Online application for residence permits

Online application for residence permits for the purpose of temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine

People forced to flee Ukraine because of the war will be granted a humanitarian residence permit for temporary protection (Aufenthaltserlaubnis zum vorübergehenden Schutz) in accordance with Section 24 of the German Residence Act.
Refugees with permanent accommodation in Berlin can now apply for this residence permit online with Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung – LEA).

Who does this apply to?

The legal basis for this is the Council Implementing Decision (EU) of 4 March 2022 pursuant to Directive 2001/55/EC.

The decision applies to the following persons:
  • Ukrainian nationals who were habitually resident in Ukraine before 24 February 2022,
  • Stateless persons and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine who enjoyed international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022,
  • Family members of the above-mentioned persons and
  • Stateless persons and nationals of other third countries who can prove that they were legally in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 on the basis of a residence permit issued under Ukrainian law and who are unable to return safely and permanently to their country or region of origin.

Who can submit an online application to the LEA in Berlin?

As of 1 June 2022, refugees from Ukraine in Berlin will only be able to apply online if they have already been allocated to Berlin by the State Office for Refugee Affairs (LAF) or another authority (allocation decision).

You submitted your application online before 1 June 2022 and have not yet been allocated to Berlin by the LAF? In this case, the residence permit can usually still be issued to you but only if you are allowed to remain permanently in your current accommodation in Berlin. Everything else about any subsequent registration, allocation and the residence permit will be explained to you at your appointment at the LEA. No further action is necessary on your part before your appointment at the LEA.

Please note: Temporary accommodation (for instance at an emergency accommodation facility or with private individuals or families) without a decision by the LAF on which part of Germany you will be assigned to is not sufficient. In this case, please register with the LAF first and await the decision on where you are to be assigned.

How does the application procedure work?

To obtain a temporary residence permit please submit an application online to the LEA.

After submitting your data, a PDF document confirming your application will be displayed. This PDF document certifies your legal residence in Germany and your right to take up any form of paid work.
  • So make sure you save this document and also print it out if possible.

Please note: Legal residence and permission to engage in paid work only take legal effect through your online application if you belong to the above-mentioned group of persons.

The LEA will send you an appointment by e-mail to the e-mail address stated in your online application. So please check the spam folder of your email account regularly as well as your inbox.

The very high number of refugees from Ukraine in Berlin does mean, however, that it may take some time before you receive your appointment. We kindly ask for your understanding and patience.

Is it also possible to come to the LEA for the issuance of this residence permit without an online application and appointment?

Please do not come to the LEA without an appointment, we will not be able to serve you.

Once you have submitted your application online, you will have legal residence until the appointment and will also be allowed to work before the temporary residence permit is issued. You can also prove this with the certificate that you have to download at the end of the online application.

Any further questions?

  • Please be sure to read our FAQs, which answer all the main questions.
  • If you need further help, our advice service is available to you.

Go to the online application for a residence permit for the purpose of temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine