Which type of residence permit?
Let’s take a look at a basic overview.
This permit – known as an "Aufenthaltserlaubnis" – is suitable if you’re moving to Germany to work, study or be with your spouse. It lasts for one year and can be extended subject to certain requirements.
EU Blue Card
Similar to temporary residence, this option is open to highly skilled non-EU citizens holding a job offer (especially in IT or STEM) with a salary of €50,800 or over.
Permanent residence: Also known as a settlement permit or Niederlassungserlaubnis allows the holder to work and travel internationally and is usually only granted following a temporary residence permit. With a permanent residence permit, your family members may be eligible for residency cards.
What are the requirements for health insurance?
In addition to the obvious criteria, like a clean criminal record and a decent level of German, permit applicants need to hold health insurance. This requirement is set down in German law.
The choice between public and private health insurance will depend on several factors. Check out our guide here to learn more about which is best for you. In general, private health insurance is more extensive. It is also far more affordable than in other countries. International health insurance very rarely meets the conditions for residency permits. However, policies from German providers are more likely to make the grade; ottonova’s specially designed expat cover is a perfect example.