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Visa, Work and Residence Permits in Germany

Visa

In general all foreigners require a visa for stays in Germany, exceptions to this regulation are nationals from EU and EEC countries as well as from the USA.  Furthermore a visa is not required for nationals of certain countries who wish to visit Germany.

This visa must be issued in your native land by an embassy/consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Residence Permits

All foreign students and physicians (including EU citizens) who wish to stay in Germany for more than three months must have a valid residence permit. The residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) must be issued by the Foreigners Registration Authority (“Ausländerbehörde”) of the German town, where you live.

Work Permits

Students

Generally international students are allowed to work in Germany for a maximum of three months per year. 

Physicians

EU-States: No work permit is required for nationals of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) member states. EU and EEA states are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Spain.

 

Non-EU-States: a work permit is required for foreign nationals from states outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The employment offices in Germantowns (“Arbeitsamt”) are responsible for the Work Permit (“Arbeitserlaubnis”). Ingeneral because of the limited oppurtunities in the German health market at present,  it not possible for foreign doctors to obtain work permits.

 

Exceptions for Work Permits to non-EU-States

 

Regional

Exceptions are made to Switzerland, Israel, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Such work permits are time-limited.

Other Countries: 

1. In the interest of Germany: ie  Applicant presents qualifications for a scientific position unable to be filled by a German doctor 

2. Recognized as an emigrant

3. Married to a German.

More Information

Visas for Entry to Germany, German Foreign Office

Working in Germany, German Foreign Ministry

 

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