Job Seeker Visa: Starting a Business in Germany?


I have a Ph.D. in plant biology and I am specialist in herbal medicine. Currently I am in Germany with job seeker visa (valid until end of Nov. 2019). Can I register a company in Germany about medical plants under self-employment program?


Thank you for your inquiry and your interest in setting up a business in Germany. provides international professionals with information on working and living in Germany.

A job seeking visa is generally intended for a dependent employment. Please get in touch with your competent foreigners’ authority (“Ausländerbehörde”) to clear up if there are other possibilities for you. You can also contact the “Hotline Working and Living in Germany” under the telephone number +49 30 1815 - 1111. Counseling sessions will be provided in English or German.

Besides, there are many public information centres, which will advise you as you set up your own business. On the Startup Portal, under “advice and information”, you will find the contact information of regional and national information centres for entrepreneurs with a migrant background. A general contact list is available on the Startup Portal.

For further Information regarding setting up a business in Germany, please visit the Website "Make it in Germany".

We wish you all the best for your future plans.

* Please note:
The information presented here is a general service offering. Only the German missions and the foreigners’ authorities are responsible for the issuance of visa resp. residence permits. For further questions, please contact directly the respective authority.

Reference: Justina Alichniewicz
Projekt „Make it in Germany“
Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V.
Juli 2019

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