Applying for the Residence Permit
Depending on your nationality you must apply for a residence permit if you are staying longer than three months.
a) No obligation to apply for a residence permit
Citizens of countries belonging to the European Community (EC) or the European Economic Area (EWR) do not need a residence permit. You will receive a “Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung“ (EU certificate of permissiveness) when registering at the Resident’s Registration Office.
Two pre-requisites for obtaining the „Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung“:
- Proof of financial resources for secured means of support
- Proof of health insurance coverage
b) Obligation to apply for a Residence Permit
If you are citizen of another country you must apply for a residence permit at the “Amt für Ausländerangelegenheiten” within 90 days after your arrival respectively before your visa expires. This also applies to citizens from countries such as the USA which can enter Germany without a Visa.
When applying for the residence permit, you must present the following documents:
- Identity Card or passport
- contract of employment OR proof of scholarship with declaration of the amount of payment as proof of financial resources for secured means of support
- proof of Registration by the Resident’s Registration Office
- proof of health care insurance coverage
- passport photograph
- where necessary: certificate of marriage/birth certificates
There is a residence permit fee.
Electronic Residence Permit (eAT)
Since 2011, the residence permit is granted in form of an electronic residence permit (eAT) which is a chip card that allows you to identify yourself and that has extensive features.
Your residence permit expires immediately once you do not have a valid passport anymore or if you leave Germany for more than 6 months.