Applying for a Residence Permit

Those persons who are not possess citizens of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and who wish to work in Germany need permits for long-term residence.

Which residence permit is the right one?

1. Temporary Residence Permit (“Aufenthaltserlaubnis”)
This is a temporary residence permit which is linked to a specific purpose (study/occupational training, gainful employment).

2. Permanent Residence Permit (“Niederlassungserlaubnis”)
This is a permanent residence permit which allows you to engage in gainful employment. The requirements for such a permit are: you must have had a temporary residence permit for five years, secure means of livelihood or support, no previous criminal record, a verifiable place of work, sufficient knowledge of the German language, basic knowledge of the German legal and social system and a fixed place of abode in Germany.

3. EU Permanent Residence Permit (“Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt – EU”)
This is a permanent residence permit which allows you to engage in gainful employment. The requirements are similar to those for the Permanent Residence Permit in No. 2 above. You are also entitled to obtain a temporary residence permit in other EU member countries.

4. EU Blue Card (“Blaue Karte EU”)
A residence permit restricted to a period of four years. You will find more information under “EU Blue Card”

How do I apply for a temporary residence permit?

After arriving in Germany (see “Visa”), you apply for the relevant residence permit at the foreign nationals’ office that is responsible for the town or city you are living in. Important: you must do this before your visa expires!

When you have applied for your temporary residence permit, you will receive an electronic temporary residence permit (“eAT”) in credit card format.

The “eAT” contains a chip on which your biometric passport photo, your fingerprints, the conditions of your stay in Germany and other personal data are stored.

How long does this process take and how much does it cost?

Processing period: four to six weeks.

Charges:

  • issue of a permanent residence permit
    EUR 55.00 – EUR 135.00
  • issue of a temporary residence permit or an EU Blue Card
    with a validity period of up to one year
    EUR 100.00
  • issue of a temporary residence permit or an EU Blue Card
    with a validity period of over one year
    EUR 110.00
  • extension of a temporary residence permit or an EU Blue Card
    for a further stay of up to three months
    EUR 65.00
  • extension of a temporary residence permit or an EU Blue Card
    for a further stay of longer than three months
    EUR 80.00

Which documents do I need for the temporary residence permit?

Which documents do I need for the permanent residence permit?

  • the application form
  • your visa
  • a valid national passport
  • a current biometric passport photo
  • the rent agreement of your residence in Germany
  • confirmation from your employer
  • evidence of successful attendance at an integration course if you were
  • entitled to take part in such a course
  • evidence of knowledge of the German language.

Contact person

Stadt Braunschweig, Ausländerangelegenheiten
Stadt Wolfsburg, Ausländerstelle