Visa and residence permit requirements
On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find detailed information on visa requirements and the issuing of visas to enter Germany. This list of countries indicates whose citizens require a visa.
- Citizens of non-EU countries require a visa to enter Germany. The German Federal Foreign Office provides information on the requirements for the issue of visas for longer stays and/or stays entitling the holder to take up gainful employment. The decision to accept the application may take several weeks or months. The form to apply for a visa is available on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
On Arrival in Hamburg:
Registering your new residence at the city authorities should be one of the first things you do after relocating to Hamburg. You have to register your new address within two weeks after moving into your new home. This can be done at one of the customer service centres (Kundenzentrum) in Hamburg. After the registration, you will receive a confirmation of the registration (Meldebescheinigung) which you need for example to open a bank account and to apply for a residence permit.
Registration is possible at any customer service center without appointment. Further information can be found on the pages at the Hamburg Welcome Portal: Registration in Hamburg. Please refer to this website for detailed information about the required documents you need to bring.