Please note that on this website we exclusively describe the process for international employees who want to work in a company that is based in Germany. For freelancers or students who want to work in Germany the visa application processes may vary.
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Get a German residence permit for the purpose of employment.
Applying for a German work visa is no doubt a complex process. There is a lot of contradictory information circulating online. The first step is obtaining a valid employment contract from the German company. After that is done, more paperwork is waiting. Documents must be gathered and translated into German. An appointment must be made at the German embassy – and, if everything works out fine, another one at the foreigner’s office in Germany. An interview must be attended for the electronic residence permit (eAt). Challenges await you at every step of the way.
Here is a step-by-step explanation of what you need to do, if you want to apply for a residence permit for the purpose of employment in Germany! Do it yourself online!
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2. General information on the topic can be accessed here (in English)
3. Do you have a job offer or a contract of employment?
4. A residence title which enables you to work in Germany usually requires the approval of the German Federal Employment Agency. To speed up the process, your employer can request an approval ahead of time from the Federal Employment Agency.
5. In some cases a working visa can be issued without the pre-approval of the Federal Employment Agency (i.e. Blue Card).
6. Get information on the websites of the responsible German diplomatic representations about the necessary documents (normally these are, contract of employment, university degree or other qualifications for job, CV, application form, pre-approval letter from the Federal Employment Agency)
7. Book an appointment to get a visa. Most embassies use an online system, sometimes you have to book the appointment via phone. All relevant information is on the relative website.
8. When applying, you have to pay a fee. Right now it’s 75 € for adults. This fee is usually paid in cash in the local currency. Please follow the advice of the diplomatic residence.
9. Please pay attention that all your documents and copies or scans are completed. If some documents are missing, the embassy may not accept the application and you have to book a new appointment. In some countries the waiting time can take a couple of weeks.
10. After the application, you/ your employee may keep the passport, and the embassy or consulate will notify you via e-mail as soon as the visa can be picked up.
11. After your arrival in Germany, you register at the local registration office and schedule an appointment at your local foreigner’s office to apply for an electronic residence title. The fee for that is approximately 100 € per person (and approximately 60 € per child). Please pay attention that all your documents are complete. Otherwise the issuing of your electronic residence title may take longer.
12. Once your card has been made (takes about 3 weeks) you receive an information and you can pick it up.
Of course you can. This takes a lot of time and patience. German language skills are of advantage, especially when you don’t only have to deal with a German embassy, but with public authorities in Germany. The devil is in the details and the responsibility often lies with the future employer and not the applicant.
You only have to pay a fee about 175€ per person (children pay less); 75€ for the visa application in the German embassy, and about 100 € at the foreigner’s office in Germany.
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We offer comprehensive assistance with visa and residence/work permit applications in Germany. Our services cover various types of permits, including initial applications, extensions, changes of residence permits, and change of employer. All prices are indicated net.
Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized support and ensuring that all necessary documentation and requirements are met. With our assistance, you can navigate the complex process of obtaining or modifying your visa and residence/work permit in Germany.
Please note that the pricing mentioned above is subject to change and may vary depending on individual circumstances. For a precise quote and to discuss your specific needs, we recommend contacting us directly.
The visa is your entry ticket to Germany. It is usually valid for 3–12 months. Before your visa expires, you need to apply for a German residence & work permit, which is usually valid for several years. Each visa and each permit is linked to a specific purpose of stay.
You can apply for the following types of residency based on your circumstances:
If your specific case is not mentioned, it is recommended to contact the appropriate authorities, as there may be different regulations that apply to your situation.