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Find out which German visa or permit you need to visit, live, study or work in Germany.
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.
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.
A guide for German student visa and immigration requirements for those who plan to study in Germany or carry out academic research.
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.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can live and work in Germany without restrictions, but will need to register with the local German authorities.