FAQ - Working Permission and Visa

1. Do I need a working permission for Germany?

If you come from a country which is not a member of the EU* or the EEA (European Economic Area) you will need a working permission for Germany.

2. What do I have to do to obtain a working permission for Germany?

DESY will apply for a working permission for all Non-EU and Non-EEA summer
students together at ZAV (German central working authorities).
In order to do so we need your certificate of enrollment and your passport
in English language (you have to upload the scanned documents electronically during the online application procedure).

3. What do I need to do once the papers are at DESY?

As soon as all the documents are at hand all of them will be forwarded together to the ZAV authority in Bonn. How long the procedure takes until we receive the working permission from there cannot be predicted – but at least four weeks.

4. What has to be done in order to gain a visa for Germany?

DESY will apply for your working permission. We will send the permit
together with an official invitation letter to you via courier (we need a postal address for this, no post-box, and a mobile phone number).
You need to present these two papers to the German embassy in your country,
together with a copy of your medical insurance policy.
Please arrange for a date at the German embassy ONLY when you have these
papers at hand.

5. What kind of information do I have to forward for receiving my visa papers?

To ensure a smooth and fast forwarding of the visa papers we need your current address and a mobile number for the courier service to deliver the envelope. Please, send the information to summie-org@desy.de once you will have been selected and accepted your attendance in the program.