Right of residence

Can I permanently stay in Germany?

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If you do not have German citizenship, you will need a residence permit in order to live in Germany. In case you only plan to stay here for a short period of time, a visa is sufficient. But to make Germany your permanent place of residence, you require a residence permit.

In this chapter, we explain the most important differences between residence permits, the forms of protection for refugees and the relevant prerequisites.

I am a Refugee

What forms of protection exist?

Refugee protection

Entitlement to asylum

Subsidiary protection

National ban on deportation

How can I extend my residence permit?

Permanent residence permit for refugees


Entitlement to refugee protection or asylum rights is not possible if there is another region in your homeland which you can reach legally and live in safely.

People who have committed war crimes or severe non-political offences which violate the aims and principles of the United Nations outside of Germany may not be recognized as being entitled to refugee protection or asylum. The same applies to people who have been sentenced to imprisonment for non-political crimes, if they are perceived as a threat to Germany or to the general public.                                                         

Even if you have not been granted any of the three forms of protection or a national ban on deportation, there are other ways to stay in Germany. You can find out more in the "Rejected Asylum" chapter.


I have entered Germany with a visa

What kind of residence permit can I apply for?

The EU Blue Card