Is it possible to get a Golden Visa in Germany?
Germany does not provide a classic golden visa but there are alternative possibilities to obtain a residence permit in Germany.
Temporary residence permit under § 7(1) of the German Residency Act
In some cases, it is possible to get a temporary residence permit under § 7(1) of the German Residency Act by investing in real estate in Germany if you are also able to provide sufficient resources to live of your own assets. This has been confirmed in a case from the Administrative Court in Freiburg from 18 July 2018, 1 K 1083/17.
It is worth noting that this form of German residency is more complex than other ways, such as business immigration for entrepreneurs according to § 21 German Residency Act/Aufenthaltsgesetz.
Business immigration for entrepreneurs according to § 21 German Residency Act
Although this requires the applicant to take on a more active role in Germany, it also includes advantages. For example, the German Citizenship is fast-tracked and can be granted in six years, a permanent residence permit is possible after three years, it gives the right to family reunification and the applicant does not need to meet a language requirement.
The requirements for an entrepreneurial visa are as follows – the business:
must meet an economic interest or regional need,
is supposed to have a positive impact on the German economy
and financing must be secured by equity capital or a loan commitment.