Entry with a residence title of another Schengen country
Issuance of a residence title
If you have a residence title of another Schengen country 1, you can be issued with a German residence title after your entry.
However, this applies only if you have a right to a residence title pursuant to the German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz).
In particular, you have a right to a residence title in the following cases:
- You have an EU long-term residence permit 2
- Issuance of a EU Blue Card
- You have immigrated to join your German relatives
- You have immigrated to join your spouse or same-sex life partner
In particular, you do not have a right in the following cases:
- You start education or training
- You intend to start an economic activity (except within the framework of an EU Blue Card)
2 EU long-term residence permits of these countries are not included: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland and Romania
Exceptions for certain countries
Special privileges apply to certain countries. You can apply for any residence title in the federal territory without needing to have a right to this title.
This applies to the following countries:
- Andorra 3
- El Salvador 3
- Honduras 3
- Monaco 3
- New Zealand
- San Marino 3
- South Korea
- United States of America
You are not permitted to work in Germany with a residence title of another Schengen country.
Traveling in the Schengen area
With a residence title of another Schengen country, you can travel to the following countries in the Schengen area for no more than 90 days within a period of 180 days:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain