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Residence permit for a freelance employment - Issuance at the location Berlin Immigration Office, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer

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Current information on this location

  • Please note the information about service at our locations from November 8th on our website.

  • Due to maintenance work, the online appointment arrangement will probably not be available from Friday, November 5th, 2021 (4:00 p.m.) to expected Monday, November 8th, 2021 (8:00 a.m.). We ask for your understanding.

Opening hours

Monday
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
Tuesday
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
Wednesday
By appointment only
Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (In principle only by appointment)
Friday
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

  • Due to the pandemic outbreak of Covid-19 please wear a mask of the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2 as soon as you enter the service building.
  • If you can prove with a medical certificate that you are exempt from the mask requirement, you can visit in person in accordance with the so-called 3-G rule (you need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested).
  • f possible we kindly ask you to come without accompanying persons.

Payment options

Girocard
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).

Residence permit for a freelance employment - Issuance

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.

Prerequisites

  • Freelance employment
    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").
  • Adequate pension plan (only if you have already completed the 45th year of life)
    Perspectively, at the age of 67, you must have the following:
    • a monthly pension of 1,332.36 euros (for at least 12 years) or
    • an asset amount of 194,631.00 euros.
    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
    (Note: An adequate pension is always necessary for the issuance of a permanent settlement permit - regardless of age or nationality.)
  • Main residence in Berlin
  • In-person visit

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
  • Form "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit)
    Only required for first-time application
  • Revenue forecast
    see section "Forms"
  • 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)
  • Fee contracts
  • Resume / Curriculum vitae
    Details of professional career, qualification certificates, diploma, references/sponsors
  • Professional permit
    If a permit is required for the freelance occupation, e.g. a license to practice law (original)
  • Health insurance
    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
    Original
  • 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 (Meldebestätigung) or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
    More on the topic in the section "More information"

Fees

  • 100.00 euros
Turkish nationals (for first issuance as well as for extension)
  • Up to the age of 24 years: 22.80 euros
  • From the age of 24 years: 37.00 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.