Immigration law, also known as residency law or even foreigner law, is concerned with the ways of acquiring legal and long-term residency in Germany. The focus here is on obtaining a residency permit. The purposes of residing in Germany can be multifarious:
- being self-employed in Germany,
- working as a salaried employee,
- joining spouses and family reunification,
- studying or research,
and many others.
Further, immigration law is concerned with the question of how to make the residence status permanent. This includes the issue of acquiring permanent residency – an unlimited residence permit – or even acquiring German citizenship.
Unfortunately, immigration law can also encompass issues related to losing one’s right of residency – the rejection of an applied residence permit, a person’s expulsion, or even deportation.