residence permit for the purpose of employment

Issuance or extension of a residence for the purpose of employment


  • Approval of the Federal Employment Agency
    A residence permit for the purpose of employment can generally only be issued if it has the approval of the Federal Employment Agency.
    Only for certain types of employment is the approval of the Federal Employment Agency not necessary.
  • Occupation practice permit
    If a licence is required to practice a profession (e.g. physician, engineer), evidence of this licence or evidence that the licence will be issued must be presented before the EU Blue Card can be issued.
  • Main residence in Berlin
  • A personal interview is required
    The interview should, if possible, take place by appointment.

Documents required

  • Valid passport
  • 1 current biometric photo
    35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background
  • Employment contract
    Original and copy
  • Documentation about the professional qualifications
    Proof of
    • a successful study at a university or
    • a completed vocational training
  • The form "Antrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung" (completed)
  • The form "Stellenbeschreibung" (filled out by employer)
  • The form "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit)
    Only required for the first application.
  • Occupation practice permit
    Only if required (see 'Prerequisites')
  • Lease or proof of home ownership
    Original and copy
  • Rental cost / expenses for property
    Lease that states the current rental cost or monthly expenses for own property (each original and copy)
  • Certificate of employment
    Only required for the extension of a residence permit:
    Certificate of employment (not older than 14 days)
  • Salary slips of the last 3 months
    Only required for the extension of a residence permit: Salary slips of the last 3 months (each original and copy)
  • Health insurance
    Proof of a secure livelihood must also include sufficient health insurance. Those with statutory health insurance are sufficiently insured. Those with private health insurance must consider the type and extent of their health insurance. For more information, please read the leaflet "Information on adequate health insurance".
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin
    • Certificate of registration at the main residence or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord


The following fees are assessed based on the actual technical effort when extending the residence permit.
From 01.09.2017 they are:

  • For the initial issuance: 56.00 to 100.00 euros
  • For each extension: 49.00 to 96.00 euros
  • For Turkish citizens: a maximum of 28.80 euros

Average time to process request

To ensure timely renewal of your current visa or residence permit an appointment should be made 4-6 weeks before the expiry date.
The residence permit will generally be issued as an adhesive label in your passport. Electronic residence permits can at the moment only be issued in exceptional circumstances.