Residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment Grant for freelancers

You can obtain a residence permit for freelancers if you want to pursue a freelance activity in Germany. The professional activities include the independent scientific, artistic, literary, teaching, educational or other independent professional activities in accordance with Section 18 (1) of the Income Tax Act (e.B. self-employed doctors, notaries, tax consultants) If necessary, you must present a work permit. The professional licence is a state professional licence with which persons in Germany are allowed to work in a particular profession (e.B. medical professions, lawyers). If you do not yet have a work permit, it is sufficient if you prove that the grant has been promised.

Valid passport or passport replacement Visa if this was necessary for entry to Germany Current biometric photo Ggfls. Permission to pursue the liberal profession or a commitment to grant it Proof of subsistence (e.B. equity, blocked account, commitment) Proof of your health insurance Current registration certificate If you have reached the age of 45: proof of adequate pension provision (e.B. proof of own assets, acquired pension rights, business assets) In individual cases, the immigration authority may request further documents.

Online procedure possible in some cases Written form required Personal appearance required

You have a recognised and valid passport or passport replacement and, if this is necessary for entry to Germany - a suitable visa. There is no interest in expulsion against you. Your stay does not endanger or affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. They want to pursue an independent, freelance activity in Germany. You have the necessary permission to carry out your professional activity or you have been assured that the competent authority will grant the permit. If you have reached the age of 45, you can prove that you have adequate pension provision. You can secure your livelihood and health insurance cover from your own resources without using public services.
Federal Government portal for skilled workers from abroad

The procedure is as follows: Depending on the immigration authority and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out if your immigration authority offers the electronic application for a residence permit. If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the immigration authority. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your evidence will be checked (bring it with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT card). In the event of an electronic application, the immigration authority will contact you after receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the immigration office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT card). If your request is met, the immigration authority will arrange for the eAT card to be produced. After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT card from the immigration office. The eAT card must always be taken up in person.