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How to fast-track your permanent residence permit in Germany

Guides to living in Germany. For you to be allowed to stay in Germany for as long as you want you will be required to obtain the German Permanent Residence Permit known as Niederlassungserlaubnis. Here’s how to gain fast-track permanent German residence:

There are some key exceptions that will allow you to secure a settlement permit much more quickly:

1.Complete a degree or vocational training

Studying at a German university or completing vocational training in Germany many entitle you to fast-tracked permanent residence. For example; should you have done a two-year course or trained as a plumber then get a job, you can apply for a settlement permit after just two years in a job.

Should you start your course straight after arriving in Germany and manage to find skilled work as soon as you graduate, you could be able to attain your new permit within four years of moving to Germany rather than five. You will, however, need to have attained at least B1-level German.

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2.Be a skilled worker

Being well-qualified and having a job as a skilled worker can allow you to apply for residence after four years. One will however need to have paid pension and health insurance contributions for the entire time and have an intermediate (B1) level of German.

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3. Prove that one is a ‘successful’ business owner

One of the ways to fast track a German residence permit is to prove you earn above a certain threshold as a self-employed business owner. You will have to prove that the income from your business is sufficient to take care of you and your family.

You will also have to have paid into a pension pot or show that you have around €200,000 in assets that will enable you to look after yourself in your old age. As always, health insurance is also a must, though language skills are not required. 

If you meet all these conditions, you may be entitled to a permanent residence permit after only three years.

4. Having a German family member

Marrying someone might be better but having a German family member could be an easier way to attain German residency. You will still need to prove you have sufficient knowledge of German (B1) and you will also need to live as a family unit for at least three years.

5. Getting an EU Blue card

If you have sought after skills like engineering or tech you can come to Europe on a Blue Card. If a person has a B1 German and are in employment then you can gain a settlement permit in just 21 months.

Blue-card holders with a basic level of German can attain their permanent residence title after just 33 months in the country, provided they’ve been employed and paid pension contributions the entire time. 

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6. Become a civil servant

If you’re an African in Germany working a life-long tenure for a public service employer in Germany, you can apply for your settlement permit after just three years. The need to show 60 months of pension contributions is also waived.

Source: The Local