Frequently asked questions related to visa

11.05.2023 - FAQ


Please understand that we cannot answer this question unequivocally, as the final decision on entry to Germany is taken by the German border force and might depend on several different factors.

Appointments for visa applications are subject to availability. We cannot offer special appointments outside our booking system.

You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay long term in Germany. The entire visa application process can take several months.

Australian citizens generally can apply for a residence permit after entering Germany at the local immigration authority, without applying for a visa beforehand. This also applies to citizens of Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Only in cases where an employment is intended to begin directly after arrival in Germany (e.g. work, study, internship), do we recommend that a visa including a work permit is being issued in advance. Employment cannot be started before having the obligatory work permit.

The validity of the visa is usually a maximum of 3 - 6 months.
Once you arrive in Germany, you have to register at the residents registration office (“Einwohnermeldeamt”) and make an appointment with the immigration authority (“Ausländerbehörde”) in order to get your residence permit.

Your passport should still be valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival in Germany.

When applying for a working holiday visa, you do not have to give a reference person. Please enter “not applicable” in the form.

Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area. However please be aware that you will be still subject to the 90 days within 180 days rule outside of Germany.

Documents in English do not need to be translated to German.

Applications can be handed in three months prior to the intended travel date.

Please note: Processing times may vary from two weeks to ten weeks.

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