How to obtain a Settlement Permit for Germany if you have a Blue Card (Example: Berlin)
Application in writing
Please file an application with the Berlin Immigration Office**.
You will either receive an invitation for a personal interview or a notification of charges. Please enclose with your application a copy of the documents specified in the section “Documents required”.
Possession of an EU Blue Card:
- 21 months of employment and sufficient command
of the German language (B1-level);
- 33 months of employment and basic knowledge of the German language (B1-level);
You must have paid contributions to the statutory Pension Fund for the duration of your employment (33 or 21 months). Acceptable are as well contributions paid for entitlement to comparable benefits by another insurance or pension institution..
Secured means of subsistance including health
Secured means of support include an adequate health insurance for you and the members of your family:
- if you have a statutory health insurance, you are adequately insured.
- if you have a private health insurance, please make sure that type and
- scope of your health insurance are adequate.
No criminal record
Even fines may prevent the granting of a permanent settlement permit.
Main residence in Berlin***
Your main residence is in Berlin. If you have your main residence in other German city, you have to apply for the Blue Card there.
Valid passport, together with your EU Blue Card;
1 current photo
(biometric, 35mm x 45mm);
Not older than 6 months foto - frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background;
Proof of income
- contract of employment,
- current certificate issued by the employer (not older than 14 days) and,
- salary statements for the last 6 months;
Lease or proof of home ownership
Proofs of living space and of monthly rent or cost of housing of own property (house or apartment) have to be supplied;
Pension information notice issued by the German Pension Fund,
proof of entitlement to comparable benefits by another insurance or pension institution.
Please submit either the insurance card issued by your statutory health insurance OR the insurance policy issued by a private health insurance company;
Proof of main residence in Berlin
Certificate of registration at the main residence,
lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord;
For the issue of the permanent settlement permit: 113.00 euros.
If the application must be rejected: 56.50 euros.
For Turkish citizens: a maximum of 28.80 euros.
Step 1: learn the Prerequisites;
Step 2: go through the list of required documents. Make your own list of missing documents;
Step 3: make an appointment for the language test (if applicable);
Step 4: make an appointment with the local Immigration authority;
Step 5: download the application form Antrag auf Erteilung einer Niederlassungserlaubnis. Fill it out and sign it;
Step 6: appear personally at the Ausländerbehörde on the booked date and time;
Step 7: submit the application and the other documents for the permanent residence permit (settlement permit, Niederlassungserlaubnis) and pay the fee. Done!
Since the EU Blue Card is generally issued as an electronic residence permit, it is recommended that the interview takes place 8 weeks before your previous residence title expires.
You can only make use of this service at the location Friedrich-Krause-Ufer of the Berlin Immigration Office.