Visa and Residence Permit
Please look at the pages of the Federal Foreign Office Auswärtigen Amtes to see if you are required to obtain a visa for your stay in Germany.
Note, that members of the EU States do not need a visa to enter Germany. Furthermore, members of the European Union do not need a residence permit anymore. Individuals from the EU member states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia,Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria enjoy equal rights of residence. However, they do not enjoy equal rights of labor. This regulation will only last until May 1st, 2011. Therefore, visiting researchers from these countries need to apply for a working permit. However, they can enter Germany without a visa.
Foreigner, who need to obtain a visa, are required to apply for a prolonged stay, if they intend to stay longer than the visa is valid. For this purpose, a residence permit is required. This is also true for foreigners, who can enter Germany visa free for a period of 90 days.
Please, inform yourself early about these matter. We are glad to assist you!