Individuals of other nationalities moving to Germany require residence and
work permits. Basically, the two documents are issued under a combined
procedure which includes a review of the local job market to ensure that there is
no German or EU job seeker available to fill the position. The prospective
employer is therefore involved from an early stage.
In most cases, the procedure starts with the application by the employee to
the German consulate in his home country for a three-month entry visa. His
intending employer should file an application for an employment permit at the
same time, as the consulate will refer the visa request to the local authorities of
the intended place of residence. Thereafter, work/residence permits are granted
at yearly intervals which can be extended later to two or five years.