Fiktionsbescheinigung – interim permit

What the heck is this "Fiktionsbescheinigung"? This is the creepiest word I have ever heard in my life. When translating it, I get fiction certificate or certificate of fiction. Aha. Have I now lost my existence that I have become fictious because of this slip?

Neat joke that you are cracking! Relax, you are safe, legal and still existing. for some reason, immigration was not in the position to finalize your application. It could be that they are still awaiting an answer from another authority, you have to still submit documents, or they have had no time to decide on your application or whatever. Yet, you need a travel document.

Yeah. Great. And what are my rights?

Just as they were before – no more and no less. If you were allowed to work then continue doing so. If you just came in and had no previous residential status then you are only allowed to be / live here while awaiting your appointment. You may not work! If you had a permit for employment or Blue Card that just expired after applying for an extension, you can continue working.

Gee, with all this red tape, I guess I won't be able to travel, right?

Yes and no! You are allowed travel with a Fiktionsbescheinigung based on §81 para. IV AufenthG! If you travel, by all means be back in before the interim permit expires – if not you want to jeopardize your status.

How often will I get such extension?

As many as necessary but as few as possible. You are entitled to have a clear status at all times. On the other hand, you are expected to put forward any and all details that support your application (§82 AufenthG). In other words, if you were seriously not able to have all needed documents with you during your appointment, then you will get it. If at the second apointment, you do not have all your ducks in order, then maybe you will get a second interim permit, but only if you have persuading reasons. You can almost forget getting a third Fiktionsbescheinigung!
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What I am to do when my extension, my Fiktionsbescheinigung expires?

Apply best ahead of time for another extension. In smaller municipalities, where you "know" your official, give them a call and ask. This approach might not work in cities.

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