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11.08.2023 - Article

If you would like to work as an au pair in Germany or would like to do voluntary service, you will find all the necessary information here.


In order to apply for a visa for voluntary service, au pair or internship, you must first register for an appointment on the appointment waiting list of the German Embassy for scheduling an appointment. Please follow the link to the appointment booking system. After you have registered on the waiting list, you will receive a confirmation email. The embassy will confirm your precise appointment (date and time) in a separate email as soon as possible. However this can take several weeks. A printout of the booking confirmation must be carried with you to the appointment.

Currently the waiting time for an appointment in the category Volunteer Service/Au-Pair/Internship is over 1 year. You will be informed about the confirmed appointment approx. 4-5 weeks before the actual appointment. We kindly ask you to refrain from any enquiry in that regard.

Please note that you will not get access to the visa section if your personal data provided during registration does not match your documents.

As soon as you receive the booking confirmation, you have to fill out and print out the application form and the instructions in accordance with Section 54 of the Residence Act. The printouts and all other required documents (please refer to checklist below) must be brought to your appointment.
The application form can be filled out electronically here or downloaded under Downloads and filled in by hand.

Important instructions:
Please make sure that you enter your data completely and correctly both when registering on the waiting list and when filling in the application form. Even minor errors can lead to the rejection of the application or considerable delays.

Please do not send any documents to the visa office without being asked – especially not before you apply. These documents cannot be kept and/or assigned here. Please always bring complete documents with you to the appointment.

Processing Time

Processing time might take up to three months, in exceptional cases even longer and always depends on the individual case. Since the issuance of visa always has to be approved by the competent alien’s authority, the processing time not only depends on the embassy. Therefore, we recommend to you not to purchase any flight tickets or enter into other commitments before the visa is issued. We hereby inform you that the embassy is not liable for any costs incurred in this regard.

We will contact you as soon as a decision regarding your application has been taken. Therefore, kindly ensure that you provide us with correct contact details. Please understand that enquiries regarding the processing status won’t be answered. Generally only enquiries from the applicant, his or her legal or authorized representative will be answered.

Visa Fees

The visa fee for national visas is 75,00 Euro (for minors 37,50 Euro) payable in Uganda Shilling and in cash only. The visa fees are determined according to §46 AufenthV and set in Euro, but are to be paid cash in Uganda Shilling only. Please note that neither Euro in cash nor credit card payments are accepted. The Uganda Shilling value of the visa fee is determined by the current exchange rate of the German Embassy Kampala.

Application Form, Checklists & Other Information for Download

Are you planning to stay in Germany as an Au-Pair? Please read about requirements and the application procedure here.

You wish to go to Germany for voluntary work? Please read more on the application process and requirements here.

Information in accordance with Art. 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation)

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