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Work and Residence Permits for Germany

Canadians can enter Germany without a visa and may visit Germany as tourists or for business purposes without a visa for up to ninety days.

It is important to know that the German authorities are strictly reinforcing the 90-day rule. Canadians who have spent more than 90 days in Germany without a valid permit risk a fine or legal proceedings.

In Germany, as in the rest of Europe, the possession of a valid passport is compulsory. You may be asked to show it upon request.

Living and Working in Germany

Our offices cannot provide assistance in obtaining a permit for Germany. Canadians who wish to stay more than three months or work in Germany require a visa (Aufenthaltstitel). Visas can be applied for at a German mission in Canada. Canadians who are already in Germany can submit an application for a permit at their local Foreigner's Office (Ausländerbehörde).

Young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 can apply for a simplified work permit under the "Youth Mobility Program". The application can only be submitted in Canada at the German Embassy in Ottawa or German consulate in their respective region. Read more about the "Youth Mobility Program".

Canadians with higher educational qualification might be interested in the Blue Card.

Visas for Travel to Countries Other than Germany

To find out about current entry requirements of countries other than Germany, you should contact the embassy of the country in question. Useful information for Canadian travellers can also be found at: Travel Reports and Warnings.

Visas and residence permits for Canadians are the sole responsibility of the individual and the authorities of the country in question.

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