Long-term stays national visa /residence permits (more than 90 days, )
As a rule, all foreigners require visas for stays of more than 90 days or stays leading to gainful employment.
After having entered Germany with a national visa, the competent foreigners authority is responsible for issuing the residence permit.
Are you unsure, which visa you need to apply for? The Visa Navigator may be helpful for you.
Citizens of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino may apply for their residence permit after arrival in Germany, provided that they do not intend to take up employment. Otherwise a visa is needed.
Please note that processing times for national visas vary greatly from about 2 weeks for some categories of employment visas to up to six months for self-employed professionals. Please ensure that you submit your application well in advance.
Please choose the purpose of your long-term stay below to read all about the application procedure:
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