As a recognised refugee or individual entitled to asylum, you must meet the following requirements to obtain a permanent residence permit:
- You must have had a residence permit for at least 3 (or 5) years, the duration of your asylum procedure included.
- 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 may receive only some 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, but In principle, it is at least 50% to 75%. For more information, seek advice from the staff at the Immigration Office or a counselling centre.
- You must have enough living space for your family. The apartment's size requirements vary from one federal state to another. Your home must be big enough for your family. In principle, you need 12 square meters per family member aged 6 and over. For children under 6 years old, 10 square meters is enough. Babies up to 2 years of age are not included. In exceptional cases, an apartment can be a little smaller. 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.
- The reason for your recognition as an individual entitled to protection should still be relevant, so BAMF cannot revoke your recognition.