Freelance work can be carried out at the minimum age of 18 years.
In Germany there exists an interesting case, where a person is self-employed, but does not fall under the category of an entrepreneur. These people are so-called Freiberufler (lit. free workers = Freelancers). Freelancers have significant tax advantages over private entrepreneurs, as they are exempt from paying corporate tax. They also only need to keep simplified accounting, which further streamlines their activity. Getting a freelance visa is a great chance to live and work in a new country or to even find a lasting new home.
A temporary residence permit will be issued for a period of 6 months.
If the person applying for a visa is over 45, then proof of financial independence in old age should be available. Financial independence in old age is considered guaranteed if, upon reaching 67 years of age, one has assets of 175,068.00 EUR or one can prove monthly retirements payments of 1,188.92 EUR for 12 years.
Getting permanent residency is possible after 5 years of work in Germany.
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Who can get a Freelance Visa for Germany?
In German law, there is no clear definition for freelancing. The Ministry of Finance is responsible for checking and confirming the status of a private business. The main difference from entrepreneurship is the inability of selling products that are not produced by ones own labor. In other words, if one is an artist, one cannot delegate and sell products that are not created by oneself.
The catalog of occupations falling into the list is very broad. These include: doctors, lawyers, artists, educators, journalists engineers. A full list of professions can be found
National Freelance Visas and residence permits may be obtained, if: — there is an economic interest or a regional need for ones activity.
— one can expect that the activities will have a positive effect on the economy.
— funding is secured through one's own funds or by an already approved loan.
— there are existing contracts with customers.
Final decision, whether one has the right to work as a freelancer in Germany, are always made by the competent Immigrations Authority.
I am a designer with many years of experience, but I have a higher education degree in another field. Do I have chances to get a Freelance Visa or should I work in the field of my degree?
In order to engage in freelance work, your education is not important. The important thing is that you have prove of your activity's success, you'll need to have orders and / or contracts with customers.
I have no higher education, I am a self-taught photographer, can I work as a freelancer in Germany?
Freelancers are not required to have higher education. You will only need to prove your financial independence in practicing your activities.
Do I need medical insurance?
Yes, you will need to obtain health insurance for the first weeks of your stay in Germany (provided that you later acquire a health insurance contract in Germany or have an already existent one). Medical insurance for the first weeks of your stay in Germany can be arranged through VISARIGHT at a discount.