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Work Visa & Permanent Residence

We make working in Germany easy for you

We support our clients on every step on their journey to work in Germany.

Whether you want to work in Germany yourself or whether you want to transfer your employees, there are many legal and administrative regulations you need to be aware of. Navigating German labor law is easier with appropriate labor law guidance. Otherwise, valuable time is lost and serious mistakes can happen. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers guide you through the regulatory landscape and customize the best possible solutions.

Entry and Permanent Residence

Do I need a Permanent Residence authorization to enter Germany?

Whether you need a permanent residence authorization before entering Germany depends on your country of origin and your citizenship. EU- or EFTA-member country citizens do not need work visas or permanent residence authorizations. Citizens of Third Countries (Drittstaaten) must either apply for a visa and/or permanent residence permission. Determining which rules apply to you or your employees is best assessed by an experienced German lawyer specialized in labor law.

Please note that citizens of the US and Canada may enter Germany visa-free for tourism and business purposes. During the permitted visa-free stay (usually 90 days within 6 months), a longer-term residence and work permit can be applied for.

As your legal counsel, we can assess your individual situation and prepare all permit application documents.

Which permits do I need?

One of the most important documents you or your employees need is a work permit.

To work in Germany, you will need work and residence permits. There are many possibilities, from the general work permit to the EU Blue Card or the ICT-card (Inter- Company – Transfer). A lawyer can help you determine which option is best for you.
Our lawyers can help you get to your desired German destination quickly and easily.

Do my professional qualifications need to be recognized?

Whether your professional qualifications need to be recognized to work in Germany depends on several factors.

Germany seeks skilled professionals from across the world.  Germany has high training and education standards and has processes in place to recognize professional qualifications.  These processes consider profession and place of education and training. Navigating the process for getting professional qualifications recognized can be overwhelming.

Our clients benefit from our knowledge and experience navigating the process for getting foreign professional credentials recognized in Germany.  We guide you through the process so you can quickly and easily secure your place in the German workplace.

What about Covid-19?

Our team eases your re-location to Germany,
especially during these demanding COVID times.

No doubt, changing work locations during a global pandemic is a unique challenge.

We are well aware that these times are troubling and challenging in a unique way.  Travel restrictions, testing rules, or quarantine requirements might apply to you. These rules can quickly change.  We can keep you updated and informed as the COVID situation evolves.

Your Legal Consultants

Hubertus Liebrecht
Foreign Legal Consultant
Notary Public

Rechtsanwalt Hubertus Liebrecht (also Foreign Legal Consultant in Alberta) has been successfully advising and representing clients in Canada and the United States on all matters of German law for more than 30 years. With his broad network in Germany, Hubertus Liebrecht offers fast and effective solutions to all problems from citizenship law to debt collection.

Hubertus Liebrecht has also been Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Calgary since 2012.

Richard Rummel, LL.M.
Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht/
Specialist for Labor law (Germany)
Foreign  Legal Consultant

Richard Rummel is a specialist lawyer (Rechtsanwalt)  for labor law in Germany and also Foreign Legal Consultant in Alberta.  He advises companies, executives and individuals on business immigration to Germany. He has been practicing law for 13 years and has focused on international legal relations and international business law issues. His focus is on Canada and the United States.

Mr.  Rummel was recognized by “Best Lawyers” as one of the “The Best Lawyers in Germany” for corporate law.  He was also recognized by “Handelsblatt” as one of “Germany’s Best Lawyers 2021” for corporate law.


SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft mbB and SNP Canada Ltd. are legally independent companies that cooperate to provide optimal service to their respective clients. There is no joint venture, partnership or corporate relationship between the companies.

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