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If you want to stay longer than three months in Germany, you need to apply for a National Visa. The requirements for a National Visa are different from those for Schengen Visa.

To find out which visa you will need to relocate to Germany and settle there, please go to the VISA-NAVIGATOR. Here as well as from the information sheets below you will find information on the application procedure and on the documents required.

In some cases long-term visa cannot be issued without the approval of the competent Aliens’ Office in Germany (§31 AufenthVO); the visa can therefore only be issued when the Embassy has received the approval. In these cases a processing time of several months must be expected.

Please note: The Embassy generally issues residence titles for specific purposes in the form of a visa with a maximum validity of 90 days, allowing multiple entries. Shortly after entering Germany, the visa holder must contact the competent Alien's Office (Ausländerbehörde) in Germany which then issues the final residence permit.

To apply for a visa you need an appointment. Please use our online booking system: BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

For further questions please contact us: Contact the Visa Section

For students: When applying for a visa, you must provide evidence that you are able to meet your living costs in Germany by opening a blocked account. You have free choice of a provider.  Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Federal Foreign Office website: Federal Foreign Office

Visa requirements:

All persons who wish to get married in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in Germany

Foreign nationals who want to move to Germany to be with their spouse have to apply for a family reunion visa.

All persons who wish to seek gainful employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. A work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

All persons who wish to study at a university in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit. In order to enter Germany, a student visa has to be issued. Applicants who have not yet been accepted at a certain university can apply for a study applicant’s visa or language course visa as preparation to studies.

All persons who wish to study at a university in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit. In order to enter Germany, a student visa has to be issued. Applicants who have not yet been accepted at a certain university can apply for a study applicant’s visa or language course visa as preparation to studies.

All foreign students who are only matriculated at their home university (not at a German university) and wish to absolve a study-related internship in Germany are required to obtain a residence and work permit in the form of a visa. A work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

All persons who wish to absolve a language course in Germany for longer than three months are required to obtain a residence permit in Germany.

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Germany commensurate with their qualifications. 

This is a visa for university graduates from countries outside the EU, which enables them to come to Germany for up to six months for the purpose of seeking employment commensurate with their…

All persons who wish to work on a self-employed basis are required to obtain a residence permit in Germany.

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