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I’m working in Germany on a work visa at the moment. My permit to stay is valid until 2026 at a certain job place. How can I change this to be self-employed in Germany? Should I go to the Immigration office and ask there?

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    Yes, that would be a first step in the right direction. Getting a experienced tax adviser, that specializes in self employment, would be even better. Commented Jul 31, 2022 at 4:51

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The German immigration law differentiates between "freelance" (single person delivers services) and "self-employed" (company owner). In Berlin, this applies: https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/dienstleistungen/service.871055.php/dienstleistung/328332/en/ (freelance) https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/dienstleistungen/service.871055.php/dienstleistung/305249/en/ (self-employed) Processing times here are a few months (!) In other cities, it should be similar.

--> Your current permit for employment allows freelance/self-employment only on the side of your employment (unless it states that it's not allowed). --> You may only start the new activity in fulltime after you received the immigration office's approval.

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    Most employment contracts state that it's not allowed. A better phrase would be '(only when your present employer has given their written consent)'. Commented Aug 3, 2022 at 10:29

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