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Starting up in business and self-employment

The self-employed play a major role in Germany. Germany needs people with creative ideas who can develop new products, processes and services. A major problem when it comes to starting up in business is however the financial risk. This makes good preparation and adequate financial security vital. Make sure that you have all the information that you need concerning the conditions applicable to starting up in business to ensure that your business will be successful in the long term.

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The Residence Act and the Freedom of Movement Act/EU specify who, as a foreign national, may take up self-employment. Particularly if you are from a country outside the EU, you should make detailed enquiries about the laws that apply to you.

Support for entrepreneurs

If you would like to set up a business, you can apply for funding, e.g. from the Federal Government or from the governments of the individual Federal Länder.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • the employment agency
  • the Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • the Chambers of Trade.
Date 17 December 2015

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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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