The German parliament has postponed the issuance of new biometric residence permit cards from May 1, 2011 to September 1, 2011 for foreign nationals of States not members of the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
The introduction of biometric residence permit cards complies with EU Regulations no. 1030/2002 and 380/2008, calling for a uniform format for residence permits for non-EU/EEA nationals. The new residence permit cards will contain biometric information such as a photograph and two fingerprints of permit holders aged 6 years and older. The biometric residence permit cards will replace the current paper residence cards, and residence permits will no longer be stamped in the passports of foreign nationals.
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