Long stays in Germany
All citizens wishing to stay in Germany longer than 90 days have to apply for a residence permit.
However, Canadian citizens can submit their application at the competent Aliens Authority after arrival in Germany. There is no obligation to apply for a German visa before leaving Canada. Only in cases where an employment is intended to begin directly after arrival in Germany (e.g. work, internship), since the employment cannot be started before having the obligatory work permit, we recommend that a visa (which includes the work permit) is being issued in advance!
Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Israel and the United States of America can also submit their application after arrival. All other applicants have to apply for their residence permit before leaving Canada.
Please read all checklists below very carefully, print the checklist applying to you, and bring the checklist together with your complete application to your appointment.
- When and where to apply
The German Consulate will generally accept visa applications six months before entry into Germany at the earliest.
You must apply for your visa in person at the German Consulate General in Toronto. Applications will be accepted by appointment only.
- Passport Requirements
Please note these important regulations concerning passports:
- It must be valid at least for another six months after entering Germany.
- It has to contain at least two blank pages
- It must have been issued within the last ten years.