Working in Germany

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Working in Germany, © Colourbox

01.07.2020 - Article

Here is an overview of the different purposes for which visas are granted:

EU- Blue Card ( § 18g AufenthG)

Residence permit for researchers

Academics (§18b Abs. 1 AufenthG)

Skilled professionals (§18a AufenthG)

IT-specialist with job experience

Employment with partial recognition of training ( §16d AufenthG)

Job Training (§ 16a AufenthG)

Employment (New Zealand citizens only)


Job seeker (§20 AufenthG)

Au Pair


General Information

New Zealand citizens can also apply for a work permit after entering Germany at the local authority for foreigners (excluding Jobseeker´s Visa).This also applies to citizens of Australia, Canada, Honduras, Israel, Japan, The Republic of Korea and the United States of America.
All other citizens must apply before entering Germany keeping in mind that the processing of work visa (residence permits) may take up to 3 months.

Visa applications can only be lodged in person by prior appointment with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications.

Appointments have to be booked via our online appointment booking system

Fingerprints will be electronically scanned as part of the application process.

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