Employment Visa

Residents of the following countries/provinces must submit their visa application to the indicated mission:

  • GERMAN EMBASSY PRETORIA:  Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Lesotho, Swaziland
  • GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL CAPE TOWN:  Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape

OPTIONAL (please check special conditions when applying through the honorary consuls and liaison officer)

We request that you take advantage of our Online Appointment Booking System. Applications must be submitted in person and may not be submitted by courier, regular post, fax or e-mail.

Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application is processed without delay, please submit the following documents (in original and two copies as indicated below). Unfortunately, copies cannot be provided by the German Missions.

Required Documents

Original documents required for:

Original + two copies required for:

  • A signed contract of employment with specific details of the job function, salary and duration of employment
  • Upon request, details of qualifications entitling the applicant to the aspired occupation in Germany (e.g. university degree)
  • Proof of accommodation/rental agreement (accommodation mentioned in a letter of the employer will be sufficient)
  • Proof of health insurance valid from date of arrival and for the duration of intended stay in Germany (German Statutory/National or Private health insurance)

Please note that each visa application is reviewed individually. Therefore, the requested documents may vary. The German Missions reserve the right to ask for additional documents. The submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. Applicants may, at any time, be asked for a personal interview. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to attend the mandatory visa interview will result in a refusal of your visa application. Once a visa has been issued, the purpose of the trip may not be altered.

The German Missions require approximately two to three months to process your visa application. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been granted. We kindly ask that no status requests on the visa application be made during the first two months. 

We will notify the applicant on any change of status or progress of the application as soon as possible and whenever the need arises.


Important Notes

Please appear at the visa section with all required documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and you may be asked to return at another time. Please understand that documents sent prior to application submission by email/fax/post will not be considered.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is complete upon submission. Each application must be presented with all necessary photocopies for documents that you would like to have returned to you. The visa section will not be responsible for making necessary copies. During the visa processing period no update can be given.

Upon receiving the visa: Please check visa data for possible mistakes as soon as you receive your passport. Pay particular attention to the visa’s validity (start and end dates) with regards to the total duration of your planned stay. Also check the correct spelling of your name, as well as the number of entries you were granted. The visa section must be informed of possible mistakes immediately and cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur as a result of incorrect data or a missing signature in the travel document.

Employment Visa

Working in Germany

Opening hours, appointments and contact details

Visa Section Pretoria

Application submissions only after prior booking online.

Online Appointments

Opening Hours Applications:


 07:30 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2016

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:


08:00 - 14:00


08:00 - 13:00


+27 (0)12 427 8900

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas


201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

+27 (0)12 427 8982 (please do not send any documents prior to application submission)

Visa Section Cape Town

On Friday 21 April 2017, the passport and visa section will be closed because of urgent IT work.

Further information

Application submissions only after prior booking online.

Online Appointments

Opening Hours for Applications:
Monday-Friday09:00 - 12:00

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00


+27 (0)21 405 3052


+27 (0)21 421 0400

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2016

Directions to our office



Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Corner De Villiers / Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Honorary Consul, Durban

Enlarge image For the KwaZulu-Natal province, please contact the liaison office below.

Contact the Honorary Consul, Durban

When applying at the Honrary Consul's office in Durban applicants must fill in their visa-application online and bring the printed version with them.

Application in Durban

Honorary Consul: Horst Achtzehn

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00

9 Kensington Drive, 
Durban 3629

Postal address:
P.O. Box 1166, 
Durban 3630

+27 (0)31 266 3920
+27 (0)31 266 3925

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