Employment in Germany

Visa Needed?

All persons who wish to seek employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. Where needed, a work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

Visa Country List

How to apply?

Citizens of Japan, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit for work purposes after entering Germany without a visa. Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a visa for work purposes prior to entry (an option also open to Japan citizens) at the German Embassy or the German Consulate.

You have to submit your application in person. Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländeramt) responsible for your intended place of residence in Germany. Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed.

After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority and –if applicable- by the Federal Employment Office, the Embassy will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa, which will include the authorisation to work in Germany.

Scientists holding a scholarship by a German scientific organization may be granted a visa within a few days by the Embassy or the Consulate General.

Required Documents

one Web-Version application form ( application form for Schengen Visa ) and  two fully completed application forms( for long term visa ) and required declaration in duplicate
two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)
valid national passport and two copies
additional for non-Japanese citizens: original of valid Japanese residence card and one copy

-employment contract or detailed letter ( containing salary, working hours, workplace, duration of work contract, etc )  from your future employer in Germany and two copies

-if you have, admission from ZAV   and two copies

certificate of  university graduation ( in English or German )
Visa fee (75 EUR, payable in Japanese yen according to the official exchange rate on the date of application)

Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

Employment in Germany

Muster eines elektronischen Aufenthaltstitels (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) in Deutschland


Because of a German holiday the German Embassy Tokyo and the German Consulate General Osaka-Kobe are  closed on Tuesday October 31st 2017 .

Appointment required / German Embassy

With the new service, you are now requested to book a time slot to meet the visa officers at the Embassy.

Appointment system

For visa and passport applications at the Consulate General Osaka-Kobe starting 1st October 2015 an appointment is required.

The Visa Information System – VIS

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.