There are a few different ways to be living permanently in Germany. Depending on your country of origin, you can apply for a settlement permit. Furthermore, after eight (8) years of permanent residency, you can apply for German citizenship through naturalisation and enjoy the same rights as other German and EU citizens. Residence for EU citizens can be taken up by simply registering in Germany with your passport or national ID card. The European Union freedom of movement rules allows EU citizens to work, study or do training in Germany without a VISA or residence permit.
Naturalisation is a way to acquire citizenship. Citizenship in Germany, and other countries, are normally issued automatically by birth, or through applying for it if you have a right to citizenship, such as your parents being German nationals. If you fulfill the requirements you can apply for citizenship in Germany through naturalisation enjoy all the benefits of a German citizen.
Once you have settled in Germany with your temporary residence permit, and want to stay permanently, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. This permanent residence permit is also referred to as a settlement permit.The settlement permit has several benefits, such as the right to live in Germany together with your family, obtain employment or become self-employed.
Residence for EU citizens in Germany can be taken up through The European Union freedom of movement rules, which allow EU citizens to work, study or do training in Germany without a VISA or residence permit. With just a valid national ID card or passport, you can stay in Germany up to three (3) months. This also applies to your family.