Germany Residency Process and Timeline

  • Stage 1



    Month 1

    STEP 1
     Develop a business idea.

    STEP 2
    Draft a business plan.

    STEP 3
    Amending of business plan after obtaining all the required information.

  • Stage 2

    Month 4

    STEP 4
    Discuss the business plan with the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry.





  • Month 6

    STEP 5
    Incorporate a company – e.g. start a German GmbH.

    STEP 6
    Apply for the visa under § 21 AufenthG.

  • Stage 3



    Month 8

    STEP 7
    Enter Germany and register with the local registration office.

    STEP 8
    Apply for a residence permit by submission of all documents.