I am a language student in Germany. my visa has expired a month ago and i have applied for an appointment for visa renewal and got the appointment for 4th February 2019.But due to a personal issue i am discontinuing my study in Germany. so can i travel back to my home country India immediately without renewing the visa on 4th february 2019. without any special papers or documents, that is, with only my passport? if i need any documents where? how? should i get it?

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Overstaying your visa is illegal in Germany. The Act on the Residence, Economic Activity and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory provides an English translation of the consequences of overstay. It very much depends on whom you will meet in this process. My best guess is that both renewal and travelling out of Germany will be an issue at the moment.

Travelling out of Germany without getting your visa fixed wouldn't be my advise. My advise would be to ask for help at the 'Ausländerbehörde' and be as polite as possible. If you leave the country without doing so, you would face a fine and you would not be allowed to re-enter. Your best bet is to renew the visa first, you'll probably have some stern words of the officer involved but at least you have the possibility to return and you might not have to pay the fine.

  • but the appointment for visa renewal takes so much time. i applied for the appointment as soon as my current visa expired. it still gave me a date on 4th February. Dec 11, 2018 at 3:47
  • I don't know about India, but in Europe it's quite common that making an appointment with the authorities takes some time. A couple of weeks doesn't sound uncommon to me. It's thus advisable to plan ahead and to make sure you have an appointment before the visa expires. I'm sure you'll be fine in the end. But awaiting this appointment would be your best decision. I don't know about the personal issues, giving them a call and explain your situation might give you priority if applicable.
    – Emile
    Dec 11, 2018 at 7:16
  • In case others read it, you should have applied for an appointment long before your visa expired. If you stay, there is the risk that you will get a strong telling off, or a fine, or possibly thrown out. If you go to India and try to come back without a visa, it is close to certain that you won't be let in.
    – gnasher729
    Dec 15, 2018 at 21:37

If you applied for your visa renewal before your old visa expired, you should have received a "Fiktionsbescheinigung" (§81 Abs 4 AufenthG, https://dejure.org/gesetze/AufenthG/81.html). This document is usually as good (edit: for travelling between Germany and your home country) as the visa you had before.

At least this is how it works for people who have a visa for attending a regular university. For language courses at private language schools it may or may not be somewhat different.

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