Berlin Artist Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


The Artist Freelance Visa falls under the Freelance Visa, and is offered only to artists from non-EU/EEA countries, who are planning to reside in Berlin, and not other cities of Germany. It is typically granted for three months. It can be converted into a residence permit while your visa is valid. The resident permit can be upto 3 years.

If applicable after 3 years., you may apply for a settlement permit. Your profession has to be related to “art” or journalism and your freelance activity should be registered at the tax office in Germany.

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



3-36 months



132 Month(s)



68 (approx.)


P. Residency

36 Month(s)


Processing time

1 day Month(s)




What are eligibility requirements for the Berlin Artist Visa?

4 Eligibility Requirements

  • Your skill must fall under the art and culture category and must contribute to the German economy
  • 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
  • You must have a freelance plan to show, if requested.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Berlin Artist Visa?

13 Document Required

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

Talent Migration data for Germany

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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