You need to meet the following requirements to obtain a permanent residence permit:
- You may not receive benefits from the jobcentre or social welfare office currently or in the future; which means you have to be able to cover all your expenses with your wages.
- You have to speak German at level B1 and provide relevant evidence.
- You must have enough living space for yourself and your family. The standard size varies from state to state- ask the staff responsible for you at the Immigration Office or a counselling centre for more information.
- You must have completed the orientation course. The orientation course is part of the integration course, where participants learn about the society and history of Germany.
- You must not have committed any major crime.
- You must have had your residence permit for at least five years.
- If you are entitled to asylum, recognised refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection, the duration of your asylum procedure is also included.
Important: If you have been issued a residence permit as a result of being entitled to a national ban on deportation, you cannot apply for an EU permanent residence permit.