Visa for Self-Employment

Can I come to Germany and start my own business?

A lot of people dream of starting their very own business or working independently as self-employed. If you would like to come to Germany to do so, you will need a visa or a residence permit for self-employment.

What do I have to know?

I want to start a business. What requirements do I have to meet for a visa?

I want to work as a freelancer. What requirements do I have to meet for a visa?

Where do I apply for the visa?

What documents do I need for the application?

What happens after entering the country?

Where can I find more information?

Important

You can learn more about setting up a business in our chapters "Starting up a Registered Business ("Gewerbe")" and "Starting up as Self-Employed ("Freiberufler")".