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Self-employed persons

You can receive a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment if there is an economic interest or a regional need, if the activity is expected to have positive effects on the economy and the funding is secured (section 21 subs. 1 sentence 1 of the Residence Act).

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 22 et seqq. and page 36

Have you graduated from a German higher education institution or, as a researcher or academic, have a residence permit for the purpose of employment or research? Then you may already receive a residence title for the purpose of self-employment if the intended activity is connected with the knowledge acquired in the university education or with the previous activity as an academic or researcher (section 21 subs. 2a of the Residence Act).

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 23 et seqq. and page 36

Date 1 January 2014

Additional Information

You will find useful information here

For further information see the indicated addresses or the link “important contacts” at the end of the list.

work and job (The Federal Employment Agency)

Telephone: Hotline +49 1801 555111
homepage: Federal Employment Agency

Important addresses

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Wichtige Mitteilung


There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.Interviewers from reputable survey institutes who are currently conducting interviews as part of research projects in which data are collected on a voluntary basis clearly state who they are working for. They also give the name of the survey institute and prove this by showing the appropriate documentation. This means that you can make enquiries should you have any doubts.

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