All persons who wish to seek employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. Where needed, a work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.
Table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Germany
How to apply?
Citizens of Japan, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit for work purposes after entering Germany without a visa. Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a visa for work purposes prior to entry (an option also open to Japan citizens) at the German Embassy or the German Consulate.
You have to submit your application in person. Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländeramt) responsible for your intended place of residence in Germany. Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed.
After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority and –if applicable- by the Federal Employment Office, the Embassy will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa, which will include the authorisation to work in Germany.
Scientists holding a scholarship by a German scientific organization may be granted a visa within a few days by the Embassy or the Consulate General.
|1||two fully completed application forms (for long term visa) and required declaration in duplicate|
|2||two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)|
return-envelope with your address
|4||valid national passport with at least two blank visa-pages and two copies|
|5||additional for non-Japanese citizens: original of valid Japanese residence card and one copy|
-employment contract or detailed letter (containing salary, working hours, workplace, duration of work contract, etc) from your future employer in Germany and two copies
-if you have, admission from Bundesagentur für Arbeit / Federal Employment Agency and two copies
-Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis applicable for skilled workers
|7||certificate of university graduation (in English or German)|
|8||Visa fee (75 EUR, payable in Japanese yen according to the official exchange rate on the date of application)|
Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.
- EU Blue Card
- ICT Card
- Job seeker' visa
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