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residence permit

One of the seven residence titles that exist in Germany is the residence permit. A residence permit will be issued temporary and to one specific purpose granted. But in which cases can a residence permit be granted and where can you get such a document?

What is a residence permit?

In Germany, a residence permit is a temporary one residence permit according to the Residence Act that has been in force since 2005. The residence permit is issued to so-called third-country nationals. It is earmarked and limited.


Residence permits are only issued for a specific purpose. The purpose of this is set out in detail in the Residence Act. Sections 16 to 17 of the Residence Act, for example, list the conditions under which a residence permit for the purpose of training is approved.

Sections 18 et seq. of the Residence Act explain the requirements for issuing residence permits for gainful employment. Permission to stay in Germany can also be granted for international, humanitarian or political reasons under the Residence Act. Furthermore, it is possible that the temporary and earmarked residence permit is granted for family reasons. The legal basis for this can be found in Sections 27 to 36a of the Residence Act.

If a residence permit is to be extended, this is only possible if the conditions that existed when the permit was first issued can still be affirmed now. However, if the temporary purpose has already been fulfilled, the competent authority can also refuse the extension. Prerequisites for the extension of residence permits may also include that the applicant has complied with his statutory obligations, such as completing an integration course.

Who issues the residence permit?

The contact person for the issuance of a residence permit is the local authority foreign Office, since the federal states are basically responsible for the application of the regulations governing foreign nationals. You can either fill out the relevant forms online on the Immigration Office’s website or pick up the necessary form in person and send it to the office by post after completing it.


The fees for issuing a residence permit depend, among other things, on the period of validity of the permit. For example, if permission is granted for up to a year granted, then the fees are attached 100 euros. Does the residence permit have a period of validity of more than a year, then the exhibition costs 110 euros. Will permission only extended, then the costs for this are between 65 and 80 Euro.

What is the difference between a residence title and a residence permit?

A residence permit entitles people from third countries to reside in Germany. In this context, the residence permit is one of the seven existing residence titles in Germany. The term residence permit describes a special case of the granting of a residence permit.

Can you work with a residence permit?

If you have received a residence permit, then this means not automaticallythat you can also work in Germany. Rather, the permit must expressly contain an entitlement to gainful employment. However, this regulation does not apply to persons from the EU or EEA states or to persons from Switzerland. Because they benefit from the so-called freedom of movement for workers.

Are residence permits issued by the competent authority for the purpose of employment granted, then these always include a work permit. The competent authority also includes the extent of the permitted employment in the documents or documents it on an additional sheet.

There are also special titles that entitle you to stay in Germany and are explicitly tailored to a professional activity. The ICT card, the mobile ICT card and the EU blue card should be mentioned in this context. These titles are also subject to a time limit.

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