Employment in Germany

Visa Needed?

All persons who wish to seek gainful employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. Where needed, a work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

Visa Country List

Before submitting your visa application, please check whether your foreign professional qualification needs to be recognized in Germany.

Where and how to apply?

Citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit for work purposes after entering Germany without a visa. Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a visa for work purposes prior to entry (an option also open to US citizens) at the German Embassy in Washington, the Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or San Francisco.

Click on the Consulate Finder below to find out where to submit your application and to learn about any specific application procedures. Due to local particularities handling and processing may vary slightly among the German missions involved.

Consulate Finder

Except for rare instances, you have to submit your application in person. Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländerbehörde) competent for your intended place of residence in Germany. Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed.

After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Office and –if applicable- by the Work Office, the Embassy / Consulate will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa, which will include the authorization to work in Germany. No extra work permit has to be obtained in Germany.

Scientists holding a scholarship by a German scientific organization may be granted a visa within a few days by the Embassy or Consular Mission.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.


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Consulate Finder

German Missions in the United States

Find out which German Mission can assist you by using our Consulate Finder.

Consulate General Los Angeles Closed


Due to construction work at the German Consulate General of Los Angeles, the visa section will not be able to process any visa applications from January 16 until March 31, 2017.

Visa Appointment Requirements

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All German Missions require that you schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa.
Please check specific appointment requirements on the website of the mission that is responsible for you:





Los Angeles


New York

San Francisco


You do not know which mission can assist you? Use our Consulate Finder:

Consulate Finder

Visa FAQ

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Did you have a look at our FAQs? You might find the answer to your question right there.