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Moving to Germany: Guide to German visas and permits

Moving to Germany: Guide to German visas and permits

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Find out which German visa or permit you need to visit, live, study or work in Germany.

Work in Germany: Getting a German work permit

Work in Germany: Getting a German work permit

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If you want to work in Germany – and you're not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland – you'll need a work permit, which will be linked to your residence status in Germany.

German visa to join a relative or partner in Germany

German visa to join a relative or partner in Germany

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If you want to move to Germany to join a family member or spouse, a family reunification visa will permit you to live and work in Germany.

Study in Germany: German student visas and permits

Study in Germany: German student visas and permits

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A guide for German student visa and immigration requirements for those who plan to study in Germany or carry out academic research.

A guide to German citizenship and permanent visas

A guide to German citizenship and permanent visas

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After living in Germany for five years you can apply for a German permanent visa, and after eight years you can become a German citizenship.

A guide for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens moving to Germany

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EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can live and work in Germany without restrictions, but will need to register with the local German authorities.

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