Live in Germany


Using the Internet to  find information

Using the Internet to find information

The Internet can be very useful when it comes to finding out information. Many public authorities, town/city councils and public offices now have informative websites. You can also find more information, addresses and useful tips relating to the everyday issues covered in this brochure by browsing the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees under the menu item “Welcome to Germany”... »

Information service of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information service of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

If you have questions which go beyond the scope of the advisory services listed above, please contact the information service of the Federal Of ce for Migration and Refugees. The information service staff will provide you with more information, particularly regarding migration and immi- gration and related issues such as integration courses, right of residence or naturalisation. You can contact th... »

Youth migration services

Youth migration services

Advice for young people with a migrant background The initial phase of living in a foreign country is exciting yet also challenging. This is especially true for young people, who quickly want to find new friends and prove themselves at school or at work. The youth migration services (Jugendmigrationsdienste – JMD) help young people to meet the challenges of integrating into life in Germany. They a... »

Migration advice for adult immigrants in Germany

Migration advice for adult immigrants in Germany

The employees at the migration advice service for adult immigrants (Migrationsberatung für erwachsene Zuwanderer – MBE) will be pleased to help you nd a solution to your problems – quickly and without too much bureaucracy. They will support you from your rst day in Germany and know how to help you when you have questions, for example, about the following issues: Learning German (e.g.: Where can I... »

German for professional purposes

German for professional purposes

It is important to have a good command of the German language if you want to find work and be successful in your choice of profession. So there are special courses where you can learn to speak the German you need in working life. You will learn the words, grammar and phrases that you need to understand and to be understood when talking to your colleagues, customers and your bosses and superiors. I... »

Learning German in Germany

Learning German in Germany

There are many ways to learn German: schools, universities, cultural centres, clubs and associations, adult education colleges and private language schools all offer German language courses. Do not think that the most expensive course has to be the best. Instead, compare them carefully. How many lesson hours are on offer? How many students are in each class? What are the con- tents of the course? ... »

Information about subsequent immigration of spouses

Information about subsequent immigration of spouses

If a foreign spouse wants to come and permanently stay with their partner who lives in Germany, but the foreign spouse is not a citizen of an EU Member State or is not married to a citizen of an EU Member State, they must provide evidence that they have at least a basic command of the German language. This obligation to prove basic language skills when applying for a visa exists regardless of whet... »

Entering Germany

Entering Germany

Citizens of an EU Member State can enter Germany without a visa. Other foreign nationals normally require a visa. Citizens of certain countries can visit Germany for up to 90 days without a visa. You can find out if this applies to your country of citizenship by enquiring at one of Germany’s diplomatic missions abroad or visiting the Foreign Office website www.diplo.de Application procedure You ha... »