Each time we issue a certificate of residential status we make a decision regarding whether, and to what extent, you may work.
In the case of some certificates of residential status, the Federal Employment Agency (in the case of employees) or the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber of Crafts or the Trade Association (in the case of the self-employed) may be involved before permission to work is granted.
In the case of an employed post, you must ask your employer to fill in a job description. Your employer should use this form to describe the job and the required qualifications, and should also provide information regarding working hours and wages.
An informal application is sufficient in the case of intended self-employment.
It is possible to receive a residence permit in order to take up an employed or self-employed activity.
In the event that you intend to travel to Germany for this reason, please apply for a visa issued to those intending to take up employment (category D) from a German representative office. Involvement by the Federal Employment Agency, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber of Crafts or the Trade Association is also required in these cases.
In the event of self-employment, you must, additionally, fulfil the following conditions.
Foreigners' Registration Office
Rechts- und Ausländeramt
Tel. 02 51/4 92-36 36
Fax 02 51/4 92-79 71
Opening times information desk:
Emergency office hours:
Opening times for appointments:
Mondays to Fridays:
8 am - 12.30 pm
Mondays and Tuesdays:
1.30 pm - 4 pm
Thursdays: 1.30 pm - 6 pm
Hotline +49(0)251/4 92-36 36:
Monday and Friday:
8 am - 12 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday
8 am - 4 pm
8 am - 12 pm
3 pm – 6 pm