The Residence Act classifies five different residence titles in total:
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- residence permit,
- EU Blue Card
- permission for permanent residence in EU,
- settlement permit and
The residence permit, the EU Blue Card and visa are each granted for a limited period. The settlement permit and the permission for permanent residence in EU are unlimited.
A residence title authorises employment if this is specified in the Residence Act or the residence title expressly allows this.
A residence title can be applied for at the concerned immigration office. The venue depends on the actual or intended stay of the foreigner. Thus, all extensions and changes to residence permits, including the deletion or partial cancellation of existing ancillary provisions must be applied for at the immigration office responsible for the place of residence.
Foreign missions (embassies, consulates) are responsible for those, who do not live in Germany.