The EU permanent residence permit is an unlimited residence title and serves to consolidate a foreigner's residence in Germany. It entitles the holder to employment as an employee or to self-employment in Germany.
In this respect, the EU permanent residence permit is equivalent to a "national" settlement permit (see "Related Topics").
On the other hand, the EU permanent residence permit is also the basis for obtaining a right of residence and permission to take up employment in another EU member state under simplified conditions. In this way, a third-country national also obtains a certain freedom of movement within the European Union. The holder of a "national" settlement permit, on the other hand, can only take advantage of the so-called Schengen freedom of travel in the member states of the European Union (stay only for visiting purposes for a maximum of 90 days per period of 180 days).
The conditions for issuance essentially correspond to those of the "national" settlement permit (see "Related Topics"). However, stricter requirements are imposed than for the "national" settlement permit, for example with regard to securing the livelihood of the foreigner and his or her dependents, whom he or she must support.
Excluded from the issuance of a permit for permanent residence-EU are:
- Holders of some residence titles for humanitarian reasons, as well as foreigners who have applied for one.
- Foreigners who have applied for humanitarian protection status in another member state, as long as a decision on this has not yet been made.
- Persons staying in the territory for the purpose of studies or vocational training.