Different Types of Visa
With the exception of EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, foreign students need to obtain a Student Visa before they begin their studies. To gain this visa, individuals need already to have been accepted onto a course and will also need proof of healthcare insurance and proof of funds, ideally via a deposit in a blocked account (see our Blocked Account page). Those who have not yet had confirmation of acceptance or haven’t decided on a course can apply for a Student Applicant Visa, and then apply for a Student Visa after acceptance.
You can learn more about student visas and how we can help on our German Student Visa page.
Language Student Visa
Foreign (non-EU, EEA, or Swiss) students undertaking a language course that lasts between 3 and 12 months can apply for a Language Student Visa. Again, you will need your evidence of your course registration and proof of healthcare insurance. You will also need to show proof of funds in a blocked account that covers the duration of your course -- these funds should allow you 720 € euros a month to spend.
You can find out more about this visa on our German Visa for Language Students page.
Those moving to German to work as an Au-Pair can apply for a specialist visa. This does not apply to EU, EEA, or Swiss individuals who can work as an Au-Pair without a visa.
To apply for an Au-Pair Visa, you must be ages between 18 and 26, and you will need to have proof of healthcare insurance (this should be covered by your host family, but you will need to provide evidence of it), a contract with a host family, proof of basic German language skills, and, typically, a motivation letter as well.
You do not need to have proof of finances as most costs of living are largely covered by the host family, but you will need to prove you have enough money to get there and to pay for the visa.
Job Seeker Visa
Those seeking to move to Germany to work but have not yet found employment can apply for a Job Seeker Visa. Those who have not found employment after six months will need to return home. Those who do find work will then need to apply for a Working Visa.
The requirements for a Job Seeker Visa are quite strict and includes having a Bachelor Degree, five years work experience in your field, proof of funds to cover living costs, and either travel or healthcare insurance. Note that EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens do not need to apply for a Job Seeker visa to move to Germany to find work. You can find out more about this visa on our German Job Seeker Visa page.
Germany has an agreement with 62 countries, (including all EU states, the US, and Australia) which allows visitors from those states to come to Germany for up to 90 days without a visa. Those arriving from a country not on that list will need a tourist visa for stays of up to 90 days.
Those who have already found a job in Germany may need a Long Stay Working Visa. Individuals from the following countries do not need a visa to come and work in Germany (but may need to apply for a Residency Permit): EU, EEA, Switzerland, the US, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea.
Those who need to stay longer than 90 days in order to do business should apply for a Business Visa.
Guests Scientist Visa
Those taking up a role as a Guest Scientist or Researcher need to apply for a Guest Scientist Visa.