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Entering Germany

Do I need a visa to be able to come to Germany? You will learn more here on the requirements for entering Germany.

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Subsequent entry of spouses

Language skills are an elementary requirement to ensure successful integration. Foreign nationals who want to move to Germany to be with their spouse must therefore be able to prove that they have basic German-language skills before they enter the country.

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Working in Germany

Anyone coming from a third country and wishing to work in Germany needs a residence title for work purposes. The type of residence title is determined by the skills and abilities that are contributed.

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Studying and education in Germany

Non-EU citizens who wish to study in Germany must meet some special requirements. In addition to a knowledge of the language of instruction, those interested in studying must generally have a visa in order to enter Germany. Additional information can be found here.

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Ethnic German resettlers

Ethnic German resettlers are ethnic Germans from the successor states of the former Soviet Union and from other Eastern European states who are entitled to live in Germany by means of a special acceptance proceedure.

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Wichtige Mitteilung


There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.Interviewers from reputable survey institutes who are currently conducting interviews as part of research projects in which data are collected on a voluntary basis clearly state who they are working for. They also give the name of the survey institute and prove this by showing the appropriate documentation. This means that you can make enquiries should you have any doubts.

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