Visa for Germany
Do I need a visa?
- Do I need a visa for Germany?
- I am a (non-German) EU citizen and want to visit Germany with my spouse (who is not an EU citizen). Does my spouse need a visa?
- Are there special visa arrangements for EU citizens?
- Do foreigners with a residence permit for one of the Schengen member states need a visa to visit Germany?
- My visa was issued by a mission of another Schengen state. Can I use it to travel to Germany?
- I'm planning a trip by air and have to transit at a German airport. Do I need a visa?
- I don't need a visa for my trip to Germany, but are there other things I should bear in mind?
- My visa was issued by a German mission abroad. Can I use it to travel to other countries in Europe?
- I am a foreigner living in Germany and am planning a trip abroad. Do I need a visa?
- What countries are Schengen states?
General information on application process
- Where do I have to apply for my visa? And who is responsible for the decision?
- How long does my passport have to be valid if I want to apply for a visa for a trip to Germany?
- I want to travel to Germany/the Schengen area several times in the next few months. Can I apply for a visa with longer validity?
- I am in Germany on a tourist/visitor/business visa. For important reasons, I want to stay in Germany past the expiry date of my visa.
- The person I issued an invitation for has had their visa application rejected. What can I do?
Schengen visa (short term)
Tourist, visitor, business
- What is the procedure for applying for a tourist/visitor/business visa? Can we apply for the visa in Germany?
- For my visa application I need an invitation from a relative/acquaintance living in Germany. What form does such an invitation have to take?
National visa (long term)
Spouse & marriage
- I am not a German national and want to marry my German partner in Germany. What do we have to do to get an entry visa?
- I am not an EU national and want to live in Germany with my German spouse. What do we have to do?
- I am a German citizen and want to move to another EU country with my spouse (who is not an EU citizen). Does my partner require a visa?
- I am not a German national but am living and working in Germany with a valid residence permit. Can my spouse ....
- Does my foreign spouse have to provide proof of German language skills when applying for a visa (i.e. before arriving in Germany?)
Study & work
- Do I need a visa if I want to study/work in Germany?
- What is the procedure for applying for a student visa?
- How long does it take to issue my student visa? Can you speed up the process?
- What is the procedure for applying for a work visa?
- Can I take on holiday jobs in Germany?
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mission which is competent for your place of residence.