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Can I enter the country without a visa?
You may enter Germany without visa if you resided in Ukraine as of 24 February 2022. According to the "Ukraine Residence Transitional Ordinance", the following persons are exempt from the visa requirement for Germany from March 9th, 2022: All people who were in Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, and who entered or will enter Germany after this date. This applies to all people in Ukraine at this date, regardless of whether they have a biometric passport and regardless of their citizenship. It also applies to non-Ukrainians who have lived in Ukraine. This regulation applies retrospectively from February 24th, 2022, and until May 31, 2023. That means you may enter Germany without a visa until May 31, 2023. After entering Germany, you may stay for 90 days (within 180 days) without a visa or another residence permit. If you enter Germany for the first time by May 31, 2023, you must apply for a residence permit by August 29, 2023 at the latest.
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Can I get refugee status in the country?
Yes. Please note that if you qualify for temporary protecton (see How long can I stay in the country?) it is not advisable for you to apply for asylum. You can also apply for a residence permit to study or go through vocational training or work as a skilled worker. To do so, however, you must meet a number of requirements. If you do not meet the requirements for temporary protection or any other type of residence permit, you should seek advice concerning seeking asylum. Please find the information concerning residence permits for non-Ukrainian citizens at the link .
How long can I stay in the country?
People without Ukrainian citizenship can also apply for and obtain a residence permit according to §24 (temporary protection), if they are in one of the following groups:
If you come from Afghanistan, Eritrea or Syria, the Immigration Office automatically assumes that you cannot safely return to your country of origin. All other cases are checked individually by the immigration authorities.
Please note: Your visa-free stay is limited to 90 days (within 180 days) from your first entry into Germany. This means that you must apply for a residence permit within 90 days of entering Germany for the first time. If you do not apply for a residence permit or apply for asylum within these 90 days, your stay will no longer be deemed legal.
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