Want more than 3 months in Europe at a time?
BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO BEGIN?
This eBook will help you to:
- Understand what you need to apply for the freelance visa, artist visa, German language-learning permit, preparing to study and/or searching for employment permits
- Make your home base in Europe
- Add a category to your already existing freelance or artist visa, and figure decide which category to ask for.
- Explain to potential clients what should be written in your letter of intent using the included templates.
- Sort out your health insurance.
- Prepare for your visa appointment with helpful tips.
Get Visa Germany covers the process for obtaining the following work permits:
- Freelance work permit
- Artist work permit
- Preparing to study permit
- Intensive German Language student residence permit
- Residence permit for qualified workers wishing to search for employment
As well as information about:
- Adding a category to an existing freelance or artist permit
- Applying for the “open” visa after working in Germany for three years
- Contacts and suggestions for required health insurance
- List of useful resources and forms
- Tips for your application and appointment at the immigration office
Who is this guide for?
Not all countries have the same relationship with Germany, which means it is much harder for citizens of some countries to get work permits in Germany than others.
Some people can come to Germany as a tourist for up to three months without a visa and then apply for a work permit from within Germany while others cannot. This eBook is intended for citizens from the following countries:
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- United States of America
These countries have the same or similar regulations with regards to the application process.
*** This guide is only suggested for citizens of the above countries, as the procedures to get a work permit for citizens of other countries differs. ***
Who am I and how did I get here?
Oh hi! I’m Nicole and I’ve been living in Berlin, Germany since 2011. During the panic of my senior year of college what-will-I-do-with-my-life?! dilemma, I googled “how can I not live in America?” and ended up in Berlin. Okay, it was a bit more complicated than that. A TEFL certificate, a eurotrip and a couple of teaching jobs later and I found myself in Berlin. Originally flown over for an au-pair job, which I quit after 3 weeks, I suddenly needed a way to stay in the country…quickly. After endless stressing and conflicting information, tons of research and lots of confusing conversations in German at many government offices, I finally left with a freelance visa in hand.
I began with teaching English to adults and children, then moved on to freelancing in Admissions at a business school. Eventually I wanted to be able to travel more, so I started working as a mostly remote freelance customer service agent at a Start-Up, translating, leading monthly workshops on how to be a freelancer in Berlin, and doing the occasional Project Management gig abroad. After three years, I applied for my “open visa” and got it, allowing me to work any type of job, both freelance and employed. In 2015 I began working full-time in the administration of a small university and freelancing occasionally on the side. I am now a permanent resident of Germany.
As you can see, it’s certainly possible to make it work! Though the visa process may seem stressful in the beginning, I’m here to help. I’ve assisted countless friends and clients through their visa applications over the years. In fact, I started to be asked so often for help that I couldn’t keep up! So I finally sat down and wrote this eBook. I hope it helps you.
“Nicole is amazing. With her help, I was able to get my documents quickly in order and without the trouble of extensive research or having to translate everything from German. It was really comforting to have someone guide me through the processes – especially someone who had been in my same position before as a non German/ non-EU citizen… and someone who had succeeded! She gave great advice…and detailed guidance on the visa process, and contacts for health insurance…She presents information in an organized and easy to understand way. I took all the necessary forms and it was a piece of cake. I’ve been living legally in Berlin for almost two years now. Thanks so much for all your help, Nicole!”Liz
“When I had to find a way to stay in Germany for purposes of my pending citizenship, Nicole laid out clearly the visas that were available to me and how I could get them. I really appreciated her straightforward and useful advice in navigating the German bureaucratic system as well as tips for a fellow Ausländer, and because of her I was able to choose and obtain a Sprachkursvisum. Nicole clearly took a professional interest in my unique case and has continued to help me, without hesitation, when I have had follow-up questions.”T. Grass
“After being sent on a wild goose chase by local firms in Berlin, and even being advised by my future employer to schedule appointments with the famed Ausländerbehörde on days that it was not even opened, I was frustrated and fed up with the German visa system. After being recommended to Nicole by a coworker, I got in touch with her via email and she sent me all of the necessary information in regards to the documents that I would need to have a painless visit to the Ausländerbehörde. She included templates of each document, which made the entire ordeal even easier. On the day of my appointment, I walked in and out in under 20 minutes, with not a single question asked by the person who had reviewed my documents. Shortly thereafter, I was issued my Aufenthaltstitel allowing me to work as a Freiberufliche Englischlehrerin/Sprachtrainerin.”Kirstin M.
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