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Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment

To take up self-employment, you can apply for a temporary residence permit.

A residence permit is a residence permit. The residence permit can only be issued for a specific purpose, such as taking up self-employment.

Process flow

You can only apply for a residence permit in person at the aliens' registration office responsible for your place of residence.

  • You submit the required documents in the original and pay the application fee.
  • The Aliens' Registration Office will check whether the conditions for issuing the permit are met.
  • Other authorities may also be involved.
  • If all requirements are met, the Aliens' Registration Office will take your biometric data (photo, fingerprints) and order the electronic residence permit (eAT) from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • As soon as the eAT is ready, it will be handed over to you by the Aliens' Registration Office.


You can only be granted a residence permit if

  • there is an economic interest or a regional need for the activity and
  • the activity is expected to have a positive impact on the economy in Germany and
  • the financing of the implementation is secured by equity capital or by a loan commitment.

If you have already reached the age of 45, appropriate old-age provision is also required.

Furthermore, the general granting requirements for a residence permit must be fulfilled.

These are in particular

  • a secure livelihood,
  • a clarified identity,
  • possession of a valid national passport.

Which documents are required?

  • Valid national passport
  • Proof of health insurance;
  • Rental contract
  • Curriculum vitae and proof of qualifications for previous activities and training (degree certificates, diplomas or certificates)
  • Financing plan / business plan
  • 1 current biometric photo
  • Please enquire at the immigration office responsible for you whether you need to submit further documents.

What are the fees?

Fee: 100,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Application before the expiry of the current residence title. It is recommended to apply 4 to 6 weeks before the current residence title expires.

The residence permit is issued for a maximum of 3 years.

Processing duration

The processing time depends on the workload at the locally responsible foreigners authority.

Applications / forms

  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: yes


  • Administrative court action

Detailed information on how to file a lawsuit can be found in the decision rejecting your application.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)