Work and Travel in Germany with the Youth Mobility Visa
Meet new people, discover the country and get to know its culture!
The Visa Section of the German Consulate General Toronto does not offer consultation by phone. Please contact us by email.
Although it is legally possible to apply for a visa for the intended YMA stay or for a residence permit at other missions abroad or directly in Germany at the Aliens' Authority (Ausländerbehörde), it is advisable to inquire electronically about the prospects of appointments etc. at the respective office in good time before leaving for Europe due to the possible full capacity of individual offices (due to the pandemic or the Ukraine conflict) and in order to avoid inconveniences.
The Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Germany offers a unique opportunity for young people (between the age of 18 and 35 inclusively at the time of application) to complement their post-secondary education, acquire hands-on work experience, and improve their knowledge of the other country’s language, culture and society.
Preparing your application
You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay in Germany longer than 90 days. The entire visa application process can take up to three weeks.
Youth Mobility Visa: You can also submit your application for a youth mobility visa at any German Mission abroad or any aliens authority after arrival in Germany. However we strongly recommend that a visa is being issued in advance. Employment cannot be started before having the obligatory permit.
Working Holiday Visa: Citizens of Australia, Japan, Israel and New Zealand can apply for a working holiday visa at any German Mission abroad or upon arrival at any aliens authority. Please contact the German Foreign Mission of your home country for requirements.
Please prepare your application as follows:
- Please fill out and print the visa application forms and bring a copy of it to your appointment:
Videx Online Application Form Youth Mobility Visa YMA Declaration Personal Liability Insurance Declaration 'Use of Mail Services' Social security obligation
- Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application. If documents or supporting documents are missing, your application may be rejected. We have prepared a checklist for this type of visa:
- Please book an appointment with the German Consulate General in Toronto to submit your application in person, or apply by mail: Book an appointment with the Visa Section
Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring the complete documentation with you to your appointment.
Submitting your application
In order to submit your application in person, please attend your appointment at the German Consulate General Toronto. Please hand in your complete documentation and pay the fee. The German Consulate General will ask you questions about your planned trip and take your fingerprints.
What happens during processing?
The German Consulate General in Toronto will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will check whether your application meets the legal requirements. The German Consulate General will contact you as soon as it has made a decision on your application. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries are only answered if they are made by email by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorized in writing by the applicant.
Return of your passport
As soon as the German Consulate General has reached a decision on your application, your passport will be mailed to you by using the Canada Xpresspost envelope provided by you.
There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected. You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.
Have a good trip! Information for visa holders
If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the number of days you can stay and the period of validity, that is, the time by which you must have received your residence permit for Germany.
Therefore, please do not forget to register at the residents registration office shortly after you arrive in Germany and to make an appointment with the foreigners authority. Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area.
Personal liability insurance is part of Germany's general insurance system of risk financing and offers protection against third party insurance claims. It protects the policyholder against damage or…