An ultimatum for expired Schengen visa holders who have been stranded in Germany has been given. These people have been unable to go to their home country due to travel restrictions and the absence of means of travel owing to COVID-19. They will have to leave Germany by September 30, 2020.
The decision was taken by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs. They reasoned that international travel options have improved considerably overall and that every country is allowing its own citizens to enter the countries.
Germany is now returning to normalcy and is inspecting the issuance of residence permit on a case-by-case basis. Even while third-country citizens with Schengen visas can’t leave the country owing to special circumstances, Germany is trying to help. They are assisted with whatever options are available in the Residence Act until departure is possible and their German migration ends for now.
In April 2020, the Ministry of Interior had allowed Schengen visa holders unable to leave Germany to stay in the country until June 30, 2020. These people were also affected by COVID-19 and the travel restrictions caused by it.
At that point in time, an exemption was granted to these visa holders and they weren’t required to obtain a residence permit and weren’t implicated for unlawful stay. On June 23, 2020, the Ministry extended the ordinance that allowed the Schengen visa holders to stay till September 30, 2020. They were also exempted from requiring to obtain a residence permit.
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