Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to Get a Work Visa for Germany

Germany is full of exclusive history and rich culture. There are quite a lot of options for travelers to experience many different things as they are there, but some wish to stay and work or get a new cultural experience, in a field, which they could not otherwise, or just for fun. There are quite a few programs for TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) teachers to teach in Germany and scientific programs that agree to scientists to work and develop their ideas in research laboratories scholarships.

Finding a job. Before you can get a work visa, the applicant must have a job offer. For U.S. citizens, a job that can be obtained, while still in the United States or in Germany as a legal visitor visa.

Fill out the application. The application will need to be completed twice. German Embassy will need the applicant to submit two original copies of the application. The application can be found on the German Embassy website as a PDF file.

Application of work permit is required to submit two passport photographs with the application. There are specific instructions on how to take the picture, and how big the facial image should be on the picture. There PDF sheet available for download, which outlines the required dimensions of the German Embassy website.

Get a valid passport. The passport must have at least six months before the time limit (which period may need to be longer, depending on the work being accepted).

Obtain a copy of your employment contract or letter of intent from the new employer. They should be approved automatically, but make sure you ask for it. Only one copy is required and it will have to be presented to the rest of the application.

Obtain documentation criminal record. This is also known as U.S. police certificate of good conduct. This can be obtained at almost every police station, sometimes for a small fee. Only one copy is needed.

Buy a cashier's check or money order. Application of work permits charges to process. This should be available to the German Embassy in the application or the application will not be processed.

Include in the application and all required documents. The application must be submitted in person. This will have to be done at the German Embassy (Washington) or any of the consulates. Consulates are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.


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