Permanent settlement permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis)

  • With a permanent settlement permit, you are allowed to live and work in Germany indefinitely
  • The following pre-requisites, among others, must be fulfilled:
    • 5 years of employment in Germany
    • 60 months of contributions to the German pension scheme or a comparable pension scheme
    • sufficient German skills (B1)
    • no criminal record
  • Other rules apply for: recognised asylum seekers and refugees, foreign graduates of German institutions of higher education, family members of Germans, individuals with an EU blue card, children (from 16 years old) and self-employed persons.