Do I need a visa to work in Germany? And which visa regulations apply to me if I want to study or do an apprenticeship in Germany? For many, these questions are at the beginning of their considerations to look for a job in Germany and plan the next step in their careers. Briefly answered: Whether and which visa has to be applied for depends on which country you come from and what professional qualification
Citizens of EU
If you are a citizen of the EU with freedom of movement, you have unrestricted access to the German labor market. You do not need a visa or one to enter Germany or to work in Germany residence permit. The same applies if you come from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland (EFTA countries).
Citizens from third
countries (non-EU /
Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the USA can also enter Germany without a visa and before taking up employment residence permit apply for employment in Germany. You can only contact them directly if you are a citizen of these states foreigners Authority in your city – even if you are already in Germany. If you would like to take up employment shortly after entering the country, it is advisable to apply for a corresponding visa before entering the country.