Freelancer “Freiberufler” Visa

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If you are a non-EU/non-EEA/non-Swiss citizen and want to freelance in liberal professions in Germany, then you need to apply this visa. This visa is granted for 3 month(s) and can be converted into a residence permit while your visa is valid. The resident permit can be upto 3 years. After 3 years spent with a residence permit for freelancing, you may get a settlement permit. This can happen only if you decide setting-up a retail or manual trade business, since then.

Upon arrival, your freelance activity must be registered with the tax office.

Liberal ‘freelance’ professions in Germany, according to EStG §18, are self-employment jobs in the following fields: Healthcare, Law, Tax and business counseling, Scientific/technical, Linguistic and Information-transmitting.

NOTE: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United States of America and South Korea can apply for a freelance visa upon their arrival in Germany.

Application Process:

  1. Prepare your visa application.
  2. Make an appointment.
  3. Go to the application center, of the German consulate in your country for submission of application and interview.
  4. Get your biometrics done and pay the related visa fees. Keep the receipt for the collection of visa.
  5. Your documents and background check along with application and interview will decide whether you will get the visa or not.


3-36 months



132 Month(s)



68 (approx.)



36 Month(s)




Eligibility Requirements for Freelancer “Freiberufler” Visa

4 Eligibility Requirements

  • Your skill must fall under the freelancing 'Freiberufler' category and must contribute to the German economy.
  • You must have a freelancing plan to show as evidence.
  • You should have your financing secured for your stay and be able to show it as evidence.
  • You must have an address to register at Germany.

Document Requirements for Freelancer “Freiberufler” Visa

13 Document Required

  • Duly completed national visa application form.
  • Valid national passport.
  • Two recently made biometric photographs.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Recommendation letters from previous employers.
  • Cover letter with CV.
  • Printed samples of your freelance work or regular work in same profession.
  • Evidence of a freelance plan.
  • Certificates of earlier education.
  • Evidence showing you have enough money to cover your living and freelancing costs like the latest bank statements, profit/loss statements.
  • Letters of commitments from future customers/employers.
  • You need to show a license or other authorization to show evidence of your expertise and relevance to pursue the intended profession (if applicable).
  • Payment proof of the visa application fee.

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