Guides for future German residents

What German residence permit do you need? Do I need a residence permit?

This guide shows you if you need a residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) to live, work or study in Germany.

How to get a German work visa or Blue Card How to get a work visa or Blue Card

This guide shows you how to apply for a work visa and a Blue Card, step by step. These visas are your first step to working in Germany.

How to apply for the German Freelance Visa How to get a freelance visa

The process and the requirements for obtaining a German freelance visa or a German artist visa. This is how you become self-employed in Germany.

How to renew a German freelance visa How to renew a freelance visa

When your German freelance visa is about to expire, you must renew it. This is how you must do it.

How to get an Ausländerbehörde appointment

Here's what to do if you can't get an Ausländerbehörde appointment. Where to go, when to go, how long you must wait and more.

How the German Fiktionsbescheinigung works How the Fiktionsbescheinigung works

This guide explains what a Fiktionsbescheinigung is, how it works, how to get one. It tells you you when you can travel with a Fiktionsbescheinigung.

Where to get passport photos in Berlin Where to get passport photos

Getting biometric pictures taken for passports, visas and drivers' licences is quite simple in Berlin. Here's how it's done.

Which health insurance do you need for a German visa? Health insurance for your German visa

This guide shows you how to choose valid health insurance for your German visa application.

List of relocation agencies and relocation consultants in Berlin Relocation agencies in Berlin

These relocation consultants can help you get the right residence permit and visa to live, work and freelance in Germany.