GERMANY FREELANCE VISA
If your job boosts the German economy, you may be eligible for this visa. Such jobs include being an artist, writer, self-employed doctor, engineer, language teacher, interpreter, auditor, or architect.
WHAT NEEDS TO FULFILLED?
You will be granted a permit if you can prove that:
- you will be able to finance your undertaking,
- make a living for yourself, and
- have the permission to practice in your profession, where needed.
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE?
- You must follow the requirements below to qualify for a Germany freelance visa:
- Germany must need or financially benefit from your profession.
- You need to demonstrate that you have clients who are interested in working with you. Letters of intent from potential clients confirming their intent to work with you are required.
- You must demonstrate that you have the financial resources to live comfortably, which must be at least €9,000 annually.
- You must be a German citizen with valid residency. In order to register your address at a local registration office (Bürgeramt), you must obtain lodging.
- If you are over 45, you need to have a solid pension strategy. You must have one of the following by the age of 67:
- either a pension of at least €1,332.36 per month for at least 12 years, or
- assets worth at least €194,631.
HOW LONG ONE CAN STAY WITH THIS VISA?
Your residence permit, which is originally only valid for a maximum of three years, may be extended if your company idea is successful and you are able to support yourself and your family as a result of your business. You are eligible to apply for a settlement permit after five years, which will allow you to stay in Germany permanently.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR FREELANCE VISA
When you apply for a residence permit, you generally have to present the following documents:
- Completed application form
- Valid passport
- Business plan
- Proof of health insurance
- Your rental lease and confirmation from your landlord (if applicable).
- Letter of Intent for Collaboration. Your prospective clients (you need at least 2) should write a letter, confirming they plan to collaborate with you once you get the visa. This is only necessary if you will work on a fee basis.
- If you will work as an artist and language teacher: Proof of regular income.
- Graduates from German universities: copy of your degree certificate
- People over the age of 45: proof of retirement plan
The following fees apply to the German freelancer visa:
- The cost of the embassy is €75.
- The cost of the Ausländerbehörde is €100 (or €28.80 for citizens of Turkey).
- A temporary residence permit extension costs €100.
- A settlement permit (PR) costs €124.
BUSINESS PLAN FOR GERMANY FREELANCE VISA
Before applying for freelance visa, it is very important to prepare and submit a detailed business plan.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BUSINESS PLAN?
Drafting a business plan in an easy to comprehend manner is vital if you are looking to seek investment for your new company. The main sections of the business visa plan are mentioned below:
- Business Concept
- Stages of Implementation
- Management Profile
- Potential Customers
- Marketing Strategy
- Pricing Strategy
- Competitive Analysis
- Means of finance
Infocrest will assist you in establishing your company so that you can get a freelance visa in Germany.