A Schengen visa (also called a tourist visa or Category C visa1) allows you to visit Germany and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days. You can't work or study in Germany with a Schengen visa§6.

You can rarely convert a Schengen visa to a residence permit like the work visa, Blue Card, student visa or freelance visa1, 2. Normally, you must leave Germany, and apply for a German residence permit in your home country. You can rarely extend a Schengen visa1.

If you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, you don't need a Schengen visa. You can visit Germany and Schengen countries for up to 90 days without a visa1, 2. If you want to stay longer, you can apply for a residence permit in your home country, or while you are in Germany.

If you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you don't need a visa to visit Germany. You can live, work and study in Germany without a visa1.