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EU nationals don’t need a visa to enter  Germany.

In general, all other foreigners will require a visa to stays in Germany. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180‑day period for nationals of countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

If you want to stay longer than 90 days in Germany and you want to work or study, you will need a visa. You can find an overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany on the sites for the Federal Foreign Offices.

  • Schengen Visa 80 EUR
  • National Visa 75 EUR

Find more information here.

Diplomatic missions can require between two and ten working days for a decision on an application for a short stay visa. Applications for visas for a longer stay or for gainful employment may take several months to process.

For short stays in the Schengen area which not exceeds 90 days in any 180‑day period you can apply for a Schengen visa.

There is no automatic entitlement to a Schengen visa.

The mission must ensure that the following requirements have been met in each individual case:

  1. The purpose of the trip to Germany must be plausible and comprehensible.
  2. The applicant must be in a position to finance his/her living and travel costs from his/her own funds or income.
  3. The visa holder must be prepared to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires.
  4. Documentary evidence must be provided of travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR valid for the entire Schengen area.

If you are unable to prove that you can finance the journey and stay from your own funds, a third person may undertake to cover all costs. This undertaking is normally to be made to the foreigners authority in the place of your residence.

As a rule, all foreigners require visas for stays of more than three months or stays leading to an employment. Exceptions are EU and EEA (European Economic Area) citizens and Swiss nationals.

Further, citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America may get any residence permit that may be required after entering Germany. Citizens of all other countries planning a longer stay in Germany must apply for visas at the diplomatic mission before arriving in the country. These visa applications must be approved by the  foreigners authority in Germany, i.e. the foreigners authority in the place where you intend to take up residence. If an approval of the foreigners authority is necessary before a visa can be issued, the procedure can take up to three months or longer. Missions may only issue visas once they have obtained the approval of the foreigners authority.

Visa application forms for a long‑term stay (longer than three months) can be obtained from the relevant mission. They can also be downloaded. The forms submitted must be original versions (at least two sets) in the appropriate language of the mission in question. It is beneficial to contact the diplomatic mission beforehand to find out exactly which forms you require.

It really depends on your situation and what you want to do in Germany. You can either send us a message or we can align in an one on one. But you also can look it up with answering some questions on the Federal Foreign Office’s website.

Follow the link to the visa navigator of the Federal Foreign Office’s website.

Work visa to work as an IT specialist with work experience

To work in the IT sector in Germany, you do not need to have a recognized degree if you have been working in the IT sector elsewhere for at least three years within the last 7 years. You need a job offer in Germany that pays you 51,120 EUR before taxes or more. (Updated:May 2021)

How to get a residence permit?

You need a visa to enter Germany. Get your residence permit from the local foreigners office after arrival in Germany

General requirements:

  • Filled online application form
  • Passport
  • Biometric passport photo
  • job offer that states your salary
  • knowledge of German (B1), exceptions are possible.
  • proof of previous work experience in the IT sector

Next steps:

  1. Check the site of the German Embassy or Consulate General in your country of residence for additional requirements in your country, www.diplo.de/addresses, and book an appointment.
  2. Complete and print out the visa application form using https://videx-national.diplo.de/videx/
  3. Bring your application form along with supporting documents with you to your appointment
  4. After approval from the Embassy or Consulate General, get your visa sticker in your passport
  5. Apply for your residence permit at your local foreigners office after arrival

This is an extract of the visa navigator.

Blue Card EU

If you have a recognized university degree, you can get a Blue Card EU if you already have a job offer that pays you 56,800 EUR before taxes per year. For physicians, engineers, natural scientists, mathematicians and IT-specialists, a yearly salary of 44,304 EUR is sufficient.

How to get a residence permit?

You need a visa to enter Germany. You can get your Blue Card EU from the local foreigners office after arrival in Germany.

General requirements:

  • Filled application form
  • Passport
  • Biometric passport photo
  • university degree
  • job offer that states your salary. Please ask your employer to complete this form

Next steps:

  1. Check for the German Embassy or Consulate General in your country of residence for additional requirements in your country and get an appointment.
  2. Complete and print out the visa application form.  
  3. Bring your application form  with your documents to your appointment
  4. After approval from the Embassy or Consulate General, get your visa sticker in your passport
  5. Apply for your Blue Card at your local foreigners office after arrival