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My non-EU passport expires in 18 months. If I apply for a German blue card, how much would the validity of the blue card be? Will it be for the full duration (say 4 years) or would it be for just 18 months (which is my passport's validity)?

When I renew my non-EU passport from Germany, are there any procedures to be followed with respect to the blue card?

During my non-EU passport renewal from Germany, I will not have my passport with me. But German law considers it a requirement to always have a passport for foreigners. If the German police randomly ask me to show my ID during this period of renewal, what would happen?

Lastly if the passport expires (because I fail to renew it on time), will my stay in Germany with an expired passport but valid blue card be considered illegal?

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  • The validity of your residence permit is tied to your passport, and you will have to get a new residence permit when you get a new passport.
    – Dr. Snoopy
    May 10 at 13:00

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If I apply for a German blue card, how much would the validity of the blue card be?

Up to 4 years or in cases that you have a time restricted contract, the length of the contract plus 3 months. (§18(4) - Principle of skilled immigration; general provisions - AufenthG)

When I renew my non-EU passport from Germany, are there any procedures to be followed with respect to the blue card?

No, but you should report that you have a new passport to the Immigration Office.

During my non-EU passport renewal from Germany, I will not have my passport with me. But German law considers it a requirement to always have a passport for foreigners.

You must possess a recognised and valid passport (§3 - Passport requirement - AufenthG), which is not the same as always having it with you at all times. In most cases a country will cancel the old passport after issuing a new passport. If this is not the case, you should ask your Consulate for a written confirmation that they have your passport while it is being renewed. Send a copy of this to the Immigration Office.

If the German police randomly ask me to show my ID during this period of renewal, what would happen?

You would show your residence permit card, which within Germany, is a valid form of identification.

Lastly if the passport expires (because I fail to renew it on time), will my stay in Germany with an expired passport but valid blue card be considered illegal?

You are required to undertake reasonable measures to insure that you have a valid passport. Keeping some form of proof when you made the, timely, renewal application is a good idea. Should the process take longer than estimated (i.e. beyond your control), then keep the Immigration Office informed of the situation.

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  • Thank you. Just to confirm, the validity of the blue card is NOT related to the validity of the passport, correct? May 7 at 8:58
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    @patstewart If it was, then §18(4) would include such a statement as an extra 'and' condition. Also §5 meantions only that you must have a valid passport when a residence permit is granted (and no meation of restricting it due to the passport validaty). May 7 at 9:24
  • This is not correct, the validity of your residence permit is tied to the validity of your passport, when you get a new passport, you must apply for a new residence permit, but this is a shorter procedure than the first time. Source: I lived in Germany for many years on a Blue Card. When you apply for your residence permit, the officer will tell you about its validity and how it relates to your passport.
    – Dr. Snoopy
    May 10 at 12:59
  • @Dr.Snoopy Before the cards were issued (and the permit was a sticker in the passport), this was certainly true. But I found no reference to this in the present day laws. May 10 at 15:05
  • Might not be in the law but in some other legal procedure or statute, it is too detailed to be in the law itself. I am giving my experience as recent as middle of 2021. And the residence permit has fields (Anmerkungen/Remarks) that refer to the passport by number and expiry date. And note I am talking about the credit-card size cards that are issued as residence permits.
    – Dr. Snoopy
    May 10 at 15:13

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