§26 Abs. 3 S. 1 AufenthG – Permanent residence permit: refugees and recipients of political asylum 


The permanent residence permit in according to § 26 para. 3 s. 1 AufenthG depends on a number of conditions. It requires you to be in possession of a residence permit as a refugee or a person entitled to asylum for at least three years. In addition, you must provide proof of language skills at the B1 level (exam certificate). Furthermore, 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:

The specific requirements vary, depending on whether you apply for the residence permit after three or after five years:

Residence permit for 3 years

Residence permit for 5 years

Sufficient financial means for covering

approx. 75 % of your living expenses

Sufficient financial means for covering approx. 51 % of your living expenses

Advanced knowledge of German language (C1)

Elementary knowledge of German language (A2)

Sufficient health insurance

Sufficient health insurance

Sufficient housing

Sufficient housing

No criminal record

No criminal record

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.