You can use this chart to check whether and which German language skills you need to have to obtain a specific residence title.
Step 1: Check the requirements
Before applying for a visa, you must check whether you meet the basic requirements for the granting of a residence title (Section 5 para. 1 of the Residence Act [AufenthG]):
- A secure livelihood: As part of the visa process, you must prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses. This can be done in a number of ways: Depending on the purpose of your entry, you can use either your future salary, a declaration of commitment or a blocked bank account with a minimum amount of funds.
- Proof of identity and nationality: You must prove that there is no doubt about your identity and nationality. This is usually done by presenting a valid passport when applying for a visa.
- No public interest in your expulsion: There must be no grounds for your expulsion. A check will be made as to whether your entry into Germany is likely to pose a threat to public safety and public order. Indications of an interest in your expulsion may arise, for example, from information you provide during the security interview and in your visa application.
- Passport obligation: As a third-country national, you can only enter Germany with a valid and recognised passport or document in lieu of a passport. The competent German diplomatic mission will advise you on passport validity requirements.
In addition to the mandatory requirements for obtaining a residence title, you will also need to find out about the specific requirements that apply to your particular purpose of entry and residence – for example, whether you intend to work, study or undertake vocational training in Germany. Refer to the “Types of visa” section for more information.
Step 2: Make an appointment at the German embassy or consulate
If you meet all the requirements for a visa, you will need to collect the necessary documents for your visa application. The list of required documents can usually be found on the website of the German embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Around the same time, you should also make an appointment to submit your visa application.
To find out which German embassy or consulate you need to contact to apply for a visa, please consult the world map.