What is a National Visa or Category D visa?

A National Visa (or Category D visa) is a type of German visa. It lets you enter Germany to work, study or start a business. It’s valid for 3 to 12 months.1 When you arrive in Germany, you must convert your National Visa into a residence permit at the Ausländerbehörde.

The tourist visa is not a National Visa.

More about visas and residence permits

Sources and footnotes
  1. Berlin.de, Berlin.de