German Work Visa

The more traditional route, and the one that allows for more long-term stays is to acquire a work visa. Again, the process for this can be somewhat complex, so it is beneficial to have a local who can help you with the application.

If you’re coming from a first-world country like the USA, Canada, or other EU member states you can apply for your visa upon arrival in Germany, and then apply for a work visa. If not, then you’ll need to apply and obtain a working visa for your employees before they arrive on German soil.

The applications are split into a few different categories:

Highly Qualified Foreigners:

  • Researchers with special technical knowledge
  • Teaching personnel in prominent positions
  • Scientific personnel in prominent positions

Intra-Corporate Transferees:

  • Managers
  • Specialists

Third-Country Nationals who meet the following criteria:

  • Professionals who have skills that are in short supply in Germany
  • Have a concrete job offer in Germany
  • Have obtained education that has a recognized equivalent in Germany


If your employee falls into one of those categories, then you’ll need to prepare the following documentation:

  • 2 completed application forms
  • 2 passport photographs
  • A valid national passport
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of health insurance
  • A valid employment contract
  • Approval from the Federal Employment Agency (if applicable)
  • Your updated curriculum vitae showing qualifications and experience
  • Proof of your qualifications
  • A personal cover letter
  • Proof of a clean criminal record
  • Proof of payment for the visa fee
  • A declaration of the accuracy of the information

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!