Simplified work permit for Canadians between 18 and 35
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.
The Embassy 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 the German Embassy in Ottawa or Consulate in your region. Please consult the website of the German Embassy for details on German permits.
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" in the brochure Work & Travel in Germany (pdf 980 KB).
Companies interested in offering short term employment to Canadians in Germany as part of an International Experience (youth mobility) or an internship program should consult this guide for companies.
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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