Residence permit for permanent residence-EC

The EC permanent residence permit entitles the holder to pursue an economic activity.

The EC permanent residence permit is an independent, permanent residence permit. It entitles the holder to pursue gainful employment. In contrast to the settlement permit, the EC permanent residence permit is governed by Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 on the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents (Permanent Residence Directive). Unlike the settlement permit, it allows mobility within most Member States of the European Union.

Since 1 September 2011, these residence permits have generally been issued as electronic residence permits (eAT) in credit card format. Among other things, biometric features (1 photograph, 2 fingerprints) are also stored in it. In addition, the eAT can optionally also be used as electronic proof of identity (eID) in the course of e-government and e-business as well as for electronic signatures.

In addition to an informal written application, documents proving the existence of the conditions for grant must be submitted.
In addition to sufficient knowledge of German, this also includes securing a livelihood. In addition, basic knowledge of the German legal and social order, an appropriate pension and the uninterrupted possession of a residence permit in Germany for at least five years are required.
The competent immigration/immigration authority will provide information on this in each individual case.


Further information on the eAT can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

  • The electronic residence permit (eAT)
  • § 9a - § 9c Act on the Residence, Employment and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory (Residence Act - AufenthG),
  • § 44 Residence Ordinance (AufenthV),
  • § 69 AufenthG

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  • § 9 AufenthG
  • § 44 AufenthV
  • § 69 AufenthG (DE)

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