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Germany at a Glance

German Visa for Expats

A move to Germany is your chance for expat life in a well-organized, modern country with a rich historical heritage and great regional diversity. Our InterNations expat guide on Germany provides you with all you need to know about favorite expat destinations, visa types, and transportation.

Entry Visa

Once you have picked out a region where to live in Germany, you must make sure that moving to Germany is a valid option for you.

There are several types of visa requirements needed for entry into Germany, which vary by nationality. As the list is very long, check if your home country belongs to those whose citizens require a tourist visa for a stay of fewer than 90 days. Foreign nationals from the European Union and the Schengen area countries do not need a special entry visa for Germany.

Visa Types

It is generally recommended to apply for whichever visa pertains to you before entering Germany. The following are types of visas for people planning on staying in Germany for longer than three months. Keep in mind that the application process will take one to three months. Please enquire with the nearest German embassy or consulate which visa applies to your case and which documents you need for a successful application.

More information on visas, foreigners’ registration and obtaining residence permits after your arrival in Germany can be found in our Germany: Visa and Administration section or in our article on living in Germany. We feature more background info on how to get a German visa, how to get a residence permit, as well as customs and import restrictions

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