Visas and Work Permits

Generally speaking, all non-EU foreign nationals require visas for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for semi-annual visits of up to three months for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

The Federal Republic of Germany's embassies and consulate-generals abroad are responsible for issuing visas. The applicant must apply in person at the consulate or embassy in his or her region, and the application must include all necessary documents.

Typically, the consulates and embassies take up to fourteen working days to decide on an application for a short-stay visa. For a visa for a longer period or in order to begin employment, the application often takes months.

(Source: Federal Foreign Ministry)

Our service for investors: Business Immigration Service (BIS)

The Business Immigration Service allows investors, companies and qualified employees an easy start in Berlin. We support both the initial applications for entrance and stay, including work permits and also the renewal of residence permits.

Business Immigration Service