To enter Germany in order to take up employment or pursue self-employment, a national visa is generally required. You must apply for this visa to the competent German foreign mission [embassy or general consulate].
- If you intend to take up employment, the Berlin Immigration Office is generally not involved in the visa procedure.
- On the other hand, if you intend to pursue self-employment, the Berlin Immigration Office is always involved. After your application documents have been reviewed, a response will be issued to the German foreign mission.