As a recognised refugee or individual entitled to asylum, you must meet the following requirements to obtain a permanent residence permit:
- You may receive few or no benefits from the jobcentre or social welfare office; which means you have to be able to cover most of your expenses with your wages. The permissible percentage of welfare support you can receive from the jobcentre or social welfare office varies from one federal state to the other. For more information, seek advice from the staff at the Immigration Office or a counselling centre.
- You must be able to speak German at the A2 level and provide proof for your language proficiency. If you want to apply for a permanent residence permit three years after your arrival in Germany, you must speak German at the C1 level.
- 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 3 (or 5) years, the duration of your asylum procedure included.
- The reason for your recognition as an individual entitled to protection should still be relevant.
If you have a residence permit as an individual entitled to subsidiary protection or due to a National Ban on Deportation, you have to fulfil further requirements. For instance, in this case, you cannot receive government benefits, and you must contribute to pension insurance ("Rentenversicherung") for at least 60 months before you can apply for a permanent residence permit.