How to Apply for a German Working Holiday Visa in Berlin

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Chris Lim
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16 September 2019
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Zach Greenwood
Zach Greenwood
2 years ago

Hi, thanks so much for the helpful article. I just had a question re: applying for visa outside of Germany..
So I am in Berlin right now on a 90 day tourist visa but due to difficulties getting Anmeldung, I am considering going and staying with a friend in Amsterdam and applying for my working visa from the German Consulate over there.. Is there any reason why this might not work?

Kim
Kim
2 years ago

@Zach
Hi guys!

Also having Anmeldung issues but am currently in Amsterdam, wondering if you applied in Amsterdam and if this method worked?

Thanks for the article, stressed Kiwi.

Brad Lindsay
Brad Lindsay
2 years ago

A lot of information I've seen on applying for a YMV always refer to Berlin as the city of choice, can this process be undertaken in any other city in Germany, for example Munich?

Billie
Billie
2 years ago

Hey Chris,
Really helpful article and blog thankyou!
Im currently planning on moving over to Berlin at the end of October this year on the WHS - leaving myself a bit of time to organise things, some people mention its fine applying in Berlin but others suggest to skip the hassle - apply here in Aus before i go. I know this isnt whay you did, but wondering if you had insight into this from talking to others? Or, given i have a bit of time up my sleeve to book appointments with the departments, if you think applying when i get there would be fine....
(I don’t speak german or know anyone that likes me enough to waste a day with the gov... I wouldn’t openly give a day up to join an acquaintance at centrelink either...)

Mainly concerned if i have to apply here in Aus 2months before i leave, will it start cutting into my visa time?
Also, the part about registering an address?
Obvs i wont have found permanent residence when i first land on the ground in Berlin, but planning on staying at an airbnb or something till i find / can go to house viewings. Is there a time frame to register address?
Im actually flying into Amsterdam on a One way ticket, then will get a train to Berlin ( and have proof of the onward travel to show )

Lastly - I know, so many questions! Sorry.
You can’t really earn much on the WHS visa, but im hoping to use it as a bridging to then try find a sponsored job in my field. Again something done better in person. Have you stayed on the WHS Or have you transferred to the working visa, and if so, is it difficult?

Thanks for any advice.

Cheers,
Billie 🙂

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

This is super helpful! I'm going to be applying in a smaller town so luckily there aren't any crazy waiting periods, my question is if the “Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" is functionally the same as "Antrag auf Erteilung eines nationalen Visums"?

I'm still waiting to hear back from the Ausländerbehörde here (probably will have to end up calling them) about which is the right form, but I thought you might know.

Danni
Danni
2 years ago

Hi Chris,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this!! It was extremely helpful.

I am planning to move to Berlin and July and stay for at least 9+ months. I currently live in Melbourne.

I have one questions - What would be the absolute best way to apply for this working holiday visa from here?

It is my understanding that the German embassy here in Melbourne have nothing to do with visas.. I am definitely up for a trip to Sydney if need be to lock everything in before I leave and avoid the headache.

Apologies for the dumb questions I am just feeling very confused of where to start!

Thank you again Chris 🙂

Olivia
Olivia
2 years ago

Hi Chris,
I've just purchased some Mawista insurance but I would like to cancel it after I receive my visa. How did you go about cancelling your insurance.

Thank,
Olivia

Dean Reading
Dean Reading
1 year ago

Has anyone recently gotten an appointment in Berlin at the Ausländerbehörde for the Working Holiday Visa? I'm currently in Berlin and need to get the visa, but when I try to book there are NO dates available (I checked up to 2023).
My partner needed an appointment for her freelance visa and got one in a couple of months.

Eli robson
Eli robson
1 year ago

Hey ya. Just letting you know that you technically dont need to register your address anymore as it states 'Certificate of registration at the main residence or
Rental agreement and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord'. The second option being much easier to obtain.
Also as an Australian you can stay in Germany an extra 90 days under the visa exempt agreement if you do use the original 90 days in shengen (it really does take that long sometimes!) There is not much info on this but you can email the german embasy to get proof.

Hope this helps

Alex Earnshaw
Alex Earnshaw
1 year ago

Great article Chris. Interesting about claim issues with "Mawista Student" though. There's a passage in the eligibility section that seems to include working holiday participants - that is definitely worth pointing out if any further issues arise:

"§ 1 Who is eligible for insurance cover?
1. The following are eligible for insurance cover:
a) Residents of Germany who are travelling abroad as language
pupils, students, scholarship holders, candidates for a
doctor‘s degree, guest researchers, practical trainees, or who
are participating in „work- & holiday“-programs as well as
accompanying members of his or her family"

Lina
Lina
1 year ago

Hey Chris,

I think you answered one of my questions on the Australians in Berlin facebook page too. Could be wrong! Anyway,
I'm about to purchase my health insurance before going in (early af) to the visa office tomorrow.
1. Do you mean I can use World Nomads instead of Mawista to take as proof of health insurance to the visa registration office OR do you mean I have to use Mawista first (as cheap option) then ditch and change to World Nomads? What I'm asking is, can I just use World Nomads instead of any German health insurance like Mawista?
I already have travel insurance which covers emergency medical care with World Nomads- it doesn't last the full year though- only goes to May and I'd need it to go to Sep- could I a) add more time to my World Nomads insurance if its valid in your opinion or b) buy Mawista only to cover from the date in May that my World Nomads expires (e.g World Nomads until May then Mawista from May until September ) or b) would it be better to just buy a years worth of Mawista then cancel it??

NEED HELP ASAP

Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

... I just read this, interview tomorrow morning. The insurance says:
We will check your application and send you all of the documents by e-mail within the next several days.

Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago

Update 01/10/2018:
- Mawista student insurance was processed following next day (less then 24 hours).
- I'm from NZ but live in Prague.
- Booked appointment in Prague (showed them 9 days at a hostel in Berlin as proof of address).
- Had to pay fees in Czech Crowns (2k / 75 euro)
- At first they said I needed to go do this in Germany:
As they can do the first part of the application, but I have to do the second part in Germany I think they meant the:
(Anmeldung is the process of registering yourself to a German address.)
THIS WAS NOT TRUE. After talking to them for a while, telling them that it said I could online - a younger girl who was there was like, wait you can just apply here (there were 3 people who kept confusing each other).

7 days later, I could pick up my visa. Done, Super easy.

I agree, don't do it in Germany - it sounds like more work.

Chris Lim - Thank you for your help. This page provided a lot of useful information.

Alec
Alec
1 year ago
Reply to  Aaron

Seconding Aaron's comment, successful appointment in Prague. I also used Mawista. Some important info:
1) visa processing takes a week, minimum and you must collect your visa IN PERSON. This was slightly annoying as I'd been led to believe through other consulates that the visa could be mailed - my bad.
2) One night in a hostel in Dresden was sufficient for the initial proof of address bit on the form - just print out your booking confirmation.
3) Another thing that surprised me (that shouldn't have in hindsight, given the same rules apply to Germans in Australia) is that you're only legally allowed to work with a single employer for up to 6 months. Bear this in mind when considering your work options over here - you'll possibly have to show your potential new employer your visa!

Alec
Alec
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

You're welcome Chris. Thanks again for this helpful article.

I have a question that maybe you can help with(?) In terms of health insurance, my understanding is that German employers will pay your premiums. What I'm still unsure of is whether you select an insurer, or are automatically registered with one, when you commence work for the first time in Germany, or whether you are expected to arrange this yourself in advance, before commencing work? Although we're not citizens/permanent residents (yet!), we're still eligible for the public system right? I.e. we can ditch our private insurers (e.g. Mawista) once we're employed formally in Germany and have a contract?

Vielen Dank 🙂

Julia Moser
Julia Moser
1 year ago
Reply to  Alec

Hi Alec,

Thanks for your comment - very helpful. With regards to the 6 month employment rule, are you aware of any restrictions to how much you can earn per month? I read 400 euros somewhere...which doesn't really seem viable if I have to pay for rent too..but I just want to check. Thanks for your help!

Branden
Branden
1 year ago

Thanks for the advice! Just want to share that I applied for the insurance with MAWISTA and got all the documents in an email within 2 hours. That was a relief considering my visa appointment is in 2 days time.

Catherine Wu
Catherine Wu
1 year ago

Hi Chris,

Thank you for writing up all this info it has been super useful for my upcoming move. Quick question - when you entered Germany did you mention that you were entering to apply for the working holiday visa or did you just say tourism? I know as Australians we're allowed to apply for the visa after entering, but just worried that mentioning anything remotely about working will cause issues at the border.

Thanks,
Catherine

Amy
Amy
1 year ago

Can anyone please tell me if I can bring my non EU husband with me to germany on yOUTH MOBILITY VISA . I am Canadian and he is from non Eu country .
I have been trying to get apointment for Auslanderhorde but it s booked up to 2023 .. so is it still posible to just show up there at 3 am and somehow get visa ?

Amy
Amy
1 year ago

Thank you soo much Chris Lim . I am so happY I found all this information at one place .

Liz
Liz
1 year ago

Hi Chris and the other posters who made an application in Europe but Germany: I find myself in the similar situation.

I read this article, then I decided to apply for the visa while I am in Europe as Chris recommended. I successfully booked an appointment at the German Embassy in Vienna, but I am just wondering if I would have to flash an Austrian residence permit to get the German working holiday visa ..

I noticed that the application form has a place where you have to fill in "Residence Permit No." - I am not sure if it's the one in my home country or the country where I make this application ...

I've called up and emailed them but no reply came, nor could I get through.

Could anyone have any information on this? Hope all this makes sense! I know you all are busy but your prompt response much appreciated.

PS: I'm from Japan

Liz
Liz
1 year ago

Hi Chris, thanks so much for the response.

Yes I'm aware of that, the Japanese passport has 90 days visa free stay in the Schengen zone (FYI: the Japanese can stay in Austria for 6 months on a visa-on-arrival - this rule only applies to Austria not any other Schengen states, though).

Actually I'm afraid I misunderstood your reply... So your point is that I could try applying for a German working holiday visa in Vienna, without having an Austrian residence permit? I have 6 months to try it in Austria?

I know I should directly contact the German embassy but they still haven't replied to my inquiries... 🙁

Liz
Liz
1 year ago

Hi Chris!

Thanks so much for the warm words and tips. The German Embassy in Vienna finally confirmed that, as you said, there is no requirement for having an Austrian residence permit (and that I can leave out the residence permit section in the application form!).

They even stated that the appointment will be conducted either in German or English so no German is required too ???? Then at the end of the email they stated "further questions will not be answered" ???? I think I bombarded them with a lot of questions already (it already took +10 emails to get what I wanted), I will just turn up with all the documents then ????

Will keep you all updated on how it goes so future WHers can benefit from my experience. But as you said, it's always the best to get the necessary information from the source.

Zeina
Zeina
1 year ago

Hi Chris,
This article is amazing. In world where NO website gives you a straight answer about visas or immigration, this is so refreshing.

I'm just wondering, I am an Australian applying for my German WH visa from Bern in Switzerland, and I'm wondering what I'll need to provide at the meeting (I can't get this info from them via email or phone) apart from the standard documents ie.

my passport
proof of funds
35mm x 45mm passport photo
health insurance

As far as I can tell in your article, I don't need to prove any kind of residence or address in Berlin when applying from outside Germany, is this correct?

Any info here would be greatly appreciated!

Zeina
Zeina
1 year ago

Okay, great! Thanks for getting back to me so fast.
Bern seems like a good option because they have many available appointments online, unlike most of the others that I've checked.

I'll be applying on Monday so I'll keep you posted.

One thing I forgot to ask - do you know how long these applications typically take from embassies outside Germany? And will they keep my passport in the meantime - and if they do, will they post it to me after?

Thanks!

Liz
Liz
1 year ago

Update 19 Mar 2019

- I GOT IT in Vienna, Austria 🙂
- The appointment was so easy that I was positively surprised at it... The officer only checked my documents and asked a few questions (e.g. what currency is in my bank statement), She also took my fingerprints. The whole thing took only 10 mins or less. I expected some sort of job interview questions but there were no such things.

- The reception guy was so nice!! Once he knew I'm from Japan he spoke to me in all Japanese he knows 🙂 Although he did keep my mobile for security purposes (oh my belongings also went through the security ), I didn't feel like I was at the embassy due to his easy-going nature,,,

- Less than 24hrs after the appointment they emailed me about the collection of my WHV!! Again I expected that it would take 1 week to get so again I was positively surprised at it. I am going to pick up the visa tomorrow!

- Oh one last thing, the whole process was in English so no German was needed. I didn't need to have an Austrian residence permit either. The Embassy staff told me that it was free for the Japanese applicants (i guess it usually costs you 75 EUR). Was able to save some money, too.

I would like to thank Chris and all the other posters for the information here - it was a massive help!! My piece of advice is that, Like Chris said, you should communicate with the German Embassy you are applying for, even though this page provides a lot of things you need to know. Things may change from time to time

India Armstrong
India Armstrong
1 year ago

Hello Chris,

I have a question about Mawista insurance. You suggested using the student package. Have you used this without being a student? I want to get the cheapest possible that I can cancel but I would hate to be in the visa appointment and then have them ask me questions about why I put I was a student. Ps. Im a 25 year old Australian who has just moved to Berlin to get the working visa!

Thanks for any help you can give and this article has been a life saver!

Liz K.
Liz K.
1 year ago

Hi Chris, a bit off topic but do you happen to offer services that help working holiday makers get a job in Berlin? If not, could you kindly recommend any company with that kind of service? I was considering using Nomaden Berlin but after consideration I just realised that this company is not the best choice for me to go for help,

Olga
Olga
1 year ago

Hi Chris,
Thanks for the very useful info. I am a Canadian, about to apply for the Youth Mobility Visa in Berlin (my appointment is in 3 weeks). I have most of my documents ready but I have a few questions. First, in terms of proof of funds, I've read elsewhere that the printout of your online banking balance may not be sufficient but I opted out of banking statements (to save the trees) a while ago and that's the only option I have right now (especially given that I can't personally go to my bank as I'm here in Germany already). The printout from my online account does have my name on it. Any ideas if that would suffice? Also, the Ausländerbehörde website mentions "an interview" but from what others wrote here it seems they mostly just check that all your documents are in order. So the question is was there actually "an interview" and if so, what type of questions did they ask?
For those that are interested, I got my appointment today (and this was the first day I started checking) by checking the availability starting at 7am. The appointment appeared around 9:05am. It was only for one date in May but many time slots were available.

Bronwyn
Bronwyn
1 year ago

Thanks so much to Liz above. I tried to book a Youth Mobility Agreement visa appointment at the Embassy in Warsaw, but it's for Polish residents only (I'm Canadian). I can, however, book the YMA appointment in Vienna. Gott sei Dank!

Simon
Simon
11 months ago

Great article - I used your post & the comments when I was applying. However, just a few things to note in relation to Liz's comments and applying abroad. I also applied abroad & a 6-month working restriction was put on my visa. After arriving in Berlin I realised I should have applied in Berlin (as everyone I spoke to who applied in Berlin didn't have a working restriction on their visa) but I was worried about anmeldung so applied abroad. You need anmeldung anyway in order to get tax-ID & other admin tasks anyway. The 6-month working restriction has been a hindrance on my job hunt. Something I wish I had known about previously. Apparently, it's quite a new thing for Australian & New Zealanders to have the 6-month restrictions on their visa when applying abroad.

Jack
Jack
10 months ago

Hey - this is a great article, thanks so much! Just to confirm: if we apply for the Working Holiday Visa at the Ausländerbehörde in Berlin, is it processed straight away in the same appointment? The only appointment available for us is a few days before we head to the UK for a month, so we won't be able to leave our passports there. We are NZ citizens, so if we are unable to get the WHV then, we will just apply from the embassy in London (thanks to the information in this article). Thanks!

Jack
Jack
10 months ago

Hi Chris. I just wanted to give a quick update on our experience getting the WHV. We had our appointment in Berlin at the Ausländerbehörde on Keplerstraße this morning. We followed the tips in your article and the application was accepted.

However, at the end of the appointment we weren't issued our Working Holiday Visa card (the officer referred to it as a 1-year residents card, but confirmed it was the WHV when we asked. It also seems like it's a card, rather than a Visa stamp on your passport). Instead, we were given an official letter telling us we could pick up our residents card at an appointment in about a month, and were allowed to stay in Germany until then. The impression we've had from our research is that the Visa is issued the same day, or is it standard that you get the letter first, then the physical card later? We haven't read anything about the month delay.

We are doing some travel to the UK, then back into the Schengen area before our appointment to get the card. We will be entering the Schengen area (Belgium) again on day 83 of our 90 days, travelling from Rome to Berlin on day 91, then picking up our card about a week later. We feel safe about being in Berlin after the 90 days is up, but are now wondering if we should rebook our Rome to Berlin flight to make sure we arrive back in Germany before our 90 days are up. We asked the officer about the letter, and they didn't seem confident that it would be accepted as a Visa in other countries immigrations.

Any thoughts or advice you have would be really appreciated. Thanks!

Jack
Jack
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your quick and thorough reply!

Thanks for the clarification on the Working Holiday Visa / Resident Permit semantics. They confirmed the same thing.

We’ve done some research and posted on Berlin Facebook groups today. Everyone that replied who applied for the WHV in recent months has had the same experience as us. It seems that the Ausländerbehörde no longer issues Working Holiday Visas on the same day (as a passport sticker/stamp that takes up two pages, as you mentioned in your comment). Instead, you are issued a 1-year Alfenhaltserlaubtniss Karte (or Electronic Residence Title / Residents Card. See https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/aufenthalt/elektronischer-aufenthaltstitel/artikel.597898.en.php). The card takes a month to be printed, so in the interim you are given an official letter that gives you an appointment time to pick up your card, and tells you that you are allowed to stay in Germany until that date. We were told we can only pick them up on Wednesdays. This must be a recent change, as the official German website still indicates that you get the Visa on the same day. The link above says the Electronic Residence Title has been around since 2011, so it’s possible it is only just getting rolled out in Berlin now. It is also possible that this change only affects Australians and New Zealanders, as this is the Facebook group we asked.

Worse yet, some people replied and said they were told at the meeting that they were not allowed to leave Germany until they received their Resident’s Card (!). The officer we had however told us we are fine to leave, which is a relief as we have over a month of travel booked. It’s a bit of a worry, however we used Google Translate on the letter we were given, and it said that we could stay in Germany until our meeting to pickup the card, and that “Travel abroad, however, is only possible within the validity of the last issued residence permit”. We are taking this to mean that we can travel on the conditions of our previous permit, which is our 90-day Visa on Arrival for the Schengen area.

Apologies, I might not have been clear with the Schengen question. We have been in Berlin since mid-June, which will be 82 days when we leave for the UK in a week. We are then flying from the UK back to Europe (Schengen area) in a month and a half, which will start our 90-day Schengen Visa again on day 83. We will then be in the Schengen area for 8 days before flying to Berlin. This means we will be on 91 days when we arrive back in Germany. Once we are back in Germany we will be fine, however we are slightly worried about being caught out on 91 days just before arriving back. We’ve been told that Visa’s are never checked for this type of travel. However, just in case - we will print off the Bilateral Visa Waiver documents that say New Zealander’s can technically stay in each Schengen country for 90 days. I’m sure we will be fine.

I’ll post another update when we have the Working Holiday Visa! But it does seem like a lot has changed in the last few months.

Jack
Jack
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

Hello Chris,

I just wanted to give a final update - we got the Working Holiday Visas 🙂

As I mentioned in my last post, after our first WHV appointment we travelled to the UK, then back to Schengen via Belgium before coming back to Berlin. We had no trouble at all leaving or re-entering, though we were under the 90 days (my understanding is that if you are over 90 days you aren’t allowed to travel until you have the resident’s card).

Picking up the card was very easy; in the first meeting we were given a letter that had an appointment date/time. The Ausländerbehörde sets aside a two-hour block every week just to issue the cards, you need to turn up with your letter and passport, then get an appointment number from the machine inside. It wasn’t busy and we only had to wait a few minutes (though some friends who went a few weeks later said they had to wait over an hour).

The officer gave us two things - the Aufenthaltstitel German residence permit card (which was dated for one year from our original appointment), and also a small paper document called a “Zusatzblatt Zum Aufenthaltstitel” that lists our employment provisions. He explained that we need both items (as well as our passport) for identification. He told us he thinks it too complicated now compared to when it used to just be a passport sticker, but that this is just how things are now.

One other thing worth mentioning; it seems like there is some confusion about whether people can start working or not once they have the letter, or whether they need to wait until the have the residence card. Apparently people have been given different answers by the officers at the Ausländerbehörde, with some having to wait another month before they can start working. This didn’t affect us, but it may cause problems for other people who need to start working asap.

I hope it’s OK if I ask one final pedantic travel question that you might have some knowledge of! The WHV means we can stay in Germany for a year, but also visit other Schengen countries for 90 out of 180 days (the same as the tourist Visa). We arrived in Germany in mid-June, but only got our WHV in August. Does the time in Germany before we got the visa count towards the 90-day tourist limit? Since we got the visa we have been travelling in other Schengen countries (but only for about 45 days, nowhere near the 90-day limit). In a few weeks we will be flying from Greece to the UK, so we will need to go through border control as we are leaving Schengen. On the one hand, we have a German WHV and haven’t spent more than 90 days in other Schengen countries, so we should be fine. But on the other hand, technically we were in Germany as tourists for 60 days as tourists before we got the Visa, so if that does count towards the 90-days then we have gone over the 90-day limit because of our travel in other Schengen countries? Our guess is this won’t be an issue, but because we are leaving Schengen from Greece and not Germany, we want to make sure so we don’t have any issues at the border.

Again, many thanks for your help and tips!

Anna A.
Anna A.
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Hey Jack!

How did it eventually go? I am in a similar situation to yours with regards to Schengen days left, except that I am planning to fly out of Schengen during that waiting period of one month.

Also, interested to know the circumstances of your situation, for why you have received a letter. It seems that they are still giving stickers away: https://www.reddit.com/r/germany/comments/cvmaai/got_aufenthaltstitel_as_a_sticker_no_eat/

Cheers!

Jack
Jack
7 months ago
Reply to  Anna A.

Hi Anna,

I’ve just posted an update above in reply to Chris. We also flew out of Schengen and back in the month we were waiting for the residents card, and had no issues at all (though we were under 90 days).

We asked at the Ausländerbehörde about the residents cards, and they said it was a recent change. Everybody we have talked to who got a WHV in recent months went through the same process and received a card, not a sticker. However, the people we know are from New Zealand / Australia, so it’s possible it’s just changing for people from these countries? I’m really not sure sorry, but the change seemed universal.

Cheers!

`AR*yn
`AR*yn
8 months ago

Hey Chris,
Thank you for such an important and helpful article.
im wondering if the travel insurance i got is "good enough"; i got it from my home country (~Israel) its for 2 years, covers me for about everything. i even flew back home just to get it for this visa!
But reading your article im feeling insecure about going there and getting turned down. is there any way of knowing what their standards are in advance?
thank you 🙂

Patrick
Patrick
7 months ago

Hi,
Mawista has 3 options for the student insurance available.
Which one should I choose?
- Student Classic
- Student Classic Plus
- Student Classic Comfort

Thank you.

Patrick
Patrick
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

Thanks for the feedback. I've encountered another problem!
In the online application, it says that MAWISTA Student can only be applied for from a German Address. Problem is, I'm from Australia and not currently in Germany. 😛

Patrick
Patrick
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

I'm applying in Australia.
I got in contact with Mawista, and asked if I could use a friend's address to sign up. They said yes, to put down the friend's name too, and update the address as soon as I've got my own. But I'm thinking the address will show up on the certificate and confuse the folk at the embassy.

Will
Will
6 months ago

Hi Chris,

Do you know if it is possible to start working immediately after receiving your visa letter after your first appointment, or do you have to wait for the second appointment when you receive your card?

Thanks

Will

Tom Riethmuller
Tom Riethmuller
5 months ago

Hi Chris,
Thanks so much for your advice and collection or resources. I have a question about applying from outside of Germany. I’m an Australian citizen, and am going to try to apply in Sydney before I go.

I’m wondering if you can expand on the “do not require Anmeldung” part of applying outside Germany. Do you mean I can get my Steuernummer in Australia and just start working when I get to Germany?

Is there anything I can read to make this clearer?

Thanks so much

Tom Riethmuller
Tom Riethmuller
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris Lim

Thanks so much for your reply Chris. All of that makes perfect sense.

I'm still confused about what you mean in the section about applying outside of Germany, you list as a pro "Pro: Anmeldung not necessary".
What do you mean by this/do you have any further resources I can read?
Do you mean the Anmeldung is not necessary JUST in terms of getting my visa, or do you mean it won't be necessary at all? Sorry if I'm missing something super obvious ????

David
David
3 months ago

Hi, Chris
Thanks for a decent systematic approach for doing this.

I'm confused as to which building to do the whole line-up-bloody-early thing at.

You've mentioned the Immigration Auslanderbehorde at Keplerstrasse 2 and I get impression other people in this thread have done exactly that, but the Berlin government website (https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/en/services/our-services/artikel.878520.en.php?fbclid=IwAR3g_i2gpj8POdw-kKBfbIOzs_vEDTVAKaZ_egF0D74438IFPXdhyGoxklw) indicates the Auslanderbehorde at Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24 instead for WHV's.

Can you or anyone confirm one location or the other to be the correct place? Could the location of this service change in recent times?

Cheers,
David

Zoe
Zoe
1 month ago

Hi Chris,

First of all, thank you so much for this comprehensive guide! It helped me so much when applying for my WHV in December and I am beyond grateful!

I was wondering where you found your information in regards to the 2020 updates for the visa? I am currently employed and wish to stay with the same employer until my visa ends in December. I have been with then for 4.5 months, and because of COVID 19, would really struggle to find another job at the moment within the next month and a half. I applied within Germany, so according to your guide, I am fine to continue working with them. However, on the official website, it does not differentiate between Visa's lodged in Australia vs Germany, and simply states that you can only work for one employer for no more than 6 months at a time.

I am hoping to possibly get a working visa to stay an extra year in Germany, so I want to ensure that I am abiding by the law to ensure I have every chance of success. I have really struggling to find this information online, so if you could let me know where you found it, I would be forever grateful.

Thanks!

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