Residence for the purpose of self-employed or freelance work

Residence permit for entrepreneurs and freelancers.
  • valid passport
  • 1 current biometric passport photo 35mm x 45mm, light background
  • Company profile (not required for freelancers)
  • Business plan (not required for freelancers)
  • Business concept (not required for freelancers)
  • Capital requirement plan (not required for freelancers)
  • Financing plan
  • Yield forecast
  • curriculum vitae
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Professional license, if it is necessary for the practice of the profession (e.g. admission to a lawyer)
  • Appropriate retirement provision (only if you have already reached the age of 45)


The prerequisite for admission to self-employment or starting a business is an economic interest or a regional need, a positive impact on the economy and secure financing.

The prerequisite for admission to freelance work is a public interest in this work.


In addition to the local foreigners departments, the Hamburg Welcome Center (HWC) is also available for the following group of people:
  • Employees from the fields of science, research and development
  • Highly qualified employees with an annual gross salary of EUR 66,000 or more
  • Researchers
  • Self-employed people, freelancers
Section 21 Residence Act (AufenthG)

Related Links

  • Federal Employment Agency (Hamburg Employment Agency)
  • Foreigner matters
  • Leaflet overview on immigration matters (visa) of the Central Immigration Office, HTML
  • Law on the residence, employment and integration of foreigners in the federal territory
  • Online service: Hamburg residence permit

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