Embassies and documentation in Germany

German “Work-Visa Citizen” Assistance

German “Work-Visa Citizen” Assistance


There are rules and regulations when it comes to working in Germany. Being the holder of a residence permit does not automatically allow one to work in Germany, unless of course your work permit states that you are indeed allowed to take employment. There are however, situations where one may be able to take on a job in Germany as there are ways in which one can obtain a work permit.


Having graduated from a recognized university, you can venture to Germany in search of a job provided you are willing to consider Germany your long term place of residence. The opposite is true for those who do not hold a particular skill. For those looking to find a job that is considered 'low-skilled' this is forbidden by the recruitment ban and only in special circumstances will one be able to work their way around this regulation. The labour market is not a very easy one to access in German as privilege is given to German nationals and a non citizen will only be applicable for the position in the case that there is a shortage of Germans in the particular field and the position can not be filled.


For those who have obtained a university degree, the Blue Card system is in place and will ease the process of finding a job in Germany. However, certain rules do apply in order to be eligible for an EU Blue Card. One must be able to provide evidence of being qualified, in this case, have a university degree and be able to present to the relevant authorities proof that you have indeed received an offer for a job from a German firm.


An easier means of getting into the German job market is through specific fields. If you have worked in, or contain a university degree in matters that have to do with technology, math, information technology or you are a medical doctor and have an offer from a Germany company or organization that will yield you an annual income in excess of 37,000 euros, then you may be eligible to receive an EU Blue Card.


So how does one get a job offer without coming to Germany?


You can indeed receive a visa in order to seek employment in Germany. Finding a job from overseas can be rather challenging, and the authorities do realize that and thus will grant you six months in which you can look for a job, do interviews etc. You are, however, not entitled to work in Germany during this time. The visa that you will receive is referred to as a jobseeker's visa. In order to get this visa, you will, once again have to provide evidence of your qualifications.


If you work for a company in the United States that has relations in Germany, then you may also be able to obtain a visa from your company provided they would like your expertise in the German market. [...]

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The Embassy and Consulates are the Places to go if Something Goes Wrong While You are Living in Germany

Living abroad has its perks and its issues, however, there is one place that is always available should someone require assistance while living in another country. Not every country has United States Embassies. Luckily, Germany is one of the many countries with a U.S. Embassy and Consulates.

What is the purpose of an embassy or consulate?

Headed by an ambassador, the purpose of an embassy is to take care of diplomatic and political issues with the nation in which it is located. The ambassador represents their home country and acts as the spokesperson for their government. The consulates are represented by consuls, and they take care of issues involving their nation’s citizens, whether visiting or residing, as well as the nation’s commercial affairs. A U.S. Consulate is the best place to get any help or information while residing in Germany.

What kinds of services do the embassy and consulates in Germany provide?



Any issues involving a passport or visa can be taken care of at a consulate in Germany. Should a U.S. citizen require funds, then an embassy or consulate can assist in contacting family or a bank. The embassy or consulate will typically be unable to issue money to citizens, however. Consulates can check in on U.S. citizens who are arrested or incarcerated; however, they are unable to get involved in any legal matters, other than to assist in finding a lawyer. The embassy or consulate also assists in dealing with paperwork upon the birth of a child to U.S. citizens in Germany or upon the death of a U.S. citizen in Germany.

If a U.S. citizen wishes to get married in Germany, the embassy or consulate can offer help with the process, as well as with the process of moving non-citizens married to citizens. Consulates cannot offer legal assistance with the international adoption process; they can, however, help find a lawyer who deals with international adoption. The consulate can assist those who need documents notarized, and they are also able to assist with absentee ballots. The embassy and consulate are limited in their ability to help with tax issues; however, since U.S. citizens must pay taxes even when they live out of state, there is an IRS office at the Berlin Embassy should someone require assistance.

An important note about embassies and consulates is that they are very limited in the amount of assistance they can provide with legal matters. Expatriates living in Germany must adhere to the German legal system, and if someone needed any legal help, they would need to contact a lawyer. The only way the embassy or consulate could help is by assisting in finding an attorney.

List of embassy and consulates in Germany

The U.S. Embassy in Germany is located in Berlin. Click here to visit the embassy’s website.

There are U.S. Consulates located in the following cities in Germany:

·         Düsseldorf

·         Frankfurt

·         Hamburg

·         Leipzig

·         Munich

For more information on what each consulate in Germany has to offer, click here.


It is always beneficial to know where the nearest embassy or consulate is when moving abroad. Should the need ever arise, the embassy or consulate can help with any number of issues while living in Germany. If they cannot help with an issue, they can usually direct an individual to the information, office, or person who can help.[...]

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Documentation Passports and Visas

German Visa & Passport Requirements


American expats relocating to Germany to work for an American based company are not required to obtain Visas. However, once you have entered Germany, you will have 3 months to obtain both residence and work permits in order to remain in the country for longer.




The permit process can take quite a bit of time, but temporary permits are generally issued and will be valid for 6 to 7months while you are waiting on your permanent permit.

Other requirements for staying in Germany include: being able to prove that you can support yourself financially while inthe country, and that you have health insurance at all times, while you are inGermany.



While you do not need a Visa to live and work in Germany, you do need to have a valid passport. You should make sure that your passport expiration date exceeds your scheduled departure from Germany by at least 3 months just in case you experience any delays.[...]

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