Practical Guide to sorting your German Paperwork
(for non-EU nationals - long-term stay)
Last update: August 2015
|10 Steps to sorting your German paperwork |
Apply for a job or university (of course, not from within Germany)
If you get a job or get accepted by a German university, you are then allowed to apply for an entry visa.
Here is a Job Listing for vacancies in sectors where Germany has a shortage of qualified professionals.
* If you are a citizen from Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and USA (exception for the Green card holders), you can apply for a job while in Germany (within 3 months) as you do not need any entry visa.
* If you are a citizen from Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino, you do not need an entry visa if your only purpose is studying, so you can apply for a student permit while in Germany. However, you will not be allowed to work at all. If you want to work, you need to apply for a visa before entering Germany.
Check out the Table of countries whose citizens require/do not required a visa to enter Germany.