What is a National Visa or Category D visa?

The National Visa (also known as Type D or Category D Visa1) is a category of visas that let you stay in Germany for a longer period. These visas allow you to stay in Germany (and other Schengen countries) to work, study, search for work or reside permanently.

The job seeker visa, the freelancer visa, the work visa and the artist visa are types of National Visas. The tourist visa is not a National Visa.