Investment Visa Overview

Germany Residency & Citizenship options

Germany has only 1 residency by investment option. As the German economy continues to grow, the EU Blue Card program will continue to be an important tool for attracting top talent from outside the European Union.

Program 1
  • Name
    Germany EU Blue Card
  • Description

    The Blue Card allows self-employed people to live and work in Germany for up to four years. The program has been successful in attracting highly skilled workers from around the world, and it has helped to fill many critical positions in Germany. As the German economy continues to grow, the EU Blue Card program will continue to be an important tool for attracting top talent from outside the European Union.

  • Requirements

    Business if: an economic interest or regional need exists AND the activity is anticipated to have a positive impact on the economy AND the foreigner has personal capital or a loan commitment to implement the business idea. No minimum, but in order to get approved the business idea must likely be within the EUR 50,000-100,000 range.

  • Validity
    3 years
  • Investment Type
  • Avg. Processing Time
    2 months
  • Investment Amount
    50,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the German passport is currently ranked third. It allows access to 194 countries without requiring a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to German passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, allowing for nearly rapid travel around the world. German passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 35 countries throughout the world. China, India, and Russia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank


Visa Free Countries


Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
  • Visa Free Destinations
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
Passport Ranking Factors

Germany Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Germany passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Germany passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 146 visa-free countries for Germany passport holders, 36 visa-on-arrival countries for Germany passport holders, and 12 eTA destinations. In total, Germany passport holders can visit 194 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the German passport is ranked third in the world. Apart from these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Germany passport holders must also obtain a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 35 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

German Citizenship by Descent

In Germany, you can only petition for citizenship by descent via the first generation. The German nationality of Nazi victims and their descendants can be extended to the third generation through family ties. In addition, under the new citizenship regulations, Germany provides citizenship to a broader variety of candidates who can demonstrate their parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent lost their citizenship during the Nazi era.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
  • Generations
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
  • Avg. Cost
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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