Residence title for former Germans
A former German is granted
- a permanent settlement permit if he or she had been habitually resident in the federal territory for five years upon losing German nationality or
- a temporary residence permit if he or she had been habitually resident in the federal territory for at least one year upon losing German nationality.
- Acquisition of foreign nationality (after 01/01/2000) and simultaneous possession of a German ID card and/or passport.
- Main residence in Berlin
For the issue or extension of the residence permit, the personal interview is required. For minor children, the interview is only required from the age of 6 years.
- Valid foreign passport
The form "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) - filled out
Application form is only to required when applying for the first time.
German Id-Card (Personalausweis), German passport
A notice of loss must be obtained if German ID documents are lost. It is issued by any district office in Berlin.
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 registered periods of residency in Berlin from 01/01/1995
- You can obtain the extended certificate of registration (at a charge) from any district office (Bürgeramt) in Berlin or from the State Office for Residents’ and Regulatory Affairs (Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten). If possible, submit a print-out of this service description for this purpose.
- Other documents confirming your residency are necessary if you have lived at one or several locations in another federal state in the meantime. They may be employment contracts, rent contracts or references.
Proof of acquisition of foreign nationality
- In original, with translation: e.g. naturalisation certificate, excerpt from the civil registry or certification from the consulate general or embassy, also the Nüfus Kayit Örnegi for Turkish nationals
- Only required when applying for the first time
Proof of acquisition of German nationality
Proof of good conduct (Führungszeugnis; not older than 3 months)
Proof of good conduct can be applied for (at a charge) with any district office (Bürgeramt) in Berlin. A certificate of good conduct for personal reasons is sufficient.
Proof of good conduct is only necessary when applying for a residence title for the first time.
Proof of a secure livelihood
All documents must be presented in original:
- Employees: Employment contract, Certificate of employment, salary slips of the last 6 months
- Entrepreneurs and self-employed: audit report form prepared by a tax consultant, auditor or a lawyer with relevant professional experience (e.g. a specialist lawyer for tax law), last tax assessment
- Freelancers: Tax assessments, bank statements, Invoices,e.g. from galleries and auction houses and the like that show a regular inflow
- Retirees: Notice of pension approval
Lease or proof of home ownership
Rental cost / expenses for property
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
- Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) - in German, English, French, Italian
- Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) - in German, Greek, Turkish, Vietnamese
- Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) - in German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
- Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) - in German, Serbian, Bosnian
- Leaflet "Health insurance"
- Audit report form (Prüfungsbericht) for entrepeneurs, self-employed persons and freelancers
For the first issuance of the residence permit:
- Adults: 100.00 euros
- Minors: 50.00 euros
- Adults: 93.00 euros
- Minors: 46.50 euros
- From the age of 24 years: a maximum of 37.00 euros
- Until the age of 24 years: a maximum of 22.80 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.
Hinweise zur Zuständigkeit
- Permanent settlement permit (general)
- Permanent settlement permit for children (aged over 16)
- Permanent settlement permit for EU Blue Card holders
- Permanent settlement permit for family members of German citizens
- Permanent settlement permit for persons recognised as being entitled to asylum and refugees
- Permanent settlement permit for qualified skilled workers
- Permanent settlement permit for self-employed persons