Permanent residence card for family members of citizens entitled to freedom of movement from the EU (except Germany) and the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) after (generally) 5 years of residency.
Please note: Family members of Germans do not receive a residence card in accordance with the Freedom of Movement Act but are entitled to a residence permit in accordance with the Residence Act if they themselves are not EU or EEA citizens (see under 'More information').
5 years of the right to freedom of movement exercised
Family members of EU or EEA citizens receive a permanent right of residence when
- they have resided legally for an uninterrupted period of five years with the EU or EEA citizen in Germany
- and a right of freedom of movement (i.e. as an employee/self-employed person/ with sufficient means of subsistence) has been exercised throughout this time.
Legal residency alone, however, is insufficient.
Applicant is not an EU or EEA citizen
Applicant is not a national of an EU member state or of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway
The family member is a EU or EEA citizen
The family member is a national of an EU member state (except Germany) or of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway
Main residence in Berlin
A personal interview is required
The interview should, if possible, take place by appointment.
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 Ausstellung einer Daueraufenthaltskarte" (filled out)
Residence card (Aufenthaltskarte) or residence permit
Population register information (Melderegisterauskunft)
You must prove your continuous residence in Germany. The easiest way of doing this is with a population register extract. You can also use tax assessments or similar documents.
Proof of the right to free movement (for the last 5 years)
- employees: current certificate from the employer stating the type and duration of employment
- self-employed workers: business registration, tax number, current tax demand
- non-employed persons: proof of health insurance and means of subsistence
Additional documents may also be required.
Proof of main residence in Berlin
- Certificate of registration at the main residence or
- lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
- From the age of 24 years: 37.00 euros
- Until the age of 24 years: 22.80 euros
Landesamt für Einwanderung (LEA)