Employment Based Immigration

Did you know that Germany possesses the largest labor pool in the European Union? Statistical data from March 2021 also shows that the country has one of the lowest unemployment rates within the EU. The German labor market is particularly attractive and advantageous for young talented professionals in search of a successful career path, as the country has the lowest youth unemployment rate (6%) among all 27 EU member states.

On a worldwide level, Germany has the fourth largest national economy, remaining stable even after the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a national lockdown. How is that achieved?, you might ask. Germany is widely known for being the home country to famous global players like BMW, Daimler, Allianz and Siemens. What may surprise many, however, is the fact that the majority of German companies contributing to its economic triumph are actually small and medium-sized enterprises, for which an industrious 61% of the labor force works.

In addition, Germany holds the bronze or 3rd position in the export of goods, leaving the first and second position to China and the United States.

These impressive facts together with the absolutely favorable working conditions as well as open-minded culture make Germany an even more desirable place to enhance your career opportunities.

However, before that easily turns into reality, you need to receive the right work permit or visa.

Our law firm assists you with the legal visa application requirements and makes sure you obtain all the necessary documents and permits.

Take a look at our different services.

Job Seeker Visa

The German job seeker visa is short-term residence title, which allows you to live in Germany and look for a job.

According to § 20 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), qualified applicants can be granted a temporary residence permit for up to six months in order to seek employment for which they are qualified on the basis of their experience. If at the end of the six months they have found a place of employment, they are eligible to apply for a work permit or the EU Blue Card.

Please note that there is a difference between a job seeker visa and a work visa. Having a job seeker visa does not allow one to start working immediately in Germany. It only means that they can live in the country and look for a job during their stay.

To obtain a visa for job seekers for Germany, the following requirements apply:

  • a bachelor or master’s degree from a German university or an equivalent foreign degree
  • a minimum of 5 years of experience in the related field of study
  • proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Germany
  • travel or medical insurance for the entire stay in Germany or until a work permit is obtained

Our Services:

  • Extensive consultation
  • Preparation of the visa application
  • Accompaniment in the visa procedure: taking over the complete correspondence with the embassy
  • If the visa is denied: preparation of the remonstration
  • Verification of the university degree with Anabin
  • Review of the employment contract
  • After entry: Taking over the correspondence and preparation of the application at the foreigners authority
  • Assistance for the foreigners’ registration office
  • Support for family reunification
  • Preparation of the application for a settlement permit

Additional Service:

In the case of further rejection, representation in the proceedings at first instance.

Get our full legal support in obtaining the right work visa for you. We look forward to you reaching out to us!

Please provide us with the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of your passport
  • A biometric picture
  • A cover letter where you explain the objective of the visit, how you plan to find employment, and the alternative career plans if you cannot find a job
  • Copy of your diploma of the degree (or any other proof of academic qualification from a German or non-German university) as well as any certificates of previous work experience
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Documents of your financial situation such as a bank account statement which proves you can finance your stay in Germany
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Previous german residence permit or previous Schengen visa
  • Proof of your German language skills (A1)

If you are married, please also provide the following documents:

  • Copy of your spouse’s birth certificate
  • Copy of your marriage certificate
  • A translated version of your marriage certificate

Freelancer Visa

Did you know that the Freelance economy is one of the fastest-growing trends in the world?

Many people seek to adopt a more fluid lifestyle that allows them to work and live according to their terms. No longer confined to one geographic region, freelancers move freely across borders, industries, and clients.

A freelancer is a self-employed person who possesses skills or a specialty that they use to market themselves and deliver a service to various clients. Freelancing has exploded over the past decade with the introduction of freelance marketplaces, social media, and better technology that enables people to connect with others from all over the world. 

The freelancer visa is a special visa (or residence permit) issued by the German government to people working in one of the professions designated as Freelance Occupations.

To be eligible for the freelancer visa, a self-employed professional must:

  1. Prepare an Application for Residence Permit for Freelance or Self-Employed Activity
  2. Satisfy the government that the self-employed activity:
  • has enough money to start and maintain your venture
  • meets the economic interests or needs of the region
  • ensure a benefit to the local economy


It must be self-employed academic, artistic, literary, teaching, education, or other self-employment activity to be considered freelance. Refer to § 18 (1) of the Income Tax Act.

Our services:

  • Extensive consultation
  • Preparation of the visa application
  • Support in the visa process
  • Verification of the university degree with Anabin
  • Preparation of application for Residence Permit
  • Assistance in the preparation of the forecasts

Additional Services:

  • In the case of further refusal: representation in the proceedings at first instance
  • Support for family reunification
  • Preparation of the application for extension

Please provide us with following documents for the application:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your university degree / translation
  • Regarding artists and language teachers: proof of other regular income e.g. own assets, regular transfers from dependent parents, submission of a declaration of obligation by a solvent third party
  • If you want to work on a fee basis: letter of intent for the collaboration; submission of at least two declarations of intent (with information on type, scope and description of the occupation)
  • Fee contracts
  • Resume / Curriculum vitae: details of professional career, qualification certificates, diploma, references / sponsors
  • Professional permit: if a permit is required for the freelance occupation, e.g. a license to practice law (in original)
  • Health insurance: proof of a secure livelihood must also include sufficient health insurance. Those with statutory health insurance are sufficiently insured. Those with private health insurance must consider the type and extent of their health insurance.
  • Lease or proof of home ownership
  • Rental cost / expenses for property / proof of the monthly rental costs (e.g. current account statement) or costs of the inhabited property
  • Adequate pension plan (only if you have already completed the 45th year of life)

Get our full legal support in obtaining the right work visa for you or your employees. We look forward to you reaching out to us!

Employee Mobility Services

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and global companies continue to flock in here to partake in a burgeoning economy, consistent political stability, strong EU positioning, and a vast consumer market. But when they do so, it’s crucial that they can transfer their employees efficiently so that they can successfully build in the new region.

People are everything. They are the heartbeat of any organization.

As a result, in Germany employee mobility is something that is not taken lightly. Relocating top talent can be overwhelming if you don’t have the right partners, and this is not an area where you can’t afford to take shortcuts.

Our team here at GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH can be of help when it comes to all the heavy lifting needed, to ensure that your personnel deployment to Germany goes as smoothly as possible; so that you can be up and running in no time at all.

Why does a company need to bring employees to Germany?

If your company is looking to establish a branch or a subsidiary in Germany, or move employees to an existing branch or subsidiary, then you’ll need to take care of all the related legal requirements that come with those personnel relocations. It may seem trivial, however, it requires a lot. There are some considerations that you need to make when relocating personnel to Germany.

Our employee mobility services range across the gamut and cover everything you could ever need when relocating personnel to Germany. Here are just a few of the more common things that we assist clients with:

Contact Us

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Valerie Tiet

Lawyer and head of the Immigration Law Department

Do you want to start a company or begin working in Germany, or is your family already here and you would like to join them? Are you interested in studying at one of the many universities?

We offer legal consultation for the countless opportunities to live and work in Germany. In the process we’ll focus on the legal demands but will support you in practical matters like the move itself.

We at GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Attorneys at Law are experts in the areas of immigration law and the rights of immigrants as well as labor, contract, corporate, tax and commercial law. With this much experience we can answer any question concerning immigration, which would be especially interesting for business founders or self-employed people.

From preparing the visa application to the issuance of the residence permit, we are glad to be your contact and competent companion throughout. We’ll offer you plenty of support while you establish your business or build a new life in Germany.

We look forward to you reaching out to us!