A residence permit may be issued for a freelance occupation if it is expected to have a positive economic or cultural impact.
Freelance occupations include, for example, artists, writers, language teachers and self-employed doctors, engineers, auditors, interpreters or architects.
It must be a self-employed academic, artistic, literary, teaching, educational or other self-employed professional occupation in accordance with s. 18 (1) Income Tax Act (see section "Further Information").
Main residence in Berlin
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
The form “Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit)
Only required for first-time application
Regarding artists and language teachers: Proof of other regular income
E.g. own assets, regular transfers from dependent parents, submission of a declaration of obligation by a solvent third party
If you want to work on a fee basis: Letter of intent for the collaboration
Submission of at least two declarations of intent (with information on type, scope and description of the occupation)
Details of professional career, qualification certificates, diploma, references/sponsors
If a permit is required for the freelance occupation, e.g. a license to practice law (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 "Information on adequate health insurance".
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 are above the age of 45:
An offer from a private pension or life insurer must be submitted which guarantees
- a monthly pension of 1,188.92 euros after the age of 67 (for at least 12 years)
- or guarantees an asset amount of 175,068 euros.
Alternatively, evidence can also be provided from currently available assets.
Proof of a pension plan is not required for these nationalities: Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United States of America
An adequate pension is always necessary for the issuance of a permanent settlement permit - regardless of age or nationality.
Proof of main residence in Berlin
- Certificate of registration at the main residence (Meldebestätigung) or
- lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
The following fees are assessed based on the actual technical effort when issuing the residence permit.
- 56.00 to 100.00 euros
- Turkish citizens: a maximum of 28.80 euros
Average time to process request
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.
You can only make use of this service at the
Foreigners Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) of the State Administration Authority (Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten),
at the Berlin-Tiergarten site, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24.
Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten