Business Welcome Service

Who we are
If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and if you are:
  • a university graduate who wants to stay in Berlin, working here or setting up a business
  • a skilled worker or university graduate who wants to work for a Berlin company
  • a Berlin company interested in employing foreign workers
  • a foreign company or a foreign entrepreneur wishing to set up a regional branch in Berlin and contribute in some special way to Berlin and its economy
then you’ve come to the right place and our Business Welcome Service can help you!
The Business Welcome Service is a source of assistance set up by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) to help foreign companies, entrepreneurs and skilled workers do business in Berlin. The IHK provides quick, sound advice - also in English - on the key issues arising.
You'll find answers to the most important questions regarding visa-issues for citizens from outside the EU by clicking on the following links:
For any further advice or more detailed questions, get in touch by phoning us or sending us an email at
Residence permits are issued by the Foreigner's Authority in Berlin and the relevant German diplomatic missions abroad, and NOT by Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Effective from 6 March 2017