In the near-ish future, I will be picking up my eAT – the elektronischer Aufenthaltsitel – that will be permission for me to stay in Germany a bit longer.
The eAT format is a credit-card sized document that includes a chip that contains biometric identification information.
Providing this led the most amusing moment of my registration this week – when I was asked how tall I was – but, as the friendly bureaucrat I was talking to eyed my passport, “nicht im fuss” – “not in feet”. Fortunately (thanks to my having surfed gay dating websites) I know my height in centimeters.
Meanwhile, and the point of my question, with the new eAT format, I have the possibility of enjoying the “online identification function” – that will let me take out car insurance online (so they claim), avoid sitting in waiting rooms, and shop (securely) online.
When I go to pick up my eAT, I will be asked if I want it turn on or not.
For my fellow expats in the EU (but who are not EU citizens) – who have already obtained the eAT (or whatever it is called in other countries) – do you have it turned on? Have you ever found it useful? What about the electronic signature function (QES) – has anybody ever used it?
Germany only started issuing eAT last September, so there aren’t that many out there amongst my non-EU expatriate friends – any clues would be greatly appreciated.