A long-term stay in Germany is one for more than 90 days. The EU Blue Card, for example, is a German visa that allows its holder to reside in Germany for four years. A long-term German visa must be applied for before entry into Germany. This application is made at the responsible immigration registration office. Basically, the approval of the immigration authority in Germany, where the immigrant wants to reside in the future, is required. If the visa is to be issued for a longer-term stay, there must be a claim to a right of residence in Germany. Such a claim may be given in the case of the subsequent immigration of a family member, such as a spouse or child. A national visa is often issued based on immigration for self-employment, to seek and/or take up employment, or admission to a German university. However, all these cases are subject to various conditions. The issuance of a long-term visa, therefore, depends on the purpose of stay.
At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our German visa lawyers advise on all matters concerning the EU Blue Card, the ICT Card, family reunification in Germany and more. We support individuals and our corporate clients with their application for German visas and in disputes on visa issues. Furthermore, our lawyers support those applying for the German visa for self-employment and those seeking German residency by investment.