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Getting the Permanent Residence Permit In Germany with and without the Blue Card

Expatriates Asked by HelloWorldGuy on November 28, 2020

In this question I asked about new conditions or changes for the blue card:

Are there new conditions for Getting the EU Blue Card in Germany?

Now I want to know, if I don’t have the blue card, and I am working with IT in Germany, with a regular/alternative permit.

What are the steps I need to take to get the Permanent Residence Permit?

2 Answers

After 5 years, you will become a “long-term resident” under EU law but it does not make all that much of a difference.

After 5 years, you can also apply for a Niederlassungserlaubnis but there are a number of conditions to meet, most importantly:

  • Having contributed to the social security system for 60 months
  • Knowing (some) German
  • Having a job, sufficient means of existence and room to live in
  • Good morality (and in particular no criminal conviction)

The requirements for Blue card holders are somewhat lighter (e.g. 21 or 33 months instead of 60, depending on your knowledge of German). “Simple” knowledge of German is required in any case.

It is permanent in the sense that once you have it, you have a stronger protection against any removal and don't need to regularly renew it and prove you still meet the conditions (you do need to get a new document with a new photo once in a while, including when you get a new passport but that's a formality). You are also free to take any job or stop working without threatening your right to stay in the country. You can however lose it if you leave Germany for more than 6 months.

Correct answer by Gala on November 28, 2020

I came across something curious:

The European Union Blue Card directive applies to highly qualified non-EU nationals seeking to be admitted to the territory of a Member State of the European Union (common European Union immigration policy), excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, for more than three months for the purposes of employment and residence. The EU Blue card also allows qualifying individuals to bring their close family with them.

Is this correct?

Answered by Maks Turov on November 28, 2020

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