The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Germany. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Participate in business meetings and discussions, including negotiating and signing contracts
  • Attend a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or a conference on specific dates
  • Conduct site visits and gather information

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is limited, specific and determined prior to applying
  • That he/she will not be remunerated for work by any German sources
  • Current bank statements from the previous three months

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum allowable stay in Schengen countries as a business visitor is 90 days cumulatively for all member countries within any 180-day period.

Work Permit Types

The two main categories of work permits in Germany are the Residence Permit for Employment Purposes (International Personnel Exchange) and the Residence Permit for Employment Purposes (Local Contract).

Maximum Period Stay

For both Residence Permit types, the validity varies; 1-2 years is standard but three years is possible.