A residence permit for a self-employed occupation may be issued for
- Founder of a company,
- Sole proprietor and
- Managing directors and legal representatives of partnerships and corporations, if they have entrepreneurial responsibility.
For freelancers different requirements apply (see service "Residence permit for a freelance employment - Issuance" in the section "More information").
1 current biometric photo
35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background
Form "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit)
Only required for first-time application
You can find tips for creating your business plan, for example, on the start-up portal of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - BMWi (see section "More information").
see section "Forms"
Resume / Curriculum vitae
Details of professional career, qualification certificates, diploma, references/sponsors
For university graduates: A statement by the university
A statement by the university regarding the knowledge acquired in higher education and the connection to the business idea
For university graduates: Degree from a state-recognised university or comparable training institution in Germany
For researchers and scientists: A statement of the previous employer
A statement of the previous employer (e.g. research institution) on the connection between the occupation as researcher/scientist and the business idea
Excerpt from the Trade Register
However, at least the application for registration in the commercial register via a notary public; in the original
Business registration (Gewerbeanmeldung)
Only if no entry in the commercial register is required; in the original
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 "Health insurance" (see section "More information").
Lease or proof of home ownership
Rental cost / expenses for property
Proof of the monthly rental costs (e.g. current account statement) or costs of the inhabited property; in each case in original form
Adequate pension plan (only if you have already completed the 45th year of life)
You can provide evidence of adequate retirement benefits (see section "Prerequisites") by:
- an offer from a private pension or life insurer,
- own assets,
- acquired pension rights or
- operating assets
Proof of main residence in Berlin
- Certificate of registration at the main residence or
- lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
- 100.00 euros
- For Turkish citizens a maximum of 28.80 euros
Average time to process request
Around 5–6 weeks
A personal visit four to six weeks before the existing temporary residence title expires is best. If possible you should book an appointment for this.
Landesamt für Einwanderung (LEA)