As far as I know, I don't have rights to found a company while working under Blue Card permit in Germany.

I've been working full-time with my Blue Card permit close to two years, and I don't have plans to change it at the moment.

Although for making my small side-projects official I want to found a business in parallel.

Seems like E-residency in Estonia (through LeapIN or manually) looks like the easiest way to do this in EU.

The problem is I don't know if this would create any impact on my permit anyhow?

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    Do you have any reference supporting the assumption that you cannot found a company in Germany with your blue card status?
    – phoog
    Aug 15, 2018 at 14:21
  • I googled before, I can try again.
    – JacopKane
    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:18

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If you are close to two years with a BlueCard and you also know German language, you can apply for permanent residence permit already (after 21 months with BlueCard), which will allow you to register a company in Germany.

Next, even without a permanent residence permit, it is also possible that you just go to Ausländerbehörde and ask them for separate permission to found a company (nach § 21 Absatz 6 Aufenthaltsgesetzes).

P.S. I'm not a lawyer.

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