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Apply for a national visa


Depending on your nationality, you will need a national visa for stays in Germany that last longer than 90 days. The procedure and the requirements also depend on the purpose for which you want to stay in Germany (for example, employment, family reunification, studies and training).

There is no visa requirement for nationals of EU countries and some other countries (e.g. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia). As a rule, they can also enter the country for a longer stay without a national visa and apply for their residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office after entry. A complete list of countries with an indication of the respective visa requirements can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

In certain cases, you must prove knowledge of the German language. The issuance of the national visa is governed by the same rules that apply to the issuance of the residence permit that you must apply for in Germany after the visa expires (for example, residence permit, EU Blue Card).

You must apply for a visa for a long-term stay at the diplomatic mission responsible for you.

  • Inform yourself on the website of the diplomatic mission responsible for you about the application procedure and the documents to be submitted
  • Make an appointment at the diplomatic mission abroad
  • Download, print and complete the visa application. On the agreed date, please speak personally at the diplomatic mission abroad. Please bring the completed application and all necessary documents.
  • An employee of the foreign mission will have a conversation with you. For safety reasons, this takes place at the counter.
  • In certain cases, after accepting your application, the diplomatic mission abroad will contact the Foreigners' Registration Office or, in the case of taking up work, the Federal Employment Agency in Germany, which is responsible for the place where you would like to live or work. In these cases, the diplomatic mission abroad can only issue the visa if the Foreigners' Registration Office or the Federal Employment Agency agrees.
  • The visa will be affixed to your passport in the form of a label.
  • Only if you cannot be granted a visa will you receive a written notification. You then have the following legal remedies:
    • You can submit your objections in writing to the diplomatic mission abroad (remonstring) within one month. The diplomatic mission abroad will then check your visa application again.
    • If your application has been rejected even after the second examination, you can file a complaint with the Administrative Court of Berlin within one month.
    • You can also file a complaint directly with the Administrative Court of Berlin within one month.
  • If you are already in Germany: Please contact the immigration authority responsible for you. It is responsible for questions relating to residence law and decides on your application.

Contact persons for national visas are the visa offices of the German missions abroad.

The requirements depend on your nationality and the purpose of your stay. They are regulated in detail in the provisions of the Residence Act and other legal ordinances.

Details of the documents to be submitted can be found on the websites of the German missions abroad.

  • Standard rate: EUR 75,00
  • for minors up to the age of 18: EUR 37,50

In certain cases, the fee may be reduced or waived altogether.

Please submit your application in good time. Information on the appointment situation and appointment booking can be found on the websites of the German missions abroad.

Depending on the individual case between a few days and several months

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

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