UK citizens, along with all other non-EU and non-EEA citizens living in Germany are able to apply for this permanent permit, after a period of at least five years in the country.
In some instances, it is possible to gain a Permanent Residence Permit in just two years. This applies to those who have graduated from a German university and then lived and worked in Germany for two years. Individuals married to German citizens may be able to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit after three years. The other way to be fast-tracked is if you are highly qualified in a specific technical/research area.
How can I stay in Germany permanently?
Those with a Permanent (Settled) Residence Permit can stay in Germany permanently. However, the next step, should you choose it, is to apply for naturalization (becoming a German Citizen), which is possible after 8 years as a permanent resident.
How do I become a resident of Germany?
You are technically already a resident of Germany if you have any long-stay visa or temporary residence permit. But, if you want to become a permanent resident of Germany, then you need to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit. These are only issued after living in Germany for a period of more than five years, and you must have had a temporary residence permit or visa for that length of time. You will need to have enough knowledge of German language, as well as an understanding of local laws and customs.
Can you travel with German residence permit?
Yes, with a Permanent Residence Permit you can travel freely in the EU.
What happens if you overstay your visa in Germany?
Visa are granted for a range of time periods, often dependant on the length of a study period or a job contract. It’s really important not to overstay the time granted on your visa. Overstaying on a visa is a legal offence, renders you an illegal immigrant, and could result in deportation.