General information

General information on residence permits

Here you will find information on applying for a residence permit and on the continued validity of the residence permit by means of a fictional certificate or when travelling abroad.

Application

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Application for a residence permit

How to prove sufficient health insurance coverage

If you wish to apply for a residence permit, you must prove that you are sufficiently covered by health insurance.

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Application for a residence permit

Proof of German Language Skills

Applicants for certain visas and residence permits may have to demonstrate that they can understand and speak German.

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Regulations on validity

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Fictional certificate

Extension of the residence permit during application processing

If the residence permit has expired or will no longer be valid in the near future, immigration authorities can issue a fictional certificate ('Fiktionsbescheinigung').

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Supplementary document to the residence permit

Admissibility of the exercise of employment

New legal regulations as of 01.03.2024 allow people with certain residence permits new or extended employment opportunities - without having to change the supplementary document ('Zusatzblatt'). Find out more in this information sheet.

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Travelling with a residence permit

Expiration of your residence permit

You want to travel abroad, but you don't know how long you can leave the country without your residence permit expiring? Here you will find an overview.

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After getting a new passport

Transfer of the residence permit to a new passport

You have a new passport or your old passport has become invalid? Then there are now some things to consider!

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