Required Documents for PR Application
When applying for permanent residency, you must submit the following documents:
- Passport and visa
- Your job offer letter with mention of income to prove you can support yourself and your family
- Proof of educational and professional qualifications
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of having a health insurance
- Certificate proving you have B1 level knowledge of the German language
- Certificate of your degree if you have studied in a German university
- Marriage certificate if you are married to a German citizen
- Letter from your employer/university
Once you submit your PR application, the processing usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.
What Does a PR Visa Mean?
The benefits of having a PR visa are many.
- Once you get your PR visa, there is no need to contact the local Foreigners Office (Ausländerbehörde) for every approval or permission to changing your house or job to extending your visa.
- With a permanent residence permit, you can apply for any type of job or look for any kind of employment even though it may not be related to your studies. If you are in Germany on an ordinary visa or a jobseeker visa you will not be allowed to apply or take up a job unrelated to your profession.
- With a PR visa, you are eligible to start your own business or startup in Germany. The good news is that the German government is giving a lot of incentives to startups.
- With a PR visa, you are entitled to social benefits such as childcare benefits, healthcare benefits, and welfare benefits if you lose your job or are laid off.
- A PR visa holder gets the benefit of being able to study any course of his choice in a German university for which he can get a scholarship or financial aid if required.
- Freedom of movement within the EU countries is possible for PR visa countries. They require no visa to visit or work in any other European country under the EU.
- PR visa holders have easy access to bank loans in case they want to buy a house in Germany.
EU Blue Card
The EU Blue Card is a residence permit that does not require a visa. With the EU Blue Card, you can live and work in Germany for four years before applying for a permanent residency. It has the same privileges as the German PR.
- You can move to another country in the EU after completing 18 months of stay in Germany
- Get a residence permit to other EU countries on certain conditions
- Get full access to work opportunities and social security schemes in the EU