As the title says, I'm a US citizen and I work for a US company. My company has a branch in Germany, and I'll transfer to that branch for 60 days next year. I'll do all the same work I do for the US company, still get paid by the US company, but I get to be face-to-face with my German colleagues.
I have no idea what visa I should apply for. When I look at the German Missions in the United States site, I see two articles:
A Schengen visa is required if you intend to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180 day period for business, visitor or tourist purposes.
A residence visa is required if you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days for work or study or if you intend to move to Germany permanently.
but I'm trying to work in Germany for less than 90 days, so it looks like neither is applicable?
When I go to the visa navigator page, again it's mentioning the Schengen visa as:
If you want to travel to Germany for a period of up to 90 days – for a visit, as a tourist, on business, or for medical treatment – you will need a Schengen visa.
but again no mention of work here, and when I click on the "Quick Check" it redirects me to here, which eventually asks if I have a binding job offer or no job offer, but again I won't have any German job at all, and I won't be seeking one, either.
I found this similar question, which is almost exactly what I'm looking for, but
- The link there is broken,
- The content seems to revolve around internships in Germany, which is a kind of work for a Germany institution, and
- When I search the document filename (l6019022dstbai381815.pdf) from the broken link, all the associated content is about internships.
It seems like there needs to be some kind of work permit and not work visa, but it's not clear what the permit is, who needs to complete it (again, I won't be working for a Germany company while I'm there!) and what visa I should have to enter with the work permit.