As I entered the office, the man behind the desk offered me a seat. He asked a few identifying questions. It was going pretty standard for renewing my residential permit, until I asked him to give me a permanent resident status. He said I would have to have 4 things in place for that.
- Valid time in Germany and allotment to stay (which I have)
- Proof of a job, or income (I have unemployment benefits)
- Proof of ability to speak at minimum A1 German proficiency. That is where it got funny, because he started speaking in German to me, and I responded perfectly. He was very surprised, and said, “okay, you have A1 for sure”.
- . If you cannot work, you need proof from a doctor as to why. Then we can give you permanent resident status.
So, now I am waiting on an appointment with a neuropsychologist to state why I am no longer able to work.