Permanent residence permit

The Settlement Permit

Do you already live in Germany with a temporary residence permit and want to stay here permanently? Here you can find out the requirements under which you as a specialist can apply for a permanent position residence permit, the so-called permanent residence permit according to § 18c AufenthG, on application.

The settlement permit opens up many perspectives: You can live with your family members in Germany without restriction. You can also work as an employee as well as self-employed.

The settlement permit for skilled workers
According to the Residence Act, you are a “specialist” if you belong to one of the following groups of people:

Persons who have completed vocational training ( Section 18a of the Residence Act )

Persons with an academic education ( Section 18b, Paragraph 1 of the Residence Act and holders of an EU Blue Card )

International researchers, according to Directive (EU) 2016/801 ( § 18d AufenthG ) What requirements must skilled workers meet to be granted a branch?

You have had a residence permit according to §§ 18a, 18b or 18d AufenthG for 4 years.

Your livelihood is secured without the use of public funds.

You have paid compulsory or voluntary contributions to the statutory pension insurance for at least 48 months.

You have a job for which your qualification qualifies you or is appropriate to your calibre.

You have enough living space for yourself and your family members.

*You have sufficient knowledge of the German language (level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(GER)) and a basic understanding of Germany’s legal and social order and the living conditions. As a rule, this can be proven by the Life in Germany test.

The settlement permit for highly qualified specialists
In individual cases, highly skilled specialists can receive a settlement permit in accordance with Section 18c, Paragraph 3 of the Residence Act, without a prior minimum stay.

For example, if you are a scientist with special specialist knowledge or a teacher in a prominent position, you can receive a settlement permit immediately after entering Germany.
It is essential that you:

· Provide evidence of academic training and

· If the assumption is justified that you can integrate yourself into the living conditions in Germany and that your livelihood is secured without government assistance.
It is best to compile the necessary documents for the immediate issue of the settlement permit before your entry.

The settlement permit for the self-employed
If you own a residence permit for self-employment in accordance with Section 21 of the Residence Act, you can apply for a settlement permit ( Section 21 (4 ) of the Residence Act ) after just three years. The following requirements must be met for this:

· You have a valid residence permit for self-employment at the time of application.

· It would be best if you had the planned independence have successfully realized.

· You can prove that your livelihood and your family members are permanently secured in Germany.

You can find out which documents self-employed persons need to apply for a settlement permit here.
Do you not belong to any of the immigrant groups mentioned above? Visit the BAMF website to find out what you can do to get a permanent residence permit in Germany.

However, applying for a settlement permit is associated with corresponding fees, which vary between the different occupational groups. In general, the cost of a settlement permit is 113 euros; for the self-employed, it is 124 euros, and highly qualified people have to pay 147 euros for the application for a settlement permit.

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