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I want to relocate to Germany. Easy and safe.

You are looking into migrating to Germany and don’t know how to start? You are in the right place. We will guide you step by step.

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Whether you are looking into migrating to Germany or setting up an onboarding process for your employee, you are in the right place. Bureaucracy can be tricky and difficult to understand. Let us help you out!

Are you planning to move to Germany? Whether you are looking for a job or already landed a contract, get all the information you need to be prepared for your journey.

Supporting local foreign hires in their immigration process can be stressfull and distracting. Get some useful insights that will make your life easier and facilitate your international onboarding.

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How long does it take to get to Germany?​

The time it takes to immigrate to Germany can vary depending on several factors, including your nationality, the type of visa or permit you are applying for, and the complexity of your individual case.

For example, if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you do not need a visa to enter or work in Germany, and the process is relatively straightforward. However, if you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to apply for a visa or residence permit, which can take several months.

Additionally, the processing time for visa and permit applications can also vary depending on the workload of the German embassy or consulate in your home country.

To get a better idea of the processing times for your specific situation, you can contact us and we’ll give you our expert opinion.

How much does it cost to move?​

Some of the expenses you may need to consider when moving to Germany include:

Visa and permit fees:
Depending on the type of visa or permit you are applying for.

Travel expenses:
This includes the cost of flights or other transportation to Germany.

Accommodation costs:
You may need to pay a deposit and rent for a place to live.

Health insurance:

Health insurance is mandatory in Germany, and you will need to pay for it.

Language courses:
If you do not speak German, you may need to take language courses.

Cost of living:
This includes expenses such as food, transportation, and entertainment.

Moving expenses:
You may need to pay for shipping or other moving expenses.

Overall, the cost of moving to Germany can range from a few thousand euros to tens of thousands of euros depending on your specific circumstances.

How do I relocate my family?

It is important to note that relocating to Germany can be a complex process, and it may be helpful to consult with a relocation specialist or immigration lawyer to ensure that you are following all of the necessary steps and meeting all of the requirements. There are some general steps you can take:

Determine the eligibility:
Based on factors such as your nationality, occupation, education, language proficiency, and family ties.

Ask us about the visa options:
There are different visas and permits available for your specific situation, such as work visas, family reunification visas, or student visas.

How much is the cost of living?

The cost of living in Germany can vary depending on the city or region, lifestyle choices, and individual circumstances. Generally, Germany is considered to be a moderately expensive country to live in compared to other European countries. However, the cost of living can be offset by the high quality of life, strong social welfare system, and good public services.

Estimated cost of living in Germany:

In general, a one-bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from 400-1000 euros per month, while a three-bedroom apartment can cost 1000-2500 euros per month.

Food and groceries:
The cost of food and groceries can vary depending on where you shop and what you buy. On average, a single person can expect to spend 150-250 euros per month on food and groceries.

The cost of transportation can vary depending on the city and mode of transportation. Public transportation is generally affordable, with a monthly pass costing around 80-100 euros.

Health insurance:
Health insurance is mandatory in Germany, and the cost can vary depending on your income and whether you are employed or self-employed. On average, health insurance can cost around 220-800 euros per month.

Other expenses:
Other expenses such as clothing, entertainment, and utilities can vary depending on individual circumstances and lifestyle choic

Does my Job qualify for a Blue card?

To qualify for a Blue Card in Germany, you must have a job offer from a German employer that meets certain criteria. The job must be in a field that requires a high level of education or training, and the salary must meet a minimum threshold.

The exact criteria for the Blue Card vary depending on the specific field, but in general, the job must require a university degree or a minimum of five years of work experience in a relevant field. The minimum annual salary requirement for 2021 was 56,800 euros, or 44,304 euros for shortage occupations such as STEM fields.

If you are not sure whether your job qualifies for a Blue Card, you should get in touch with us. We can determine your eligibility.

What Visa do I need?

If you are a non-EU national and want to work in Germany, you will generally need a visa that allows you to work legally. The type of visa you need will depend on your specific situation and the duration of your employment. Here are some of the most common types of visas for working in Germany:

Job seeker visa:
This visa allows you to stay in Germany for up to six months while you search for a job. You can apply for a work visa if you find a job during this time.

Work visa:
This visa allows you to work in Germany for a specific employer and is usually valid for up to two years. To obtain a work visa, you will need a job offer from a German employer that meets certain criteria, such as requiring a high level of education or training and paying a minimum salary.

EU Blue Card:
This visa is designed for highly qualified workers and allows you to work and live in Germany for up to four years. To obtain an EU Blue Card, you will need a university degree, five years of work experience in a relevant field, and a job offer that pays a minimum salary.

Freelance visa:
If you plan to work as a freelancer or self-employed person in Germany, you may be able to obtain a freelance visa. This visa allows you to work for multiple clients and is usually valid for up to three years.

If you are unsure which Visa you need, let us know we can give you our expert opinion.

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