Thank you for visiting the Welcome Center Germany. You will find this website is your trusted resource if you plan to move to Germany to work, study or retire. We want to make your relocation to Germany a pleasant experience and reduce the challenges you will face.

Welcome Center Germany was launched in 2015 and we have helped countless people move successfully to Germany, while also assisting with all the chores essential for beginning a new life in a new country.

You will discover the Welcome Center provides links to four different sections, listed at the top of the website. These are Visas and Permits; Living in Germany; Learning German; and Insurance Products. Find out more about each section of the website below:

Visas and Permits

In this section you can find out about visas and permits to live and work in Germany, how to bring family members along with you and discover all about residence permits for Germany and how to become a German citizen. Your questions about making successful applications to live and work in Germany will all be answered when you access this section of the website.

Overview of German VISA types

Overview of German VISA types

Applying for a VISA is the first step to enter Germany legally. Depending on your country of origin and your purpose of...
German Employment VISA for Qualified Professionals

German Employment VISA for Qualified Professionals

If you attended a higher education institute or received qualified vocational training outside Germany, you may be able to obtain a residence...
Recognition Of Foreign Qualifications in Germany

VISA For The Recognition Of Foreign Qualifications in Germany

For certain VISA options, it is required to get your foreign qualifications recognised in Germany. If the German authorities have determined they...
VISA For Studying in Germany

VISA For Studying in Germany

Germany offers a large variety of opportunities to study, and some German Universities rank among the best in the world. Particularly, there...
VISA for Academic Internship In Germany

VISA for Academic Internship In Germany

If you are completing higher education at an institute outside the EU, you have the possibility to complete your internship in Germany....
German Work VISA for IT Specialists

German Work VISA for IT Specialists

According to the German Residence Act and German Employment Regulation, persons who have practical work experience within IT and communication technology can...
German VISA for Vocational Training

German VISA for Vocational Training

Vocational training is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for employment or study in Germany. The VISA for vocational training...
German VISA for Research Purposes

German VISA for Research Purposes

If you are a third-country national within the field of research, you can apply for a VISA designated to provide entry into...

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Getting Married in Germany

In Germany, marriage are considered legal unions, and essentially legally binding contracts between 2 persons. The union is protected under the German...
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German Pension Entitlements & Retirement Age

The German pension system is regarded highly among other pension systems worldwide. However, due to an ageing population, the German government has...
Cost of Living in Berlin

Cost of Living in Berlin

When you decide to move to Germany, and Berlin in particular, it is important to understand what the cost of living in...
Start a Business in Berlin

How to Start a Business in Berlin

Taxes Applicable in Berlin for Self-employed and Freelancers The legal form of your business will determine the various types...

Trade Tax in Germany (Gewerbesteuer)

Every business in Germany (with some exceptions) are liable to pay trade tax (Gewerbesteuer). There are various types of taxes that are...
Tax ID in Germany

The Difference Between Tax ID (TIN) and Tax Number in Germany

By the introduction of the tax identification number (IdNo, or TIN) in 2008, Germany wants to modernise its tax system by making...

Living in Germany

Find out all about living in Germany by accessing this section of our Welcome Center Germany website. You can read informative articles about properties and how to find accommodation in your chosen location, or research the best German bank accounts and learn how to open a German bank account. Finding a job will be critical to your successful move to Germany, so take time to browse our selection of work-related posts to find out what opportunities are open to foreigners looking for work in Germany and the best ways to handle your applications and job hunting activities.

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Getting Married in Germany

In Germany, marriage are considered legal unions, and essentially legally binding contracts between...
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VAT Number, Rates and Registration in Germany

What is the VAT number? The VAT number in Germany...
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The Anmeldung – How to Register Your Address in Germany

In Germany, it is required to register your address with the local district...
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Childcare and Babysitting Services for Expats in Berlin

If you are moving to Berlin with your children, finding the right childcare or babysitting...
Migration Advisory Services In Germany

Migration Advisory Services In Germany

Every country is a little bit different and many things may perhaps be strange during...
Integration Courses In Germany

Integration Courses In Germany

Integration courses in Germany are a great way of getting settled for people who recently...
Welcome Centers in Germany

Welcome Centers in Germany – Local Support With Integrating

There are various official institutions, also called welcome centres, which provide local support to international...
Munich

Moving to Munich – Your Complete Relocation Guide

Munich offers more than just the famous Oktoberfest. As one of the biggest cities in...
Dog liability insurance in Germany

Dog liability insurance in Germany: why do I need it?

By the time you are settled in Germany, you will understand one of the certain...

U.S. to Germany Relocation Guide – Factors To Consider

Relocating from one place to another is a challenge to most people, even those moving...

Learning German

Spoken German and learning the German language will be an important cultural aspect for anybody who isn’t already fluent in our language. Find out how to learn German online and read our analysis of German dialects, while finding out more about available German courses that are best suited to your lifestyle.

LEARNING GERMAN

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Learning German with Apps: Is LingoDeer Any Good?

German, as you know, is a grammar-heavy language, requiring painstaking attention to detail...
History of The German Language

The History of The German Language

There are in total 4 European countries where German is the official language. Germany Austria,...

Language Schools in Frankfurt

If you happen to find yourself in the beautiful German city, Frankfurt, whether you are...
Language Schools Berlin

Language Schools in Berlin & Why Learn German

Walking in the streets of Berlin, you’ll instantly hear many different languages spoken in the...
German Language Schools

A Guide to German Language Schools

If you choose to pursue a university level education in Germany it is important that...
study german

Study German: What To Consider

Germany is arguably the most cultural influential countries in Europe. With more than 100 million...
The German language

The German language: A Brief Overview

Uniqueness and Common Use You surely know that German is the one and only official language...
Apps to Learn German

12 Great Apps to Learn German

Technology has made learning German easier, more convenient and enjoyable. It allows you...
Language Schools in Germany

The Different Language Schools in Germany

If you have not already, you will experience that many of your German friends love...
Language School Courses in Germany

Types of Language School Courses in Germany

There are language courses available in Germany whether you are a student, business professional or...

Insurances

Our section on insurance products provides all the details needed to set up health insurance in Germany, so you can access our health services, as well as details on private health insurances. If you plan to drive while living in Germany, you’ll need to find out details about car insurances and how to make the best choices from the available marketplace. Self employed and business entrepreneurs will find our information on insurance requirements is an essential read.

We are happy to answer any further questions you may have about moving to Germany if you get in contact.

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German Pension Entitlements & Retirement Age

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Health Insurance In Germany – Private and Public Insurance Options in 2021

Contents The Health Insurance System in Germany Government Health Insurance System in Germany(GKV) Private Health Insurance...
Private health insurance in Germany

Private Health Insurance in Germany (Private Krankenversicherung – PKV)

Since January 1st, 2009, Germany made health insurance compulsory for everyone. Previously, public...
Health Insurance For Self-employed and Freelancers in Germany

Health Insurance For Self-employed and Freelancers in Germany

Since 1st January 2009, a change in the insurance reform made it compulsory...
German Health Insurance for Foreigners

German Health Insurance for Foreigners

The health insurance system in Germany Everyone who is resident...
Expat Health Insurance In Germany

Expat Health Insurance In Germany

All foreigners living and working in Germany need expat health insurance. It is...

Uncovering the hallmarks of the best health insurance in Germany – Siemens-Betriebskrankenkasse

What does being “well-insured” really mean when it comes to obtaining mandatory health insurance in...
Supplementary Health Insurance

Supplementary Health Insurance In Germany

Private Supplementary Health Insurance For those already covered by the...
Daily sickness Allowance Germany

Daily sickness Allowance Insurance in Germany

The absence from work due to sickness over a longer period of time,...