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.
On request, we will prepare you for dealings with the authorities and help you find the right contacts.
We help you to structure the individual steps.
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”