In order to exercise a self-employed activity, you must apply for a visa for self-employment at your responsible German mission abroad. Ideally, you should find out which documents you need before you apply

يجب أن تتحول -في وقت لاحق- تأشيرة الدخول التي أُصدرت إلى تصريح إقامة لممارسة نشاط خاص.

As citizen of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and the USA you may enter Germany without a visa. However, within three months after entering the country you must have applied for the appropriate residence permit.

In order to obtain this residence permit, among other things, you must meet the following requirements:

Economically worthwhile

Your product or service has to be economically worthwhile or serve a regional need.

Positive impact

Your activity has to be deemed likely to have a positive impact on the economy.


You have to supply the capital or have a bank loan to finance it.


You have to have the means to support yourself

Old-age pension

You have to be able to provide proof that you have adequate old-age pension insurance if you are over the age of 45.