What is permanent residence (Niederlassungserlaubnis)?

German permanent residence (Niederlassungserlaubnis) lets you live, work and study in Germany. You can get permanent residence after 21 to 60 months in Germany.

It’s better than a residence permit because…

  • It’s permanent. You don’t need to renew it.
  • It’s flexible. It’s not tied to your income or occupation.
  • It’s more trusted. It’s easier to get credit or a mortgage.

It’s not as good as German citizenship because…1

  • You can’t vote in elections.
  • If you leave Germany for a long time, you lose it.
  • If you commit a serious crime, you can lose it.
Sources and footnotes
  1. migrando.de