I entered Germany with a temporary 6-month national visa in September 2018 and started working.

The goal of the visit was initially an application for a Blue Card. The appointment for the Blue Card application was set up beforehand on November 2018.

Issue date on a Blue Card is November 2018.

Also, there is a following sentence in my 6-months temporary visa:

Nur zur arbeitsaufnahme bei XXX, Blaue Karte EU Aufenthaltsdauer entspricht gultigkeit.

So, my question is:

What is a start date of 21 month period for permanent residence permit? Is it September (start date of job contract) or November (issue date of Blue Card)?

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    The months are counted by the monthly contributions to the pension system. So if you recieved a a pay check for September 2018 (even if you worked only for 2 days) September would count as the first month. Jul 11, 2020 at 20:47
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    Hi, @AndreySapegin! I have seen this topic. 2 answers given there are opposite to each other. Also this topic contains your very valid comment "it may also depend on the type of residence permit you had before the issue date of the Blue Card.". That's why I created separate topic explaining my situation that is a bit different from the one @RamanaMuttana had. Does it make sense?
    – Boris
    Jul 13, 2020 at 19:30

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The residence law says that one of the requirements for getting a permanent residence permit is being a holder of residence permit for some period.

For the Blue Card, the same paragraph makes an exception and says that the Blue Card holder needs to have worked and payed taxes for a period of 21-33 months, see §18c AufenthG (2) for details.

In Berlin, they say that they can count the time when your job satisfied the requirements of the Blue Card, so you have good chances to get your months counted from the start of the job contract. Other lands, however, might have different understanding of this law.

IMHO, the difference of 2-3 months is not that important. First, one can try to apply for permanent residence permit a couple of months earlier, since the processing usually takes at least 1-2 months. Second, Auslaenderbehoerde might still have reduced opening hours or do not accept any applications at all due to COVID-19. In the end, it all depends from the particular person there, if she will accept an application right now or ask to come a couple of months later.

P.S. It is also worth mentioning (but not directly related to your question) that generally there are many other requirements for getting permanent residence permit, such as knowledge of German, paying taxes for some period (taxes payed by spouse might be counted as well), etc.

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