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Population

84,432,670

Languages

1.

German

Country Capital

Berlin

Currency

Euro (€) (EUR)

Germany has many different visa types available, which can make it tough to choose which is best for your employees. If you’re already in the midst of global growth, it can prove difficult to focus on obtaining work visas in Germany when you’re also dealing with hiring, payroll, compensation, benefits, and more.

Types of work visas in Germany

If your employees are not European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, they need to acquire a Residence Permit to work or study in Germany for more than 90 days. They must acquire this permit in addition to a visa and work permit. The most common Residence Permit types include:

  • Temporary Residence
  • Blue Card
  • EC Long-Term Residence
  • Permanent Settlement

Most individuals seeking work in Germany will acquire a Temporary Residence Permit that’s valid for 1 year. They can renew it depending on their employment status, occupation, and nationality. Typically, the Residence Permit renewal is a formality as long as your employee’s personal situation doesn’t change. Employees should contact the local Foreigner’s Registration Office and consult with an immigration lawyer if they switch employers, stop working, or go through a marriage shift, as these situations can impact their residency status.

Requirements to obtain work visas in Germany

After an employee gets a Residence Permit, they can apply for a work permit. They’ll need a confirmed job offer and proof that the vacancy cannot be filled by an EU national or another international worker who applied first. Work permits are typically granted for a year, but renewal is possible. Highly skilled employees may get a different kind of permit that’s valid for several years.

Application process

Obtaining a working visa in Germany typically requires the following steps:

  • Getting a job offer
  • Checking for visa requirements for long stays
  • Submitting a visa application
  • Collecting all the required documents
  • Making an appointment for a visa interview
  • Paying the German Employment Work Visa fee
  • Attending the interview
  • Waiting for a response on the application

An employee has to submit several documents to the German embassy or consulate in their country of residence to show that they fulfill all the right conditions for an employment visa, including proof of residency, proof of qualification, a personal cover letter, and a binding job offer. Keep in mind that the typical fee for a long-stay visa in Germany is EUR 75.

Other important considerations

Germany started trialing a points-based system called Punktebasiertes Modellprojekts für ausländische Fachkräfte (PUMA) in 2016. Currently, it’s only applied in Baden-Württemberg, but it could be adopted in other regions of the country later on. The system allows third-country nationals to enter and work in Germany if they obtain a score of 100 points for everything from German, English, or French language skills to previous time spent in the country, and the existence of relatives in Germany.

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