Long-term stays (more than 90 days, national visa)


As a rule, all foreigners require visas for stays of more than 90 days or stays leading to gainful employment. Exemptions apply to EU and EEA (European Economic Area) citizens and Swiss nationals (a complete table of all nationalities can be found here).

After having entered Germany with a national visa, the competent foreigners authority is responsible for issuing the residence permit. Please expect a processing time for the visa application of 6 weeks to 3 months

Are you unsure, which visa you need to apply for? The Visa Navigator may be helpful for you.

Please choose the purpose of your long-term stay below to read all about the application procedure:

Blue Card (EU)

Job seeker

Employment Visa

Chancenkarte / Opportunity Card

You can also find further information on employment in Germany here

Please contact us and we will send you all the information you need.

When you have gathered all documents, please book your appointment here.

Application form (VIDEX)

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