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Long-term visa for Germany

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17.06.2020 - Article

If you plan to stay in Germany for more than 90 days because you intend to study, work or join your spouse, you have to apply for a long-term or national visa.

Citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit after entering Germany without a visa.

Please prepare your visa file as soon as you have booked an appointment.

Please note the following:

  1. Only book an appointment in the category for long-term/ national visas. Your documents will not be accepted if you booked an appointment in the category for short- term/ Schengen visas, German passports or Consular services.
  2. Please book one appointment per applicant. If you only booked one appointment but attend the appointment e.g. with a family member or colleague, the Visa Section will only accept the application of one person.

    Please note that the processing time of your application can take up to several months depending on the purpose of your intended stay in Germany.

    All application forms and check lists are free of charge.

    The visa fee for a national visa is 75, - Euros.

     

    In order to apply for a visa

  • Your passport must have at least two empty pages for visas.
  • Your passport must have been issued within the last ten years.
  • Furthermore, you must hold a valid GNIB card.

Visa applicants will have their fingerprints taken. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement to give Fingerprints.

Application form and documents

Please fill in the application form before you attend your appointment and prepare all necessary documents. This will ensure a smooth application process.

 

You have to submit your application in person. Please bring your filled in application form with passport pictures, your passport, documents for your purpose of your stay listed in the information leaflets below and the visa fee to your appointment. If you fail to bring all required documents, this may result in your application not being processed and you may be required to make a follow up appointment.

All documents submitted must be genuine and correct in content. Your application will be refused if documents are falsified or untrue. The deception about the purpose of travel will also lead to the refusal of your application.
Submitting all documents will not automatically justify a right to a visa. It might be possible that you have to hand in additional documents.

Please do not send in documents before you applied for your visa. Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.

All persons who wish to seek gainful employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. A work permit will be included in this visa issued for this purpose.

A national visa entitles you to enter the other Schengen countries for the duration for up to 90 days.

After submitting your visa application, your visa file might be forwarded to the competent German authorities. Therefore, it can take several weeks up to months to process your national visa applications. After the application has been approved, the German Embassy will issue a national visa with the duration for up to one year. A final residence permit will be granted in Germany by the Immigration Office if you intent to stay in Germany permanently.

Before you can take up a job in Germany, it might be necessary to get your professional qualifications recognised and certified in Germany. All information leaflets will state if your professional qualifications have to be recognised accordingly.

You can check if your professional qualification is listed on “Anabin” as “equivalent” or “comparable”. If your degree is not listed on Anabin or does not get the above mentioned assessment, you might be asked to get it assessed by the ZAB  (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen& Cental Office for Foreign Education). An assessment might also be necessary if Anabin lists your degree as equivalent with conditions.

The Working Holiday Visa Programme is based on a bilateral agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the SAR Hong Kong, Taiwan and Uruguay, as well as the Youth Mobility Programme with Canada. These programmes aim at enabling young people to gain insight into culture and daily life in Germany. The intention is to promote increased mutual understanding and the applicant’s primary aim should be to visit Germany. Employment is permitted throughout the validity of the visa but should remain of temporary character in order to facilitate additional financial means to your holiday travel intentions in Germany.

Who can apply and where?

To be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa you must be a citizen either of Argentina, Australia, Chile, Israel, Japan, New Zealand or Uruguay, - be at least 18 years of age but have not turned 31 yet when filing an application. Please note that you cannot be accompanied by dependent family members, e.g. children during your stay,

In any case you may only participate once.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel Japan and New Zealand are able to enter Germany and apply for a residence permit at the local immigration office ('Ausländerbehörde') without holding a visa issued overseas. However, work is only permitted, once the residence permit has been issued.

Korean nationals have to apply at the German Embassy in Seoul. Holders of Taiwan passports may only apply at the German Institute in Taipei. Holders of SAR Hong Kong and British National (Overseas) Passports must apply at the Consulate General in Hong Kong. Brazilian nationals may apply with any German mission in Brazil.

Please check the website of the German Embassy in the country where you are from regarding the necessary documents for an application here in Dublin.

Family reunion with German spouse or child

If you are married or will get married to a German citizen, or if you are a parent of a minor German child and wish to seek permanent residency in Germany (or staying in Germany longer than 3 months), it is required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. A visa in order to live in Germany is a national visa and does also entitle you to enter the other Schengen countries for the duration for up to 90 days.

After submitting your visa application, your visa file might be forwarded to the competent German authorities. Therefore, it can take several weeks up to months to process your national visa applications. After the application has been approved, the German Embassy will issue a national visa with the duration for up to one year. A final residence permit will be granted in Germany by the Immigration Office if you intent to stay in Germany permanently.

Exception: If you hold a Stamp4EUFam card from the Irish authorities, you will not require a visa if you travel with your German spouse or child to Germany and you can apply for a residence permit on the basis family reunion directly at the Foreigners Authority. We would recommend to get in touch with the Foreigners Authority beforehand.

German language skills

In order to facilitate integration, applicants must prove basic German skills when applying for a visa. This means that the applicant has the ability to communicate in German on at least a basic level, e.g. holds a certificate of successful completion of a German language course level A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Certificates issued by an institution which performs testing in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) are accepted.

The information leaflet provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees gives more detailed information on the topic of basic knowledge of the German language and all exemptions to this requirement.

Family reunion with Foreign spouse or child

If you are married or get married to a foreign citizen (non EU), or if you are a parent of a minor child living in Germany and wish to seek permanent residency in Germany (or staying in Germany longer than 3 months) in order to live with your family, it is required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa.

A visa in order to live in Germany is a national visa and does also entitle you to enter the other Schengen countries for the duration for up to 90 days.

After submitting your visa application, your visa file might be forwarded to the competent German authorities. Therefore, it can take several weeks up to months to process your national visa applications. After the application has been approved, the German Embassy will issue a national visa with the duration for up to one year. A final residence permit will be granted in Germany by the Immigration Office if you intent to stay in Germany permanently.

German language skills

In order to facilitate integration, applicants must prove basic German skills when applying for a visa. This means that the applicant has the ability to communicate in German on at least a basic level, e.g. holds a certificate of successful completion of a German language course level A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Certificates issued by an institution which performs testing in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) are accepted.

The information leaflet provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees gives more detailed information on the topic of basic knowledge of the German language and all exemptions to this requirement.

PDF Checklists:


Study visa/ visa for applicants searching for a place at university

All persons who wish to study at a college or university in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit. In order to enter Germany, a student visa has to be issued.

A study visa is a national visa but does also entitle you to enter the other Schengen countries for a stay up to 90 days.

After submitting your visa application, your visa file might be forwarded to the competent German authorities. Therefore, it can take several weeks up to months to process your national visa applications. After the application has been approved, the German Embassy will issue a national visa with the duration for up to one year. A final residence permit will be granted in Germany by the Immigration Office if you intent to stay in Germany permanently.

PDF FILES Checklists:

How to open a blocked account before entering Germany

If you want to study in Germany it might be necessary to open a blocked account at a German bank. You can find more information on this topic here

Important:  
Please note that from 01.01.2020 onwards the monthly financial means for study or language course visas amount to 853 Euros/month or 10.236 Euro/year.



Pick up of your passport

If all legal requirements are met and the automated security check came back negative, your visa will be granted. The visa sticker will be printed and attached to your passport.

If the visa cannot be granted, you will receive a written letter stating the reasons of the refusal. Please note that this letter will be in German. However, you can find a courtesy translation of this refusal notice here

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 related restrictions it is currently not possible to collect your passport. Please bring a self-addressed envelope, pre-stamped with €8,30 to your appointment and your passport will be posted to you by registered post. Alternatively you can book the postal service at your appointment for an additional charge of €10.

Safe travels:

Your visa includes your full name, your passport number and your photo. Furthermore, it includes the number of days and the time period within which you are allowed to travel to Germany.

Please check all data on your visa immediately after picking up or receiving your passport. Please contact us immediately if you notice any mistakes.

We will correct your visa at once.

Please register with the registry office immediately after taking up residence in Germany. Furthermore, please book an appointment with the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) in your new home town. Depending on where you take up residence, there might be some waiting time before appointments are available. It is possible to travel to other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in 180 days with your valid passport and your national visa.

You can find more useful information on settling in Germany at https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/.

If your application was not approved, you will receive a refusal letter explaining the reasons why your visa was denied.

Find the Embassy:

German Embassy Dublin                                                

31 Trimleston Avenue                                                      

Booterstown / Blackrock                                                   

Co. Dublin

A94 TX94

By BUS

From the city centre: Take the bus route 4, 7 or 7a southbound and alight at stop number 425 (“Merrion Road/Bellevue Avenue”), across from the Tara Towers Hotel and an Applegreen petrol station. Cross the road at the traffic lights and continue into Trimleston Avenue. At the fork, keep left. The Embassy is situated on the right hand side of Trimleston Avenue approx. 150 m from the junction.

By DART

From the city centre: Take the DART (destination Bray or Greystones) and alight at Booterstown station. At the exit of the car park, turn right into Rock Road and walk as far as the next set of traffic lights. Cross here and continue into Trimleston Avenue. At the fork, keep left. The Embassy is situated on the right hand side of Trimleston Avenue approx. 150 m from the junction.

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