Immigration

Do I need a visa if I want to live in Germany? My partner is German – can I live and work in Germany too? There are many aspects to the topic of immigration into Germany, and lots of questions associated with it. This page provides answers, advisory services, links and much more.

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Apply for a residence permit extension to search for a job after professional recognition procedure

After successful determination of the equivalence of your foreign professional qualification or receipt of the professional practice permit in Germany, your residence permit can...

Apply for a residence permit for a foreign spouse to join a German spouse

You can obtain a residence permit for family reunification in order to establish or continue a marital partnership or registered partnership with a German.

Apply for a residence permit for a study-related internship EU

You can obtain a residence permit for a study-related internship EU if you meet certain requirements for this.

Apply for a residence permit for employment as a civil servant with a German employer

If you are a civil servant working for a German employer, you can obtain a residence permit to fulfill your official duties in Germany.

Apply for a residence permit for employment as a skilled worker with vocational training

As a skilled worker with vocational training, you can obtain a residence permit to pursue qualified employment if you meet certain requirements for this.

Apply for a residence permit for employment as a specialist with academic training

If you have a university degree and would like to work in Germany in an occupation for which your degree qualifies you, you can obtain a corresponding residence permit under...

Apply for a residence permit for employment in case of pronounced practical professional knowledge

With distinctive practical professional knowledge in the field of information and communication technology, you can obtain a residence permit under certain conditions. However,...

Apply for a residence permit for employment regardless of qualification as a skilled worker

You can obtain a residence permit for employment regardless of your qualification as a skilled worker if you meet certain requirements for this.

Apply for a residence permit for freelancers

You can obtain a residence permit to work as a freelancer if you meet certain requirements.

Apply for a residence permit for refugees

Issuance of a residence permit in the case of recognized refugee protection.

Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of employment for qualified tolerated persons

Tolerated foreigners can obtain a residence permit for employment if they meet certain requirements.

Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of recognition of foreign professional qualification on the basis of an agreement of the Federal Employment Agency

Residence permit for the recognition of your foreign professional qualification if you have been placed in employment on the basis of an agreement between the Federal Employment...

Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of research

If you want to work as a researcher in Germany, you can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of research.

Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of research for beneficiaries of international protection

As a researcher, you can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of research under certain conditions

Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment

You can obtain a residence permit if you intend to take up self-employment.

Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of studying

If you want to study in Germany as a non-EU citizen, you can get a residence permit if you meet certain requirements.

Apply for a residence permit for the recognition examination of a foreign professional qualification

You can obtain a residence permit to take an examination required for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification if you meet certain requirements.

Apply for a residence permit for the spouse to join foreigners

If you want to join your foreign spouse or partner in Germany, you can obtain a residence permit for family reunification if you meet certain requirements

Apply for a residence permit to carry out a qualification measure

You can obtain a residence permit to carry out a qualification measure if you would like to work in Germany but your professional qualification has not yet been fully recognized...

Apply for a residence permit to carry out a qualification measure with employment

You can obtain a residence permit to carry out a qualification measure for the recognition of your foreign professional qualification and at the same time pursue employment that...

Apply for a residence permit to continue studies started in another EU country

As a person entitled to international protection, you can apply for a residence permit to continue a course of study that you have begun in another EU country if you meet...

Apply for a residence permit to look for a job after completing a research activity

If you are looking for a job corresponding to your qualifications or self-employment directly following your research activity, you will be granted a residence permit for a...

Apply for a residence permit to look for a job after completing training

If you have successfully completed your education in Germany and are looking for a job that matches your qualifications, you can apply for a residence permit.

Apply for a residence permit to look for a job after completing your studies

If you have successfully completed your studies in Germany, you can apply for a residence permit for up to 18 months to find a job that matches your qualifications.

Apply for a residence permit to search for a job after recognition of foreign professional qualifications

After your foreign professional qualification has been recognized, you can be granted a residence permit to take up a corresponding employment relationship or self-employment...

Apply for an extension of the residence permit for the purpose of recognition of the foreign professional qualification based on an agreement of the Federal Employment Agency

You can have your residence permit extended for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications on the basis of an agreement by the Federal Employment Agency if you meet...

Apply for extension of residence permit for mobile researchers

If you have a temporary residence permit for mobile researchers and would like to continue your work at the research institution in Germany after the expiration of the time...

Apply for extension of residence permit for the purpose of research

You can extend your residence permit for the purpose of research before its expiry date if you wish to continue your work as a researcher in Germany.

Apply for naturalization for foreigners with naturalization entitlement

If you are a foreigner and wish to become a German citizen with all rights and obligations, you are entitled to naturalization under certain conditions.

Apply for residence permit for employment in public interest

You can apply for a residence permit under certain conditions if there is a public, in particular a regional, economic or labor market policy interest in your employment....

Apply for residence permit for job search for professionals with academic education

As a specialist with an academic education, you can obtain a residence permit for a period of six months to look for a job if you meet certain requirements.

Apply for residence permit for job search for skilled workers with vocational training

As a skilled worker with vocational training, you can receive a residence permit for the duration of six months to look for a job, if you meet certain requirements for this.

Apply for residence permit for mobile researchers

If you want to work as a researcher at a German research institution and already hold a residence title from another EU member state for the purpose of research, you can obtain...

Apply for residence permit for recognition of professional qualification during employment

You can obtain a residence permit for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in order to compensate for the deficits in your professional qualification...

Applying for an extension of a residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment for freelancers

You can extend your residence permit for the purpose of exercising a freelance activity if you wish to continue exercising your freelance activity in Germany and meet certain...

Applying for an extension of a residence permit to look for a job after studies

You have successfully completed your studies in Germany and have already received a residence permit to look for a job.

Asylum application

Anyone who applies for asylum must undergo a recognition procedure.

Declaration of commitment according to § 68 Residence Act (AufenthG)

If you submit a declaration of commitment, then the costs for the living expenses of a foreign fellow citizen are taken over in order to help him/her to stay in Germany if...

Electronic residence permit

Here you will find information on the issuance of the electronic residence permit.

Extension of residence permit for the purpose of research for beneficiaries of international protection

Under certain conditions you can extend your existing residence permit for the purpose of research

German citizenship Determination of existence on application

You can apply for the binding determination of your German citizenship if you have a legitimate interest in doing so.

Get Spätaussiedler certificate

If you have received a notice of admission as a late repatriate and are registered in Germany at your new place of residence, you will receive the certificate as a late...

Mobile ICT Card Renewal Request

As a Mobiler ICT card holder, you can apply for its renewal under certain conditions

Naturalization

Foreigners can apply for German citizenship under certain conditions.

Promoting the integration of people with a migration background

The target groups for measures and projects funded under this guideline are primarily ethnic German repatriates and their family members as well as foreign nationals with a...

Residence permit for temporary protection because of the war in Ukraine

If you have fled from Ukraine, you can receive a residence permit for temporary protection under certain conditions.

Residence permit for the continuation of studies begun in another EU country - applying for an extension

You can have your residence permit extended for the continuation of studies begun in another EU country before its period of validity expires if you meet certain conditions for...

Residence permit for the purpose of employment Extension for the purpose of employment in the public interest

You can apply for the extension of your residence permit for the purpose of employment in which there is a public interest, in particular a regional, economic or labor market...

Residence permit for the purpose of employment Extension for the purpose of employment irrespective of qualification as a skilled worker

You can have your residence permit for employment extended before its expiration date, regardless of your qualification as a skilled worker, if you wish to continue employment...

Residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment Extension for the purpose of employment in the case of pronounced practical professional knowledge

You can apply for the extension of your residence permit for the purpose of employment with distinct professional practical knowledge if its validity is about to expire.

Residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment Extension for the purpose of employment in the case of qualified employment as a skilled worker with vocational training

You can extend your residence permit to pursue qualified employment for skilled workers with vocational training before the expiration of its time limit if you want to continue...

Residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment Extension for the purpose of employment in the case of qualified employment as a specialist with academic training

You can have your residence permit for qualified employment for skilled workers with academic training extended before its period of validity expires , if you want to continue...

Residence permit to carry out a qualification measure Apply for extension

You can have your residence permit extended for the purpose of carrying out a qualification measure for the recognition of your foreign professional qualification before the...

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