Work Visa - Aufenthaltserlaubnis

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Talent Migration


Third country nationals who are planning to work in Germany need to apply for a residence permit for the purpose of general employment. Its also called Aufenthaltstitel.

You would need to have a job offer from a German company.

The permit is usually granted for one year and is extendable as long as your situation remains the same. After five years of working in Germany, you can apply for a settlement permit or EU right of residence in order to stay in the country indefinitely.



6 months



60 Month(s)


P. Residency

96 Month(s)


Processing time

4-6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Work Visa - Aufenthaltserlaubnis?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport/travel document valid for at least 6 months.
  • You must possess the required skill/experience demanded by the job offered.
  • You need a job offer from an employer in Germany.
  • You should be of good character and health.
  • You need valid travel insurance covering the entire period of stay.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Work Visa - Aufenthaltserlaubnis?

10 Document Required

  • 2 fully completed application forms. Printed and signed at the end.
  • 2 passport photographs. Please follow the guidelines. If your face measures less than 27mm or more than 40mm on the photo than it will be rejected.
  • Health insurance. Compulsory certificate from German employer, valid from date of employment. If not already included in the compulsory health insurance a separate travel insurance has to be presented for the time frame from arrival in Germany until beginning of employment.
  • An employment contract / binding job offer with details of gross annual salary and a detailed description of the employment in Germany.
  • Approval by the Federal Employment Agency (if applicable, ot a requirement in all cases).
  • Copies of diplomas, certificates, or any official transcript that proves your qualifications.
  • Personal covering letter explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay. This is required in all German visa application.
  • Printed receipt of paid visa fee. The visa fee for a German long-stay visa is €75.
  • Copy of police or character certificate.
  • Declaration of Accuracy of Information.

Talent Migration data for Germany

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

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