As of August 1, 2015, non-EEA national business visitors conducting certain business activities will be able to stay in Germany up to 90 days cumulatively within a 180-day period instead of 90 days in a twelve-month period. This change is in line with the rule for business stays in Schengen countries.
The business visitor activities affected by the change are the following:
- Attending meetings and negotiations, preparing contract offers, signing contracts and supervising the implementation of contracts for an employer outside Germany;
- Attending internal business meetings or discussions; and
- Establishing, auditing, or overseeing an entity in Germany for an employer outside Germany.
Business visitors conducting the following activities are limited to the previous 90 days within a twelve-month period rule:
- Attending or holding internal seminars or training;
- Participating in expositions to present and sell company products; and
- Testing or receiving training for use of equipment and facilities purchased by the employer with a commercial entity outside Germany.
Non-EEA visa nationals must still obtain a visa to enter Germany.
What This Means for Foreign Nationals
Eligible business visitors to Germany should benefit from the new rule as it will allow a longer stay in Germany, and should consult with their immigration professional to determine whether their upcoming business travel is affected by the change.
Courtesy of Fragomen