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Applying for a settlement permit for holders of an EU Blue Card
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If you hold an "EU Blue Card" residence permit, you can apply for a settlement permit after just 21 or 33 months.
- You must apply for a settlement permit before the validity of your current EU Blue Card expires.
- Find out whether your immigration office allows you to apply online or has a special application form.
- If you can only apply in person, arrange an appointment with your local immigration office. If you apply online, the immigration office will contact you after receiving your application to arrange an appointment.
- During the appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office, your identity and supporting documents will be checked (please bring your documents to the appointment, in the original if possible).
- If your application is approved, the Foreigners' Registration Office will arrange for your settlement permit to be produced by the Federal Printing Office (in the form of an electronic residence permit, or eAT card for short). Your fingerprints will be taken for this purpose.
- After completion, you will receive information and can collect the eAT card from the relevant office. As the eAT card is linked to an online ID function, you must always collect it in person.
- If your application is rejected, you will receive a notice of rejection.
The foreigners authority responsible for the applicant's place of residence is responsible for processing the application.
- You have a valid EU Blue Card (residence permit).
- Within the scope of the EU Blue Card issued, you have worked in a job that corresponds to your qualifications and received a salary that corresponds to the applicable annual minimum gross salary (in 2022, for example, this is EUR 56,400.00; for so-called shortage occupations, the limit in 2022 is EUR 43,992.00).
- You would like to continue working in a job that matches your qualifications and pays the corresponding minimum salary.
- You can support yourself and your family without claiming public benefits.
- You have adequate health insurance cover.
- You have a permanent work permit.
- If you work in a regulated profession, you must be in possession of the required professional license (e.g. approbation or professional permit).
- If you wish to obtain a settlement permit after 21 months:
- You have been in possession of the EU Blue Card for a period of 21 months and can provide evidence of employment subject to compulsory insurance for this period.
- You have sufficient knowledge of the German language at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- If you would like to obtain a settlement permit after 33 months:
- You have been in possession of the EU Blue Card for a period of 33 months and can provide proof of employment subject to compulsory insurance for this period.
- You have a basic knowledge of German at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- You have a basic knowledge of German law and social order.
Please note: Orientation courses offered by the BAMF provide this knowledge.
- You have sufficient living space for yourself and your household members.
- You have no criminal record.
- There is no interest in deporting you
Which documents are required?
- Recognized and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute)
- Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
- Employment contract or, in the case of a change of employer, a binding job offer
- Proof of previous employment subject to compulsory insurance for a period of 21 or 33 months (including insurance contributions paid, for example by submitting a pension statement)
- Proof of means of subsistence (e.g. proof of income, proof of receipt of benefits such as parental or child benefit, maintenance payments)
- Proof of health insurance cover (e.g. confirmation of health insurance cover or insurance policy)
- Proof of knowledge of the German language at level A1 (after 33 months) or B1 (after 21 months) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (e.g. language certificate, German school, training or university certificates).
- Professional license to practice a regulated profession (e.g. license to practice medicine or professional permit)
- Proof of basic knowledge of German law and social order (e.g. certificate of successful participation in an orientation course and successful completion of an orientation test)
Please note: This proof may be waived if you have an illness or disability that prevents you from acquiring this knowledge. This must be proven in a suitable form (e.g. by means of a specialist medical statement, proof of reasons that make it permanently impossible or unreasonable to acquire the knowledge).
- Proof of sufficient living space (rental or purchase contract that provides information about the living space)
The documents and information must always be submitted in German.
In individual cases, the immigration authority may require fewer or additional documents.
What are the fees?
Fee: 113,00 Euro
The time and form of fee collection and payment vary depending on the authority.
Additional fees may apply for the issuing of a settlement permit in the form of an electronic residence permit (eAT card), which can also be used as electronic proof of identity.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
6 to 8 weeks
Note (for further information on the deadline):
At the latest 6 to 8 weeks before the current EU Blue Card expires, the application should be received by the immigration authority.
Period of validity:
The settlement permit is issued for an unlimited period. Only the electronic residence permit (eAT card) is issued for a limited period and must be renewed at the end of its validity.
Duration: approx. 6 to 8 weeks
Note for further information on the processing time:
The processing time may vary depending on the workload at the immigration office.
The production of the electronic residence permit by the Bundesdruckerei takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
- Appeal against the decision of the immigration authority
- Legal action before the court named in the notice of objection if the objection is not upheld
Applications / forms
Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance necessary: Yes
What else should I know?
- The minimum salary limits are published annually at the end of the year for the following year in the Federal Gazette by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs and are also updated on the relevant websites.
- If the requirements for the extension of the EU Blue Card are met, the settlement permit can also be issued in addition to the EU Blue Card. It is possible to hold a settlement permit and an EU Blue Card at the same time.
- The procedure is usually carried out in German.
- Make sure that you provide correct and complete information to the best of your knowledge and belief. This is the only way the immigration authority can process your application without major delays.
- Incorrect or incomplete information can slow down the procedure and be disadvantageous for you. In serious cases, incorrect or incomplete information that is not completed or corrected in time vis-à-vis the Foreigners' Registration Office may result in the revocation of residence rights already granted, a fine, a prison sentence of up to three years or expulsion from the federal territory.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
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