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Apply for a residence permit


If you want to enter Germany and stay in Germany, you will need a residence permit. The residence permit is the permit for entry and residence in Germany.

There are currently 7 different types of residence permits:

  • Visa
  • Residence permit
  • Blue map EU
  • ICT card
  • Mobile ICT card
  • Establishment permit
  • Permission for permanent residence - EU.

The residence law provides for the following residence purposes:

  • Training
  • Employment
  • international, humanitarian or political reasons
  • Family reasons
  • special residence rights

The visa and residence permit can be issued for various purposes of residence. The EU Blue Card, on the other hand, is a special residence permit for the pursuit of a highly qualified employment. The ICT card is issued as a residence permit for intra-company transfers of employees outside the EU to an EU country. Holders of an ICT card can also be transferred to Germany in the long term with the MobileICT card. If you are an EU citizen, you only need a valid ID. However, for stays over 3 months, you must meet other requirements, such as:

  • You are employed,
  • You have acquired a right of permanent residence or
  • They have adequate health insurance cover and means of subsistence, or
  • Your family member fulfils one of these conditions.

You don't have a German passport, but would like to live in Germany? Find out more about the prerequisites here.

The visa and the ICT card are issued by the foreign representations of the Foreign Office. The issuing of the MobileR ICT card is decided by the competent immigration authority or the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. All other residence permits are issued by the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence.

The requirements depend on the reason why you enter Germany and which residence permit you would like to apply for.

The documents required depend on the applicable conditions. The decisive factor is therefore which residence permit you apply for and for what purpose of residence.

There are different fees. Please check with your immigration office.

Foreigners subject to a visa must apply for the residence permits required for further stay during the validity period of the visa.

Foreigners exempt from the visa requirement must apply for the residence permit required for long-stay within three months of entry.

The processing time depends on several factors. Please check with the body responsible for your residence permit.

specific legal basis depends on the specific residence permit

Who needs a residence permit for employment?

Foreigners from countries outside the European Union or the European Economic Area or Switzerland generally require a residence permit for the stay and the pursuit of an employed activity.

What are the exceptions to the residence permit?

Foreigners need a residence permit to enter and stay in the Federal Republic of Germany. Union citizens are exempt from this obligation. Further exceptions are laid down in the Residence Ordinance. For example, nationals of certain countries do not require a residence permit for stays of up to 90 days if they hold a passport and do not want to take up work.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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