The electronic residence title is the size of a credit card and comes with an integrated chip containing both personal data and biometric data (photograph, two fingerprints). The electronic residence permit is issued as a separate document; however, it is not a substitute for a passport. It serves only to document residence status, and is fundamentally only valid in conjunction with a valid, approved passport or passport substitute. Additional provisions are also stored on the chip, and are printed on a supplementary sheet which must be kept together with the residence permit.
As fingerprints are saved on the chip, all applicants over the age of 6 must apply for an electronic residence permit in person at the Foreigners’ Authority. Also, applicants must collect the electronic residence permit in person.
The electronic residence permit is produced by the Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Office) in Berlin. The waiting period to obtain an electronic residence permit is four to six weeks.
Yes, they remain valid until 31 August 2021. Your residence title in form of an adhesive label will not be replaced until the end of its validity period.