Temporary Residence with a Visa
A visa is an independent residence permit for the purpose of entry into the Federal Republic and for the initial period of the stay. The validity of a visa is therefore generally limited.
A visa is issued by the German diplomatic mission (embassy/consulate) for short or longer-term stays before entry into the Federal Republic. For short stays it can also be issued by the diplomatic mission of another Schengen country.
The German Residence Act provides for the following types of visa: