Germany Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in Germany. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Germany work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The German work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Germany is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 

Germany Work Permits

What is a German Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in Germany “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in Germany a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in Germany with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Germany Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Germany work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Germany infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the German immigration authorities. They can even deal with the German Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Germany. It depends on your specific Germany visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Germany.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with Germany Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the German tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in Germany are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in Germany

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in Germany and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to Germany. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about German visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about Work Permits in Germany

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Germany?
A: Yes it is

Q: How long does it take to get a Germany Work Permit?
A: Up to 90 days

Q: What is the visa process?
A: There are 2 possible routes; if the candidate has a company in their home country they can secure a visa as a representative of that company in Germany OR more simply if the client in Germany is willing to provide a supporting Letter of Invitation the candidate can obtain a short term Residents Permit. In this instance the candidate will obtain a D Visa then on arrival an application for a Residence permit needs to be lodged immediately. This will take up to 90 days.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?
A: Copies of the candidates passport, degree/diploma/professional certifications, proof of relevant work experience, 2 passport photos.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: €1700

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Germany
A: Yes but it’s actually from a D Visa to a Residence Permit

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Germany

Q: Can you organise business visas for Germany?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: 1-2 weeks

Q: How much does a business visa in Germany cost?
A: €200

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Germany without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: Yes