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Which type of visa do I need for my stay in Germany?

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Intended duration of the stay is under 90 days:

Q: I would like to invite my friend/girlfriend/ boyfriend/ relatives to visit me in Germany.

I was invited by my friend/girlfriend/relatives to visit them in Germany. Which type of visa has to be applied for?


A: For this purpose a visitor`s visa has to be applied for.

Information on visitor`s visa you may gather from the information leaflet visitor`s visa.

Q: I would like to travel to Germany to see interesting places and cities. I do not have anyone
to invite me.
Which kind of visa do I need to apply for?

A: For the purpose of tourism you need to apply for a visa for tourism.

Information about it you may gather from the information leaflet visa for tourism.

Q: I was invited by a German company for negotiations or for business visit. Which visa do I have to apply for?

A: For a business trip you will have to apply for a business visa.

Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet for business visa.

Q: I want to attend a fair or an exhibition in Germany. Which visa do I need to apply for?

A: To attend a fair you will need to apply for a visa for visitors or exhibitors of fairs. Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet Visitors or Exhibitors to Fairs.

Intended duration of stay is over 90 days/permanent:

Q: I am married to a person living in Germany and we want to live together in Germany. Which visa do I need to apply for?

A: To live with your husband/wife in Germany you should apply for a family reunion to your spouse.

Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet Family Reunion.

Q: I want my minor child to be living with me in Germany. Which visa do I need to apply for?

A: To take your minor child in to Germany you should apply for a family reunion of your child to the parent.

Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet Family Reunion.

Q: I am the mother/father of a German minor child and want to live with my minor child in Germany. Which visa do I need to apply for?

A: To stay with your German minor in Germany you should apply for a family reunion to a German minor.

Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet Family Reunion.

Q: I want to get married my fiancé in Germany and live afterwards together as husband and wife in Germany.

Which visa do I need to apply for?

A: To get married in Germany and stay there afterwards you should apply for a marriage visa.

Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet Marriage visa.

Q: My employer wants me to work at his/her office in Germany. Which visa do I need to apply for?

A: To get a visa and a work permit for Germany you should apply for a employment visa.

Information about this you may gather from the information leaflet Employment visa.