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Special regulations for artists

Would you like to work as a self-employed or employed artist in Germany? Find out which visa requirements are applicable to your situation.

The German labour market is also open to artists from abroad. You can find out whether you need a visa to enter or a permit to stay in Germany in the section "Who needs a visa"?

Dependent employment

In the case of dependent employment in the cultural and entertainment fields, in which you are occupied for up to 90 days, the procedure runs as follows: after you as an artist have applied for a work visa at their German mission abroad, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) will be contacting you to give you consent. In case of approval by the BA, the visa can be issued. You can get more information on that topic at your local German mission abroad.

There may be exceptions in the case of temporary dependent employment. If the requirements are met, the German missions abroad assess whether the employment in question does or does not require approval:

  • The professional is working in the context of performances, music and festivals of artistic value while maintaining their regular residence abroad, without having the duration of their activity exceed 90 days within 12 months;
  • The professional is performing in daily performances up to 15 days per year.
     

Self-employed activities

Artists from abroad who are planning a long-term stay (more than 90 days) in order to work independently generally need a visa for self-employment. In Germany, this visa subsequently needs to be converted into a residence permit for the practice of self-employed activity. The residence permit requires i.a. proof of your financial means to cover your living expenses and the BA's approval. The profession of an artist is considered an independent occupation. Some of these independent professions in Germany may be practiced without meeting any specified preconditions for admission. Detailed information on requirements, tax issues and the legal forms of freelance professionals can be found on the service webpages of Baden-Württemberg.

This information applies throughout Germany. Exceptions may apply in cases of temporary employment. If the following requirements are met, the German mission abroad assesses whether the employment in question does or does not require approval:

  • The professional is working in the context of performances, music and festivals of artistic value while maintaining their regular residence abroad, without having the duration of their activity exceed 90 days within 12 months;
  • The professional is performing in daily performances up to 15 days a year.

Performers, creatives and creative artists as well as those wanting to work in Germany can find answers to their questions regarding international mobility at www.touring-artists.info.

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