Niederlassungserlaubnis (settlement permit)

The settlement permit, along with the residence permit, is one of two residence titles that a person can receive after being successfully admitted to reside in Germany. In contrast to the residence permit, the settlement permit has no time limit. It allows immigrants to reside, work, and earn money in Germany permanently. Recognized refugees receive a settlement permit after three years from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), provided the status has not been revoked.

Persons entitled to subsidiary protection or other foreign nationals can receive a settlement permit if they have had a residence permit for five years, speak German well, have no previous convictions, and have been working for for the entirety of that period. Highly qualified immigrants can be issued a settlement permit even sooner.