Long-term visa for Germany
If you intend to stay longer than three months in Germany, you have to apply for a long-term visa.
Compared to the Schengen Visa there are different requirements for these long-term visas. Most categories of long term visas cannot be issued without the approval of the responsible local Immigration Authority in Germany; the visa can therefore only be issued once the Consulate General has received this approval.A processing time of several months must be expected.
There are two categories for a work visa: General employment or self-employment. Please read here for more information.
Working in Germany
If you intend to study in Germany, to enrol in a German language course or conduct scientific research, you need to apply for a visa.
Study and Research
Spouses to a German partner or parents with a German child can apply for a Family Reunion visa.
The EU Blue Card is aimed at highly qualified candidates, i.e. non-EU nationals holding a German or otherwise recognised equivalent university degree.