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List of Long Stay Visas

Long Term visas are seen as visits longer than 90 days and will typically be for work or study visits. If your application is approved, you will receive a visa to enter Germany.
Once you are in Germany you will need to apply for your residence permit at the local Ausländerbehörde as soon as possible.

You will always apply for your first long-stay German Visa at the German Embassy in South Africa.
This might also apply when you change your type of visa e.g from study to work.

The German Embassy in South Africa has offices in Cape Town and Pretoria.
The embassy is currently (August 2021) using TLScontact to process visa applications.
TLSContact have offices in Bloemfontein, Centurion, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)

To sponsor someone’s visit for example your adult child who wants to study in Germany and does not qualify for the financial requirements, you need to apply for a Verpflichtungserklärung

List of long term visas

As rules and regulations can change on a regular basis, we provide the links to the German Embassy in South Africa. Where possible also links to additional information. We are not immigration consultants and can only refer you to the official pages.

Legal basis

Resources on the web


Permanent Residence PermitDie Nierderlassungserlaubnis
Residence PermitDer Aufenhalstitel
VisaDas Visum
Blue CardDie Blaue Karte

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