Visa and Entry

Qualified specialists from abroad are subject to different conditions for entry, residence and employment in Germany, depending on their country of origin. EU citizens (or nationals of Switzerland and the European Economic Area) can stay in Germany for three months without a visa and have unrestricted access to the labour market or self-employment. Qualified specialists from non-EU countries (so-called third-country nationals), on the other hand, usually have to present a visa or a residence permit in order to enter and work in Germany. They can apply for the visa before entering the country at the German embassy or at a German consulate. After arriving in Germany, they must then submit an application for a residence permit to the Foreigners' Registration Office. 

Certain requirements apply in order to obtain a visa to work. For instance, a signed employment contract must be provided. There are also legal regulations in Germany that make it easier for qualified specialists from abroad to enter the country and enter the employment market. 

Do you have questions about the visa procedure and entering Saxony-Anhalt? Would you like to know which legal regulations apply to you? Our regional advisors will be happy to assist you further. 

More information on possible residence permits and legal regulations can also be found in the Information library.