Germany Immigration Services

Whether your company is sending employees to Germany or expanding outside of Germany to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced Germany immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

Business visitors to Germany typically use a local version of the Schengen C Visa unless they are visa exempt. The Schengen Area limits stays for visitors to 90 days in any 180-day period, counted cumulatively across the Schengen Area. Depending on the nature of the activities, stays may be limited to 90 days in a 12-month period.
The main work authorization categories are the EU ICT Permit (locally called ICT Card) – suitable for highly skilled managers, specialists and trainees on assignment within a company group and typically granted for up to three years; the Local Hire Work & Residence Permit – suitable for skilled employees on a German contract and paid via German payroll and granted for up to four years; and the EU Blue Card – suitable for highly skilled employees who meet a minimum salary requirement, sign a German contract and are paid via German payroll, typically granted for up to four years.
European Economic Area/EU/Swiss nationals are generally visa and work permit exempt.
Note that German immigration authorities possess discretion when adjudicating work authorization applications. German employers that wish to sponsor work and residence permits must be registered with the labor authorities and have a corporate registration number.
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.
Fragomen in Germany is Fragomen Global LLP, Germany branch, a limited liability partnership practicing law in Germany.
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