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Germany is one of the world’s safest and most highly developed countries. Crime is low and the job market is robust. Furthermore, the salaries are good for both full- and part-time employees. It’s no wonder that it attracts immigrants from all over the world.

You, too, can live in Germany and enjoy its many benefits. Contact IBN Immigration Solutions, and one of our German immigration specialists will get in touch with you to discuss the different types of visas and permits that allow foreign nationals to live and work in the country.

Germany Is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe. It includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With about 82 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union. Known for its rich cultural history, Germany has been continuously the home of influential artists, philosophers, musicians, sportspeople and entrepreneurs. It is a global leader in science and technology. Immigrate to Germany today.

Population: 83,02 million (2019)
Language: German
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
Dialling Code: +49
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Short Term Shengen Visas

Short Term Shengen Visas

This is a 90- to 180-day Visa that is used for short-term stays in the Schgengen Area.

The purpose of your visit must be one of the following:

  • Tourism
  • Visiting Family/Friends
  • Business
  • Medical
  • Student
  • Transit
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German Work Visas

German Work Visas

German work visas and permits include:

  • Qualified Professionals
  • Intra-company Transfer
  • EU Blue Card
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German Job Seeker Visa

German Job Seeker Visa

This visa is for people who are qualified in a particular field and want to move to Germany to look for a job. They don’t yet have an employment contract or any other employment agreement with a local German business, company, or organisation. The visa is valid for up to six months. Should the applicant find a job, the job seeker visa can be converted to a work permit.

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German Own Business/Freelancer Visa

German Own Business/Freelancer Visa

Those who are self-employed, either as freelancers or business owners, and want to put down roots in Germany can apply for a particular freelancer or own business visa.

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German Study Visa

German Study Visa

You can apply for a study permit, provided you have been accepted to a recognised German University or school- or company-based vocational training programme.

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German Family and Partner Visas and Permits

German Family and Partner Visas and Permits

In Germany, family and partner visas are called Family Reunification visas. They allow spouses, partners, and dependents of German citizens, EU nationals, and foreign nationals with a valid residence permit to live in Germany.

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Germany Visa Requirements, Forms & Documentation

Some forms and documents are required no matter which visa you apply for.

However, each visa or permit type has specific requirements that need to be met. For example, a freelancer or own business visa requires a detailed business plan, while a family reunification visa requires a marriage certificate.

Your Germany immigration consultant will provide all the information you need to submit applications for the specific visa or permit you’re applying for. They’ll help you procure the necessary forms, so you don’t have to find documents and worry whether the forms you have are up-to-date

Germany Visa Costs

The different types of German permits and visas have different costs. One of the significant factors that influences cost is the complexity of the approval process. A job seeker visa is relatively simple, but an own business visa has more complex requirements that increase costs.

Your consultant will go through all the applicable costs with you and explain the fees for the different types of German visas.

How to apply for a German Visa

The application process is similar, regardless of the type of visa you want to apply for.

It starts with contacting IBN Immigration Solutions so we can assign a consultant to take charge of your case. Your consultant will go through the application process with you step-by-step, ensuring that all the forms are correctly completed and that you don’t leave out any critical documents that Germany requires for visa applications.

Once you’ve got all of the information required, your consultant will help you compile an application pack, which will then be sent to our in-house quality checkers to ensure that you do indeed have everything you need to submit your application.

Depending on the requirements of the German permit you’re applying for, we can either submit the application pack on your behalf or go with you to the embassy to apply in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for German visas or permits if you already have an employment contract to show you have a job you can walk into.

You can also apply for a work visa as a qualified professional, provided Germany recognises your qualifications and considers them comparable to German standards.

You can even apply for a work permit if you want to look for a job in Germany. If you find a job, your job seeker permit is converted into a work permit.

In Germany, freelancers and business owners have their own type of work visa.

You need to apply for a tourist visa in person at the German embassy in your home country or country of residence.

A tourist visa is valid for up to three months.

Tourist visa applications are different for EU and non-EU countries. Non-EU or non-Schengen countries need a Schengen visa to enter Germany. Your German immigration specialist will tell you what application forms you need to submit.

People from non-Schengen countries must apply for a Schengen visa to travel in the Schengen Area, which contains 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

There are three types of Schengen visas: Uniform Schengen Visas (USV), Limited territorial validity visas (LTV), and National visas.

A Schengen visa allows you to travel freely through all of the Schengen countries, not just Germany. It’s valid for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

Your consultant will help you apply for the correct Schengen visa so that you won’t be turned away at border control points in Germany or any other Schengen Area country.

You must apply in person at the German embassy or consulate in your home country or country of residence.

A business visa covers conferences, meetings, and academic research. They are valid for up to 90 days.

Germany requires company bank statements from the previous three months, an invitation letter from the business partner in Germany, a detailed schedule of your business meetings for stays over 30 days, as well as a confirmation letter from your health insurance stating coverage for emergency medical or hospitalisation with a minimum of 30,000 Euros.

Yes, Germany does allow foreign internships, provided you have an offer for an internship and the approval of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

You must apply in person at the German embassy or consulate in your home country or country of residence.

Internship visas are valid for up to 12 months and will only be considered for an extension in exceptional cases.

Some internships do not require the agreement of the Federal Employment Agency. These include internships under EU-funded programmes (Leonardo, Socrates, Erasmus, etc.). Your consultant will tell you which requirements apply to your German visa.

You qualify for an EU Blue Card if you are highly skilled or an academic. Your university degree must be comparable to a degree in Germany. Furthermore, a qualified employment contract needs to be in place, with a minimum annual gross salary determined by the regulations.

For specialists in mathematics, IT, natural sciences, engineering, and human medicine, the required minimum salary can be lower, provided you earn the same amount as a comparable German worker. In this case, you need prior approval from the Federal Employment Agency.

As soon as you are in your area of responsibility in Germany, you can receive your EU BLUE CARD from the regional foreign department. You must apply for an entry visa to Germany to obtain your work permit. The EU Blue Card is valid for a maximum of four years when issued for the first time.

An EU Blue card holder is entitled to apply for permanent residence after 33 months, or 21 months, if you can prove German language skills at level B1 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages.

Yes, your dependent family can apply for a residence permit if you have a valid residence permit as an employee or an EU Blue Card holder. You must prove that you have secured large enough accommodation for your family. You must also have sufficient financial means to support your family.

Children under 16 can accompany you to Germany on a residence permit. If children are over the age of 16, special rules apply. Your consultant will help you with the application process for this type of German permit.

Your family must apply at the embassy or consulate in their home country.

Note: Your spouse needs to be over the age of 18.

As soon as a residence permit is issued to your accompanying family, they are entitled immediately to take up any kind of employment in Germany.

We provide a full range of immigration services for Germany. Our network of trusted partners ensures we stay up-to-date on policy issues and the rules and regulations that govern immigration rules and regulations.

We have an initial consultation to decide which of the German visas is most suitable for your situation. We help you with the required documentation and compile the application pack on your behalf. This saves you time as you don’t have to fret about getting the required documents to finalise your application.

Together with our expert partners in Germany, we provide assistance from both South Africa and Germany.

Germany has two types of visas for assignees: ICT Intra Company Transfer and International Staff Exchange programme.

They apply to specialists, senior managers, and trainees. The host entity must belong to the same group of companies and must be financially linked.

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