Your chances:

You have obtained a university degree in Germany and would now like to set up a company that is linked to the knowledge you acquired during your studies? For this purpose, you must apply for a residence permit for self-employment at your competent foreigners authority

Among other conditions, these are the requirements you must meet:

  • You can secure your livelihood.
  •  If you are older than 45 years of age, you must have proof of adequate retirement provision.


You are currently abroad and would like to set up a business in Germany?

In order to set up a business in Germany or to exercise a self-employed activity, you must apply for a visa for self-employment at the responsible German embassy in your area. Before applying for a visa, you may want to inform yourself about the documents you will require.
The following information might help you with your visa application:


Do you need further information and consultation? 

  • In the Study section you can learn more about the possibility of self-employment after graduation.
  • Moreover, there are several offers that might be useful to you on your way to setting up your own business. Find out about the available special consulting and information services in the Advisory services section.

Do you have any questions?

Let us advise you on your opportunities to work and live in Germany. Our experts will support you with questions regarding job search, visa, recognition and learning German. 

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