Access to the German labor market is not only open to doctors or engineers, but also to so-called “special professional groups”. These are specialists for whom a special qualification profile or a public interest exists. Artists also belong to this professional group.

Do you need a residence permit?

As a citizen of the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you do not need an entry visa or one residence permit  in order to be allowed to work as an artist in Germany.

As a citizen of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America, you can enter Germany without a visa and obtain a residence permit after entry. However, you are only allowed to take up gainful employment after you have received the relevant residence permit.

If you come from another country, you first need an entry visa, which you later have to convert into a residence permit to take up employment in Germany. Employment includes both self-employment and non-self-employment as an employee or salaried employee.

You want to work as a freelance artist

Artists from abroad who are planning a long-term stay (more than 90 days) for self-employment usually need a self-employment visa, which they later have to convert into a residence permit for freelance work in Germany.

For this residence permit do you need:

  • proof of your financial means to cover your living expenses and

  • the consent of Federal agency for work

Artists belong to the group within the liberal professions, which in Germany do not have any given Admission requirements can be exercised. You can find detailed information on requirements, tax aspects and the legal forms of freelancers on the service pages of the state of Baden-Württemberg. This information applies nationwide.

There may be exceptions for temporary employment. If the following criteria are met, the German diplomatic missions abroad can make the decision on their own as to whether or not the employment is not subject to approval:

  • Employment in the context of performances of particular artistic value, festivals, music and cultural days that do not exceed 90 days within a 12 month period and during which the usual stay abroad is maintained.

  • Activities that are daily performances of up to 15 days a year.

At www.touring-artists.info, artists, creatives and cultural workers in Germany as well as those who want to work in Germany can find answers to their questions about international mobility.

You want to be employed

In the case of employment in the field of culture and entertainment that lasts longer than 90 days, the procedure is as follows:

  1. The artist applies for a (work) visa at the German representation abroad

  2. The latter then sends a request to the BA in order to obtain their consent

  3. If the BA agrees, the visa can be issued.

You can obtain more information from the foreign representation.

There may be exceptions for temporary employment. If the following criteria are met, the German diplomatic missions abroad can make the decision on their own as to whether or not the employment is not subject to approval:

  • Persons who, while maintaining their habitual residence abroad, are active in the context of performances of particular artistic value, festivals, music and cultural days, if the duration of the activity does not exceed 90 days within 12 months,

  • People who appear in daily performances up to 15 days a year.

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