Landungsbrücken

Letters of commitment, stay up to 3 months

If you want to invite a foreign visitor who needs a visa to enter the country, it is usually necessary for you to submit a letter of sponsorship to the customer center. With this declaration, you undertake to ensure the visitor's...

If you want to invite a foreign visitor who needs a visa to enter the country, it is usually necessary for you to submit a letter of sponsorship to the customer center.

With this declaration, you undertake to ensure the visitor's livelihood, including benefits in the event of illness, for the duration of your stay.
You can only contact the Residents' Customer Service Center responsible for your place of residence. The Bergedorf and Billstedt locations are exceptions. There, please send an e-mail to the Foreigners Affairs department.

Important notes

Prerequisites

  • The inviting party must appear in person.
  • Proof of financial capacity (see links)
  • The form for the declaration of commitment is only available from the customer center responsible for your place of residence and must also be handed in there.
  • Representatives of legal persons can contact the customer center responsible for the registered office of the legal person or the customer center responsible for their place of residence. You can find out who is responsible when you enter your registration address in the field above.

Documents required

From the visitor are required:
  • Exact personal details (first and last name, date and place of birth),
  • address abroad,
  • The serial number of the passport is desirable.
Required from the host:
  • Natural people:
    • ID card or passport,
    • Evidence of financial capacity:
      • Decisions on child benefit, child supplement and/or parental benefit
    • Employees:
      • Wage or salary statement or payment notification for the last month.
    • pensioners:
      • current pension notice
    • Self-employed and freelancers:
      • Last tax assessment (up to June of a year, the tax assessment from the year before last, from July of a year, the tax assessment from the previous year) and
      • current profit and loss account as proof that the activity is still exercised,
      • or other evidence showing the monthly net income or a current monthly net profit (e.g. certified by a tax advisor).
    • Recipients of unemployment benefit:
      • last notice of approval
  • Legal persons
    • Excerpt from the commercial register (not older than 3 months),
    • Income statement or other evidence (appointment by the managing director or an authorized officer).

Please note

Please note that the Foreigners Affairs Department is responsible for the Billstedt and Bergedorf locations.
Appointments can only be made there by email. Please use one of the following email addresses to book an appointment:
A declaration of commitment cannot be submitted by the following persons: Recipients of benefits under the AsylbLG, SGB II, SGB XII or receive a grant. Not even from foreigners if they have the following: Duldung, fictional certificate, residence permit, visa according to the Residence Act or the Visa Code, short-term residence permits.

Deadlines

A declaration of commitment can be applied for a maximum of 6 months before the first day of the visit.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

Personal interview required. You will then receive the declaration of commitment.

Processing time

approx. 30 minutes per declaration of commitment

Fees

29 EUR.

Legal notes

Legal basis

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