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For a smooth processing of your visa application, please mind the following items:

  • There is no telephone advice / information on the application process.
  • The documents needed for your application are listed in the specific information sheet for the purpose of your stay.
  • For questions that are not already answered on the available leaflets, you can reach us via e-mail (see contact form).
  • The Embassy can only offer the appointments available online. Requests for (special) appointments will therefore not be answered.
  • Visa applications must be submitted by the applicant in person (only after prior appointment booking). Applications cannot be submitted by mail.
  • Please make sure to book the appointment in the right category. If you book an appointment in the wrong category, we cannot accept your application.
  • Only complete applications can be accepted. All documents must be presented in original with 1 set of copies in the order specified in the relevant leaflet. Please pay attention in your own interest to the completeness of the documents.
  • The processing time varies depending on the visa purpose. For most purposes of residence, the approval of German authorities is required before a visa can be issued.
  • While processing your visa application it is necessary to carefully balance your interest in the entry to the Federal Republic of Germany with Germany’s security interests. When examining visa applications for study and research as well as for comparable employment it is essential to make sure, that the knowledge acquired in Germany cannot be abused for purposes, which might undermine or even threaten the peaceful coexistence of peoples and/or the public order, the security or health in Germany. In individual cases this may result in a longer processing-time of a visa application. Therefore an early application is strongly advised.
  • A visa application can be submitted not more than three months before the planned entry.
  • Please understand that questions regarding the processing status during the processing time are generally not answered.
  • If additional information or documents are required, we will contact you according to the contact details provided by yourself.
  • As soon as the embassy has decided on your application, you will be informed about the collection of your visa. For the issuance of the visa your passport is needed. The visa needs to be picked up personally.

In order to take up employment in Germany, third-country nationals usually need a work permit. In principle, this also applies to those who have a residence permit from another EU country and therefore are allowed to stay in another EU country for up to 90 out of 180 days.

The activities of executives and business travelers are not considered as employment, if they are carried out for up to 90 out of 180 days, as well as certain activities, such as for example voluntary service, internships or participation in company training that can be carried out for up to 90 days within twelve months.

If you have any doubts as to whether your intended activity is gainful employment and you need a work permit for this, you can contact the embassy by email to Konsulat enclosing a scan of your Czech residence permit and a precise description of the activity.

The website www.make-it-in-germany.com offers orientation for taking up employment in Germany, too.

Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the USA can apply for a work permit together with a residence permit directly in Germany at the local immigration office. For other citizens, the work permit is issued with the visa to be applied for before entry.

Foreign nationals who have the legal status of long-term resident in another EU country (in the Czech Republic: „trvalý pobyt - rezident ES“ or „permanent residence - resident EU“) can apply for a work permit together with a residence permit directly in Germany at the local immigration office.

Due to the new version of Section 26 (2) of the Employment Regulation (Western Balkans Regulation), as of 1 January 2021, applications under this regulation for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia can only be submitted to the competent mission abroad in one of these six states.

The information is not binding and without guarantee. The requirements for granting a visa may change at short notice.

Application for a national visa

Health Insurance in Visa Procedures

Persons who wish to enter Germany for the purpose of family reunification, to take up employment or to study need permanent private health insurance cover comparable to the provisions of SGB V upon entry

Health Insurance in Visa Procedures

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