Residence permit

Do you have a valid residence permit that allows you to go self-employed?

Citizens of a member state of the European Union (EU) or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), do not need a special permit to go self employed. Citizens of a non-EU or non-EFTA country will need to clarify whether their residence status/permit entitles them to go self-employed. If not, they must apply to the Foreigners Office for an additional permit. Please note: If the residence permit bears the words “Erwerbstätigkeit gestattet” (“Employment permitted”), or “Niederlassungserlaubnis” a special additional permit is not required.

For more details of your residence status and information about applying for a license to go self-employed, please go here:
City of Munich, Department of Public Order, Foreigners Office

CCI – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK für München und Oberbayern)

Statement on self-employment of third country nationals in accordance with Section 21 of the German Residence Act (AufenthG)

Under the German Residence Act, competent bodies from the region where a business is due to be set up are involved in the assessment of general requirements performed by the Foreigners Office (Ausländerbehörde). In Munich the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria performs this task with respect to businesses. The Chamber of Skilled Crafts (HWK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria  performs the task with respect to crafts and trades. After general suitability has been assessed, the Foreigners Office asks the IHK or the HWK to provide a statement on the planned business activity. The statement is not binding, but it helps the Foreigners Office to make its final decision on whether or not to grant a residence permit.

Detailed information provided by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PDF files)

Granting of visas and residence permits

Please note that Munich’s Business Startup Office cannot process or support visa applications. Germany’s diplomatic mission in your country or, if you already live in Munich, the local Foreigners Office, are exclusively responsible for this task – please contact these authorities if you have further questions.