For long-term residence, every foreigner who is not a citizen of an EU/EEA state needs a specific purpose of residence. This can be, among other things, education, studies, employment, international law, humanitarian, political or family reasons.
To apply for a residence permit, whether for the first time or for an extension, you must first submit the completed application form with all relevant documents in writing (by mail or e-mail). The required documents can be found on this page under "Forms".
The submitted documents are usually reviewed within six weeks. You will then automatically receive a letter on how to proceed. We kindly ask you to refrain from inquiries regarding the status of your application.
Note: Professionals can also submit some applications via the Citizen Service Portal .
Here you will find a summary of various applications and documents for applying for a residence permit.
Application for a residence permit (German/English/French/ni
Application for a residence permit (Russian/Vietnamese/Arabic)
Application for a residence permit (Turkish/Portuguese/Serbian/Albanian)
Application for issuance or extension of a residence permit (issuance of EU Blue Card/residence permit)
Application for issuance of a settlement permit
Application for permanent residence - EU
Power of attorney for eAT collection
Declaration of employment (request to the Federal Employment Agency)