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!

More about the Youth Mobility Visa

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.

Book an Appointment with the German Consulate General in Toronto


Please note that you must book an appointment for all consular services offered at the German Consulate Toronto. Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking system.

Where do I submit my visa application?


Find out where you must submit your visa application.

Overview of visa fees

Please note that fees are payable in Canadian dollars. The German Consulate Toronto accepts credit cards and cash in CAD. For applicants under the age of 6 no visa processing fee is charged.

Contact the Visa Section of the German Consulate in Toronto


Send an email to the visa section of the Consulate General in Toronto.

Introduction of Visa Information System (VIS)

VIS - Visa Information System

On 15th May 2014 the EU Visa Information System (VIS) was implemented. Visa applicants have to provide their biometric data (a digital photograph and 10 fingerprint scans) in person.