Education in Germany
Does my foreign spouse have to provide proof of German language skills when applying for a visa (i.e. before arriving in Germany?)
Yes. Under the amended Immigration Act which entered into force on 28 August 2007, foreign spouses have to prove they have at least a basic knowledge of German. For detailed information on this, please click on the link below to the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. You can also request further information directly from the German diplomatic missions in the respective country.
Do I need a visa for Germany?
On the Federal Foreign Office webpage you can find out whether you need a visa for visits to Germany and the Schengen states of up to 90 days. Most non-EU-foreigners wanting to work or study in Germany or to stay longer than 90 days in Germany for other purposes, usually need a visa.Exceptions are indicated in the relevant list of countries.
Do I need a visa if I want to study/work in Germany?
As a general rule, all foreigners staying in Germany for more than 90 days wanting to work or study in Germany need a visa before entering Germany.
What is the procedure for applying for a student visa?
If you plan to study in Germany, you have to submit an application for a student visa to the respective German mission abroad. Documents have to be presented proving inter alia that the applicant has been accepted for studies by the university. The German mission abroad will then forward the visa application for an opinion to the foreigners authority in the town housing the university. The German mission abroad can only issue the visa for entry once the foreigners authority has given its approval. Details on the documents to be presented with your visa application are often available on the webpage of the competent German mission abroad or directly from the mission itself.
What is the procedure for applying for a work visa?
As a general rule non-EU nationals need a residence title (visa or residence permit) to take up employment in Germany. By law the residence title has to give information whether and to which extent access to the labor market is granted. This information replaces the former work permit. If you intend to commence work in Germany you have to apply for a visa with the competent German mission abroad before entering Germany. (Only nationals of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States may apply for the necessary residence title after arrival in Germany.) The visa application will be submitted by the German mission to the local aliens authority where you intend to reside in Germany. In most cases the aliens authority has to coordinate its decision with the local labour office. The German mission abroad can only issue the visa after the aliens authority and the labour office have given their approval. Details as to which documents have to be presented with your visa application often are available on the webpage of the competent German mission abroad or directly from the mission itself.