Permanent settlement permit for children (aged over 16) at the location Berlin Immigration Office, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer

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Opening hours

7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
By appointment only
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
By appointment only

Changes in opening hours

To further contain the corona infection services will continue to take place in principle only by appointment.

Information for customers with an appointment

We ask for your understanding for the following hygiene precautions:

  • Entering our service building is only permitted with masks of the standards KN95 / N95 or FFP2.
  • We can’t serve you if you are displaying symptoms of infection.
  • Please note: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, access to our office buildings is limited only to customers with personal appointments. We kindly ask you – if possible – to come without accompanying persons to the appointment.

Payment options

You can pay in cash or with a debit card (Girocard) (with PIN) at this location.

Additional information

  • Payments are also possible by credit card (VISA, Mastercard and Maestro).
  • Photo booth and copier (charge) are located at the cashier (house A, first floor).

Permanent settlement permit for children (aged over 16)

Granting of a permanent settlement permit for foreigners

  • who were born in the federal territory
  • or who were minors when they moved to the federal territory with or to join their parents,
  • have possessed a temporary residence permit for at least five years, and
  • have reached the age of 16.


  • At least 16 years old
    A child does not become eligible to obtain a permanent settlement permit until it has reached the age of 16.

    Foreigners who have reached the age of majority may also receive a permanent settlement permit on this basis, provided they travelled to the federal territory to join their family and the first issue of a temporary residence permit was before they reached the age of 18.
  • 5 years in possession of a valid residence permit
    The residence permit must have been issued for family reasons and must have been available for at least five years without interruption.

    Minors must already have the residence permit at the age of 16 for 5 years.
  • Education or secure livelihood
    The child must be completing a vocational training course that will lead to a recognised school, professional or academic qualification.
    This applies in case or ordinary and regular
    • school attendance,
    • company apprenticeship,
    • degree course.
    Vocational preparation, basic vocational training or an internship do not lead to a recognised professional qualification.
    Where the child is not completing a vocational training course, its subsistence must be ensured without public benefits according to the Social Code II or XI (unemployment benefits II or social welfare).
  • No criminal record
    Even fines may prevent the granting of a permanent settlement permit.
  • Main residence in Berlin
  • Personal appearance together with the parents
    • Children aged between 16 and 17 are not permitted to place their applications themselves. They must therefore be accompanied by at least one legal guardian.
    • In most cases the legal guardians will be the parents with joint custody rights or one parent with sole custody rights.
    • Only children that have reached the age of majority (aged 18) are permitted to come alone.

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
  • Proof of secured livelihood (original)
    Where the child is not completing school, vocational or academic education, proof that its subsistence is ensured must be submitted, for instance:
    • contract of employment, certification from the employer or ongoing employment (not older than 14 days) as well as payslips since the last issue of a temporary residence permit, or
    • documents confirming income from self-employment.

    The parents of children that are not completing a school or vocational education must submit proof of subsistence.
  • Qualifications
    The following must be submitted
    • for schoolchildren: all school reports and a current certificate of attendance
    • for apprentices: the apprenticeship contract, apprenticeship reports and a current certificate of attendance from the training institution
    • for students: a current certificate of enrolment and proof of progress (e.g. passed intermediate examinations, credit points or similar).
  • If necessary: written power of proxy from one parent.
    Where the parents have joint custody rights, they must attend the appointment together and jointly place the application for their minor-age child (refer to the section "Requirements").

    Where one parent with custody rights is unable to attend the appointment, he or she must issue a power of proxy for the other parent with custody rights. This power of proxy allows the other parent to apply for the permanent residence permit on behalf of their mutual child.


  • For adults: 113.00 euros
  • For minors: 55.00 euros
For Turkish citizens
  • up to the age of 24 years: 22.80 euros for the issue, 11.40 euros if the application must be rejected
  • from the age of 24 years: 37.00 euros for the issue, 18.50 euros if the application must be rejected