Moving to Germany – Sort out your visa

  1. Different ways to move to Germany

Moving to Germany is relatively easy compared to immigrating to other countries. If you meet the requirement, you can get a temporary residence permit, which can turn into a permanent residence permit after a certain period. Having a permanent residence permit gives you similar rights like a German citizen, except that you cannot vote and do not have a German passport. However, you can stay in Germany for as long as you want.

Below are the main ways to move to Germany:


If you find a qualified job in Germany, you can move to Germany with a working visa. After working for some years, you may be able to apply for a permanent residence permit.


If you have the required funds and can prove that your business can benefit the German economy, you can move to Germany with a self-employment visa. After certain years, you may be able to apply for a permanent residence permit.


If you live in Germany, your spouse and children (under 16) may be able to join you and move to Germany with a family reunion visa. They will have to prove their relationship with you, and may also need to prove that they achieve a certain level of German proficiency.

  1. Sort out your visa

If you are from a non-EU country, you will have to apply for a proper resident visa when you move to Germany.

To apply for the visa, you will need to show your health insurance and your financial proof, i.e. proof of income or sufficient initial funds that can cover your living expenses in Germany. If you are from certain countries, you may even need to have a blocked bank account to ensure you have sufficient money every month.

Depending on your situation, you will need different types of visas to move to Germany. For example, study visa, family reunion visa, work visa, business visa, etc. Besides, the visa requirements can be very different between countries. It is important that you consult the German embassy in your home country for any questions you have regarding your visa.


Besides, you should also make sure that your passport is valid not only during your assignment period in Germany, but also around 6 months after that time. Some countries have a six-month passport-validity rule, meaning that you may be denied boarding or entry upon arrival if your passport is not valid for six months beyond your intended return date. This is because some countries do not want to risk having travelers overstaying their passport validity.

To be safe, you should make sure that your passport is not expiring too early. It will also save you a lot of stress as you don’t have to worry about your expiring passport later on and can be flexible about changing your plans when staying in Germany.


  1. Get valid health insurance in Germany

Germany has a universal healthcare system, meaning that everyone must have health insurance so that they can be treated when necessary, regardless of their financial status.

To apply for your visa, you will need to show your health insurance.


Before you start, you should know that there are two main types of health insurance in Germany: Private health insurance and public health insurance. For employees, if you earn less than 64,350 Euros per year (2021), you must have public health insurance. If you earn over this income threshold, you have the choice to use private health insurance.

Besides, if you are a student, self-employed and freelancers, you can also choose to have private health insurance.


German Citizenship

Citizenship during 6 years



By investing min of 150,000 – 500,000 Euro


NO dual citizenship allowed

Covers whole family


Valid for life

Eligible for all nationalities