Overview of German work visas

An overview of the different types of work visas in Germany. A starter guide for everybody who wants to work in Germany.


This post was last updated on December 29, 2021
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Who needs a visa to work in Germany?

  • Citizens of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein do not need a visa to work in Germany.
  • Citizens from Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, Korea, New Zealand or the US need a visa to work in Germany but do not need a visa to enter Germany.
  • All other citizens need to apply for a visa to enter Germany source and another visa to work in Germany.

What kind of visas exist?

Anybody who has one of the following visas is allowed to live and work in Germany. We have detailled guides for the following visa types:

These visas give you access to residence permits.

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