Germany: Work permit application processing significantly delayed

Work and residence permit applicants and those seeking related appointments are experiencing delays of up to several weeks due to a case backlog at the immigration authority.

The delays will especially affect local hires, whose applications are processed by the Federal Employment Agency.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nations

Processing and appointment delays could delay start dates and travel plans for up to several weeks. Employers and foreign nationals should take this into account while planning assignments.

Employers should contact their immigration professional to start the work permit application process early to avoid unnecessary delays.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK