Germany is a highly developed country and a european superpower, welcomes entrepreneurs from third world countries, bringing their innovations and business ideas to Germany. It is the cheapest residency by investment program in Europe.

Self employed persons, business investors, startups and entrepreneurs can apply for this program. Real estate investments do not qualify for Germany residency visa.

Under the conditions of § 21 of the German Residence Act, entrepreneurs and investors from outside of the EU can obtain a residence permit in Germany for the purpose of self-employment or to practice a professional occupation such as freelancers.

Minimum investment

To qualify with high chance of visa approval, we tell clients to invest atleast 50,000€ capital  in a German business plus there are costs of immigration lawyer, which comes around 30,000€ (covers incorporation, business plan, taxes, accounting, immigration, family work etc).

Total: 80,000 EUR (approx)

There are no hidden fees or additional costs.

Basic conditions

As self-employed persons, applicants can obtain a residence permit under simplified conditions. However, in order for the intended self-employment to be recognised under German law it must primarily meet three requirements:

  • Meet an economic interest or regional need,
  • Have a positive impact on the economy,
  • Financing must be secured by equity capital or a loan commitment.

The competent authority assesses whether these conditions are met based on a variety of criteria, such as:

  • Underlying business plan,
  • Business experience of the applicant,
  • Amount to be invested in Germany,
  • Businesses’ impact on the employment and training situation,
  • Project’s contribution to innovation and research.

The business concept must be carefully examined and needs to be adapted to the law’s requirements. These preparations are often time-consuming.

Family members

Spouses and minor children are entitled as a matter of principle to accompany third-country nationals to Germany or to subsequently immigrate to join them. Adequate accommodation and a secure livelihood are necessary in this connection. A person who is already in Germany and wishes to be joined by his or her partner must hold a valid residence title.

Time frame

Please allow 4-6 months for the entire process to complete. Due to Covid, these timeframes are unpredictable.

Permanent Settlement

The self-employed person can obtain a settlement permit after just three years of living.

Germany Citizenship

It is possible to apply for German citizenship after just six years under certain conditions. Germany has the most powerful EU passports in the world. The EU citizenship conferred by Germany is well worth the wait and effort.