- You may not receive benefits from the jobcentre or social welfare office; which means you have to be able to cover all your expenses with your wages.
- You must be able to speak German at the A2 level and provide proof for your language proficiency.
- You must have enough living space for your family. The apartment's size requirements vary from one federal state to another. Ask the staff at the Immigration Office or seek help from a counselling centre if you need more information in this regard.
- You must have health insurance.
- You must have successfully completed the orientation course.
- You must not have a criminal record.
- You must have had a residence permit for at least 5 years, the duration of your asylum procedure included.
- The reason for your recognition as an individual entitled to protection should be still relevant.
If you have a residence permit as an individual entitled to subsidiary protection, you have to fulfil further requirements. For instance, must contribute to pension insurance ("Rentenversicherung") for at least 60 months before you can apply.
If you have been issued a residence permit as a result of being entitled to a national ban on deportation, you cannot apply for a permanent EC residence permit.
You can apply for a permanent EC residence at the appropriate immigration office. To do so, you need to take the same steps described in the section "Where can I apply for a permanent residence permit?". You then can go ahead and apply for a residence permit from the EU country of your choice. You can find out how in the next sections.