It is not the same as becoming a German citizen and having a German passport, but it offers much more security than having a Temporary Residence Permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis).
Those from the EU or EEA do not need to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis), sometimes called a settled permit, because they already have the right to live and work in Germany and also have the option to apply for the EC long-term residence permit, also known as an EU Residence Permit.
UK citizens, along with all other non-EU and non-EEA citizens living in Germany are able to apply for this permanent permit, after a period of at least five years in the country.
In some instances, it is possible to gain a Permanent Residence Permit in just two years. This applies to those who have graduated from a German university and then lived and worked in Germany for two years.
Individuals married to German citizens may be able to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit after three years. The other way to be fast-tracked is if you are highly qualified in a specific technical/research area.
These are only issued after living in Germany for a period of more than five years, and you must have had a temporary residence permit or visa for that length of time. You will need to have enough knowledge of the German language, as well as an understanding of local laws and customs.
1.Completed application form (Antrag auf Erteilung der Niederlassungserlaubnis)
Proof of current and paid health insurance (at least 60 months of social security contributions)
Recognised certificate of knowledge of the German language; at least B1 level German
1 x biometric photo
Certificate of German degree (if applying for a fast-tracked Permanent Residence Permit as a graduate of a German university)
Marriage Certificate (if applying for a fast-tracked Permanent Residence Permit as a result of being married to a German citizen)
Proof of being financially secure (bank statements for employed individuals and tax returns for self-employed)
A letter from your employer/or university
Proof of accommodation and registration (Anmeldungsbestätigung)
Professional license (if applying for fast-tracked Permanent Residence Permit as a result of being highly skilled in a field)
You must have a minimum of 6 months of experience and Graduation qualification to qualify as per the H+ Anabin University List.
Applicants from Mumbai or Delhi region must have 16 years of regular education either 4 years Bachelor’s degree or 3 years Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree.
Must be a graduate
Have proof that you have completed 15 years of regular education
Proficiency in English is compulsory
A German-language knowledge though not mandatory will help you in your job search
Documents that prove you have enough funds for a six-month stay in Germany
Proof that you have arranged your accommodation for six months
The short processing time of under six months helps you plan your course of action.
The period of six months provides ample time to find a job matching your skills and qualifications.
Eligibility to apply for an EU blue card once you secure a job.