GERMANY: Six-Month Residence Requirement Temporarily Lifted in Tbilisi, Georgia

October 6, 2022

The German Consulate in Tbilisi, Georgia announced that they have temporarily lifted the requirement for qualified Russian nationals to provide evidence of 6 months residence in Georgia. The exemption is only applicable to applications for a long-term (D) visa in certain categories.

Such categories include:

  • Qualified professionals from the IT sector in accordance with section 18b paragraph 2 clause 1 Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz)
  • EU Blue Card applicants with a gross annual salary of minimum Euros 56,400
  • Applications with work approval under sector 18 paragraph 1, sector 19c Residence Act including an element of the Ordinance on the Employment of Foreigners (Besch√§fungsVO),

The temporary exemption also applies to core family member of eligible Russian nationals applying for family reunification visas based on their relationship with the Russian national. Eligible core family members include spouse, civil partners and minor children.

The temporary exemption is not applicable to applications for Schengen visa applications.

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This exemption is a welcome relief to Russian nationals who are looking to relocate to Germany for work purposes.

The exemption is a temporary measure and can be withdrawn with little or no notice. Applicants who meet the above requirements and are in a position to submit the application, is advised to do so as soon as possible.

Newland Chase is working with other German Consulates regarding further exemptions, and will provide regular updates.


This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.