

August 6, 2004

I’ve just been down to the KVR to renew my German residence permit. Since I’ll have been here for 5 years when the current one runs out, I decided to go for the unlimited one. Here are a few things that I found out:

  1. They won’t give you an unlimited one until you’ve been here a full five years. So if you’re “fleißig” like me, and go there a week in advance, you still have to wait anyway.
  2. You need to take 2 passport photos. This is because they will issue a brand new permit, rather than just putting an extra stamp on the current one.
  3. For unlimited permits, they have to do a background check to make sure you’re not a terrorist. This takes around 1 week. So if you’re “fleißig” like me, and go there a week in advance, you still have to wait anyway.
  4. You have to take a copy of your apartment rental contract and your last payslip (your employment contract isn’t enough).
  5. On the KVR website it says the renewal costs €25 (5 year) or €61 (unlimited). This doesn’t apply to EU citizens – we pay nothing at all.

To dispell a couple of myths that go around:

  1. I got there at 7:40 and only waited 10 minutes before I got called in. That would be at 7:50, 10 minutes before the official opening time.
  2. The lady who dealt with me was friendly. She offered me the unlimited permit straight away, and was happy to answer all my questions. I did not have to sign in my own blood, or promise the soul of my first-born.

And finally, a couple of questions that I’m going to ask when I go back to finalise the renewal:

  1. (For Allen) – There is a section on the form for periods of time spent living outside Germany. Does this affect the renewal?
  2. (For Shamim) – What’s the penalty for living here 8 years without renewing the permit?

This has been a public service announcement.