Freelance visa for software developer to Germany information

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Hi, 

 

I recently heard that there is "freelancer visa" category to which you can apply. I am a software/web developer and I have been working as a freelancer for 5 yrs now. I am planning to work in Germany. I see a lot of freelance jobs and when I contact them, most of them require a person in the country. 


Can someone please tell me if I can apply for one, and if so, Can you please tell me the procedure how I can do it and some links. 

Thank you,

 

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21 minutes ago, sp1358 said:

 I am a software/web developer and I have been working as a freelancer for 5 yrs now. 

 

Do you have a degree in software development? 

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46 minutes ago, engelchen said:

Do you have a degree in software development? 

I have a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the US. 

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As long as the institution is recognised here (see the anabin database), then it is theoretically possible to freelance. 

 

Keep in mind that as an Indian citizen you're required to obtain the proper D Visa BEFORE coming to Germany (most freelancers here are from privileged countries who are allowed to change status here). 

 

The biggest hurdle for you will be finding prospective clients who will be willing to offer you contracts while you are still so far away.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, engelchen said:

As long as the institution is recognised here (see the anabin database), then it is theoretically possible to freelance. 

 

Keep in mind that as an Indian citizen you're required to obtain the proper D Visa BEFORE coming to Germany (most freelancers here are from privileged countries who are allowed to change status here). 

 

The biggest hurdle for you will be finding prospective clients who will be willing to offer you contracts while you are still so far away.

 

 

Thank you so much for the details.

I am still thinking which one should I fix on - A freelancer visa ( as you said Its a difficult thing to convince clients, although some of my clients are in Australia, Andorra and one in the US ). 

or a Jobseeker's visa. 


If I opt for Jobseeker's visa, can I change to freelance visa once I am in the country?  ( or for that matter a work permit - which I have read that you can )

 

I see so many good opportunities, I really want to make this work.  

 

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38 minutes ago, sp1358 said:

although some of my clients are in Australia, Andorra and one in the US

 

Unfortunately those aren't German, and the immigration office is not going to accept them as valid. The clients need to be German, located within Germany -- even elsewhere in the EU isn't good enough.

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7 minutes ago, SA_Drone said:

 

Unfortunately those aren't German, and the immigration office is not going to accept them as valid. The clients need to be German, located within Germany -- even elsewhere in the EU isn't good enough.

 

Yes, I am looking for clients in Germany. I have stated that as an example. 

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1 hour ago, sp1358 said:

If I opt for Jobseeker's visa, can I change to freelance visa once I am in the country?  ( or for that matter a work permit - which I have read that you can )

 

The permit is designed specifically for employment, however, I know that in Berlin it is also possible to change to a freelance permit (freelance permits are anyway somewhat discretionary). If you have good offers, it shouldn't be difficult. The difficulty will be finding good offers.

 

1 hour ago, sp1358 said:

I see so many good opportunities, I really want to make this work.  

 

The grass is always greener.

 

I strongly advise you to do your homework (i.e. extensive market research).  There currently seems to be an unlimited number of experienced Indian engineers and IT specialists willing to move to Germany at any price who are pushing down earnings. Don't underestimate the cost of living here either.

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1 hour ago, engelchen said:

The grass is always greener.

 

I strongly advise you to do your homework (i.e. extensive market research).  There currently seems to be an unlimited number of experienced Indian engineers and IT specialists willing to move to Germany at any price who are pushing down earnings. Don't underestimate the cost of living here either.

 

Sure, I will. Thank you for your time and advice. 

As you have rightly said, with more ppl coming, this tends to bring down the price. Which is bad for the locals and overall. 

 

Just a final thought, would you advice coming over on Job seekers visa or try directly for a solid offer and come on a work permit.  I really appreciate you taking time to answer.

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