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German Residence Permit

German Residence Permit

RP Requirements

To be given any of the residence permits, you will need to fulfill a few requirements

  1. Have a valid passport from another country

  2. Not have a criminal record

  3. Be proficient in German in at least a B1 level

  4. Have German health insurance

  5. Pass a health check which proves you are healthy enough to work and/or study

  6. Be financially stable and support yourself and your family

  7. If you will work in Germany, you will need a letter from your employer with the job offer and description.

  8. If you will study in Germany, you will need proof that you have been admitted into a university

  9. If you will join your spouse in Germany, you will need proof of marriage such as a marriage certificate

Residency Permit! (3)

Register your German address

  • Whether you are applying from Germany within the first 90 days or  from your home country, the first thing you must do is register your new German address with the authorities. Germany has this requirement and you must fulfill it in order to be eligible for a residence permit.
  • If you don’t register your address, you could get fined and your permit might be denied. After you complete this requirement, you will get a certificate which you can attach to your documents.

Health Insurance and Bank Account

  • If you haven’t already gotten health insurance in Germany, then you must do so before you apply for the residence permit. Germany requires you to be insured and will rarely accept foreign insurance policies. So get yourself coverage from a German company.
  • In addition, to prove financial stability, you might want to open a German bank account and transfer your funds there. You will then get any financial bank statements and attach them to your other documents, so as to prove you can support yourself and your family.

Fill an application form and set an appointment

  • You can apply from your local immigration office, where you can go and pick up an application form. The immigration offices in Germany are always crowded and the wait time is long, so you might as well get an appointment soon to avoid surpassing your 90 days.

Attend your appointment

  • On the day of your appointment, try to get there as early as possible. You will most likely have to wait even if your appointment has a set time. Make sure you have your document file with you and you are not missing anything.
  • When your turn is up, you will have an interview of around 10 minutes. The officer will look at your document file and if everything is fine, you will be sent home to wait for processing. If you are missing any documents, you will have to set another appointment and bring the additional ones.
  • Your residence permit request will need to be processed for around 2 - 3 weeks and then you will get an answer. If you get your permit, you are allowed to stay in Germany for the length of time that it is granted to you. If you are denied, you might want to check out the reasons why that happened and try to improve your application for the next time.

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