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Are you planning a long-term stay in Germany?

Foreign nationals generally require a visa for stays of more than three months or for stays that lead to employment. This does not apply to citizens of the Union, EEA nationals or Swiss nationals.

Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America can also obtain a required residence permit after entering the country. For nationals of Andorra, Brazil, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino the same applies if no gainful employment is intended. The following applies to all other citizens: The visa for a long-term stay must generally be applied for at the relevant diplomatic mission before entering the country.

On the basis of VO 265/2010, it is now possible to move freely in the Schengen area for up to three months in a period of six months with a national visa (“D visa”) and a valid travel document. These include Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary.

Long-term stays of Brazilian citizens in Germany

Brazilians who want to stay in Germany for more than 90 days need a residence permit. In many cases, this can be applied for directly at the immigration authorities responsible for the German place of residence after entering Germany (e.g. for studies, school exchanges, language courses, family reunification, marriage and subsequent permanent residence).

Exceptions:

1. Entry via a third country: Experience has shown that there are often problems with border control and even rejection when Brazilian citizens enter Germany for a long-term stay without a visa via another country (including within the Schengen area). This is mainly due to the fact that the above-mentioned special regulations are not known to the foreign border authorities and the travelers cannot prove that they are entitled to enter Germany for a longer stay without a visa. We therefore recommend booking a direct flight to Germany in order to avoid the problems when entering the country. Alternatively, the visa can also be applied for in advance at the locally responsible German diplomatic mission abroad.

In the event that you have previously stayed in Germany (or another Schengen state) and have had difficulties with legal residence, we strongly recommend that you apply for a visa beforehand.

2. If you intend to work in Germany, you must apply for the visa at the diplomatic mission responsible for you before entering the country. This includes all occupations

3. Au pair stays and internships as well. A visa should also be applied for when looking for a job, with which a stay of up to 6 months in Germany to look for a job is possible and with which a residence permit for gainful employment can be applied for without having to leave the country beforehand.

On the basis of VO 265/2010, it is now possible to move freely in the Schengen area for up to three months in a period of six months with a national visa (“D visa”) and a valid travel document. These include Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary.