Working in Germany - How to apply for a Visa

Germany is the land of invention and innovation, with it being the fourth largest economy in the world and home to global corporates and companies. Therefore, Germany offers the chance to many non-Germans to find a job and settle in the country.


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First things first when you’re thinking about relocating for work. You need to secure a job. Most German companies are very open when it comes to hiring outside of Germany, and therefore they have a very flexible interview process. Many companies will be happy for you to attend interviews online, and only when it’s looking really serious will you have to fly over to Germany for the face-to-face interview. If, however, you’ve come across a company that requires you to attend a face-to-face interview, you should apply for a Jobseeker visa. 


What is a job seeker visa? 



The job seeker visa for Germany is a Long-Term Residency Permit, which allows you to stay in the country for six months and look for a job. If at the end of the six months you have found a place of employment, you will be given the Germany work visa or a Germany work permit and you will be allowed to work and live there. Please note that having a job seeker visa does not allow you to start working immediately in Germany. It only means that you can visit the country and look for a job during your stay.


If, however, you have been offered a position and you’re not sure how to go about applying for your work visa, we’re here to shed some light on the situation. The Germany Employment Visa is an opportunity for qualified foreigners to settle in Germany and work in their field. With the Germany Employment Visa, you’re able to enter and work in Germany for up to 2 years with a possibility to extend your visa. Later down the line, you’ll be able to apply for your EU Blue Card, or various other types of residency permits. 


A breakdown of the step-by-step visa application process goes like this: 


  1. Receive your job offer to work in Germany.

  2. Find out where you need to submit your visa application.

  3. Collect all of the required documents according to the instructions.

  4. Make an appointment for a visa interview.

  5. Pay the German Employment Work visa fee.

  6. Attend your employment visa interview.

  7. Wait for a response on your visa application.


When applying for your visa, you’ll be asked to provide documentation to the German embassy to ensure that you fulfill conditions for the employment visa. When applying for your employment visa, these details will be given to you again, but if you’d like to prepare sooner, we’ve outlined below what you’ll typically be asked to provide. 


These documents are the crucial part of your application for a German employment visa, alongside the visa interview. Please note: The below is a base guide, and what the embassy may ask you for could include extra documentation.


  • Two fully completed application forms

  • Two passport photographs

  • Valid national passport 

  • Proof of residence

  • Health insurance

  • An employment contract / binding job offer 

  • CV

  • Proof of Qualifications

  • Personal covering letter explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay

  • Proof of a clean criminal record

  • Proof of paid visa fee (long-stay visa is €75)

  • Declaration of Accuracy of Information


As a UK resident, how can you apply for a Germany visa?


There are two main centres in the UK that you can apply for your Germany Visa Application, based in London and Manchester. For residents of Scotland, you might need to apply through the Consulate General in Edinburgh. Once you’ve applied for your visa and you’ve been through the full process, the processing time can take anywhere between one to three months from the application day. The application length of time depends on how busy the embassy is, as well as your situation.


So, what happens once you arrive in Germany on your new employment work visa?


You’re now free to travel Germany! However, should you wish to obtain a German residence permit, there are still some procedures that you should complete upon arrival in Germany.


If you need any additional help about relocating to Germany, our team is here to help.


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