§28 para. 2 AufenthG – Permanent residence permit for family members of German nationals 


The permanent residence permit in compliance with §28 para. 2 AufenthG depends on a number of conditions. If you are a holder of a residence permit for family members of a German citizen, you can apply for the permanent residence permit after three years, providing that your family-relationship continues. In addition, you must have the financial means to sustainably cover your living expenses. You should provide a work contract that is valid for an unlimited period of time or at least one more year and you should no longer be in the probationary period.

Main requirements:

  • In possession of a residence permit in accordance with §28 para. 1 AufenthG for 3 years
  • Continued cohabitation of the family in the territory of Germany
  • Sufficient knowledge of the German language (B1)
  • No criminal record
  • Sufficient financial means
  • Sufficient housing

Disclaimer of the Foreigners' Registration Office Potsdam

The information on this website is merely intended as a guideline. There is no guarantee for the completeness and correctness concerning the information provided on this website. The completeness of the stated documents does not mean that the residence permit will be issued. Each case must be assessed individually. Therefore, the requested documents may vary.