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HELP! with getting work visas
Posted April 16th, 2013 - 11:19 am by from Granada, Spain (Permalink)
Hi all

Im a New Zealander that is able to get my work visa while in Germany, now ive found out recently that i need to register myself at the local immigration office before i can apply for my work visa, also i need to go with a German speaking person so they can translate for me.

My questions are...

Can i book a appointment at pretty much any office ?

What do i need to bring with me? as they dont say

Can i go and apply for my visa the next day ?

If anyone's been through this process before and can give me a little insight from their experience that would be much appreciated.


Posted April 16th, 2013 - 4:31 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Hey Andrew,

I have also just recently moved to Berlin and had to go through a similar process. I have a German passport, so I am not sure if it works the same way for you, but I had to go to the "Bürgeramt" to let them know that I was living in Berlin and where I was staying - I would bring your apartment contract with you, although they did not ask to see mine, and of yours your passport. Think that should be all. This you can do at any "Bürgeramt" in Berlin, but I would suggest you don't do it at popular / central places, because then you might be waiting for hours or even a whole day. I went to the one in Spandau and even waited for 2 and a half hours. You get a confirmation right away and then I am guessing you need to take that to the VISA office. But not sure where that was. I can ask around at work and if I find out more I will let you know. I speak German fluently, so if you don't know any Germans and find that you need help, just shout. Think that they should be able to help you in English, but as I said, if you need help let me know. Know how it feels to be new in a place and a bit lost, so we foreigners need to stick together ;)

Hope I could help.

Cheers, Claudia

Posted April 17th, 2013 - 5:32 pm by from Granada, Spain (Permalink)
Hi Claudia

Yes i know that even EU citasinzs need to do this as well, We ended up getting a appointment way down south for tomorrow, ive got a print out from a friend thats got her name, address and sign on it saying that we live there now, she asked one of the guys at the office ( Burgeramt ) and thats all good and of course bring your passport

Next after all that we can go get our work visas done after we do another booking for the visa office, ive found that as long as long can travel to the end of berlin then you can pretty much do it the next day.

I know alot of them dont speak any english or not enough to really explain what we need to do etc

It would be awesome to get some help with this, ill PM you to see if you can join us tomorrow :)