Virginia, US

Germany

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 stay for visitors to 90 days in any 180-day period. Depending on the nature of the activities, stay may be limited to 90 days in a 12-month period.

The main work authorization categories are the EU ICT Permit – suitable for highly skilled managers, specialists and trainees on assignment within a company group; the Local Hire Work & Residence Permit – suitable for skilled employees on a German contract and paid via German payroll; 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. The EU ICT Permit can be granted for three years for managers / specialists, or one year for trainees. The Local Hire Permits are generally granted for one year. The EU Blue Card can be granted for the duration of the employment contract plus three months or for four years, whichever is shorter. All permit types can be renewed in country.  

European Economic Area/EU/Swiss nationals are generally visa and work permit exempt.

Note that German immigration authorities have considerable discretion when adjudicating work authorization applications. German employers that wish to sponsor work and residence permits must be registered with the labor authorities and must 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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