How to Get a Work Visa for Germany

Germany Work Visa

Germany Work Visa

Ok, so you’ve probably spent a good deal of time in Germany.  Perhaps maybe you’ve fallen in love with the culture or are a big fan of their beer (hey, I can’t blame you).  You’re so much a fan that you’ve decided to work there.  

Below, I’ve outlined, on a high level, the simple steps how to get a work visa for Germany.  It is more detailed than this, but you can contact me if you have any specific questions, and I can try to help you out.

To view other types of German visas, click here.

Find your consulate

If you’re inside the U.S, you can find your jurisdiction at this webpage.

If you’re outside of the U.S., check at this site here.

Gather Documentation

Gather the required documents/follow the procedures here, including the visa fee.

Submit information

Submit the information that you gathered in Step 2 to the consulate that you located in Step 1.

Depending on the consulate you might be required to make an appointment to apply in person. Your consulate website will have details on whether you will need to make an appointment in order to submit an application or if you can apply by mail.

Upon submission of all required documents, the application will be forwarded to the Aliens’ Office (Ausländeramt) competent for your intended place of residence in Germany.

Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed.

Receive your visa

Congratulations! As noted on the Germany Government Missions website, after the application has been approved by the Aliens’ Office and –if applicable- by the Work Office, the Embassy / Consulate will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa, which will include the authorization to work in Germany. No extra work permit has to be obtained in Germany!

Vaccination Requirements

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More info

Here’s more information on this process.

Further Reading

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