Establishing a branch office in Germany?

Question

I want to open a branch office in your country. Please tell me total how many documents and how much money I need for one year for one office room 10 x 10 size and 4 work visas with me and my staff. How many days I need for my company registration and work visas ready to run my branch office? I want to import and export business from Islamabad, Pakistan with Germany for long time.

Answer

The exact documentation requirements of the foreign (parent) company when establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Germany have to be discussed with the respective local trade office and the notary of your choice, if a notary has to be involved in the registration procedure. For initial information on different types of branch offices as well as other company forms in Germany and on the costs of setting up a company in Germany, please see Germany Trade & Invest's "Investment Guide to Germany" online: www.gtai.com/company-forms.

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) also provides general information on visa and residence permit types in Germany online (www.gtai.com/coming-to-germany). Pakistani nationals residing in Pakistan generally need a residence permit for long-term work stays in Germany. In order to start the application procedure, a national visa has to be applied for at the competent German Embassy or Consulate-General in Pakistan. The German missions in Pakistan offer extensive information on the application procedure, its timeframe as well as on necessary documents online: www.pakistan.diplo.de. Establishing a business in Germany with a Schengen visa is no guarantee for the subsequent issuing of a national visa/residence permit.

Source: Germany Trade and Invest
- Gesellschaft für Außenwirtschaft und Standortmarketing mbH
March 2017

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