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Germany Working (Employment) Visa

Germany is a country of possibilities not only for Germans but also for third-world country nationals as well. The land of invention and innovation is the fourth-largest economy in the world and home to world-known corporates and companies. As such, it offers the chance to many non-Germans to find a job and settle in the country.

The Germany Employment Visa is an opportunity for qualified foreigners to settle in Germany and work in their field. It gives its holder the chance to enter and work in Germany for up to two years, with the possibility of extending the visa, and later applying for an EU Blue Card, or other types of residence permits.

Who Needs a Germany Employment Visa?

Citizens of the following countries can apply for their residence permit for work purposes after entering Germany without a visa.

  • EEA/EU member states the United States of America
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • the Republic of Korea

Citizens of the rest of third-world countries are required to obtain a visa for work purposes before travelling to Germany. Following this article find the procedures you need to follow, including the documents you need to obtain, in order to get a Germany Employment Visa.

Categories Eligible to Apply for a Germany Employment Visa

All foreign nationals can apply for a German Employment Visa if they fulfil the conditions to work in Germany.

According to the "Act on the Residence" that regulates the residence issue for foreigners in Germany, the categories eligible to apply for a German Employment Visa are as follows:

* Highly qualified foreigners, in particular:

  • researchers with special technical knowledge
  • teaching personnel in prominent positions or scientific personnel in prominent positions

* Intra-corporate transferees, in particular:

  • managers
  • specialists

In addition, eligible and encouraged to apply for a Germany work visa are third-world country nationals with a university degree or a non-academic vocational qualification that fulfil the conditions listed below:

  • There is a shortage of skilled workers in the profession you want to practice in Germany.
  • You have a concrete job offer.
  • Your education must be recognized as equivalent to a German degree.

Apply for a Germany Work Visa

The step-by-step application process for a Germany Work visa goes as follows:

Make sure you collect all of these documents according to their given instructions.

  • Two fully completed application forms. Printed and signed at the end.
  • Two passport photographs (see our page on photo requirements for more info as there are strict requirements).
  • Valid national passport (more information on passport requirements).
  • Proof of residence. Your driver's license and/or utility bill in your name as proof of residence in the territory of the consulate where you plan to apply.
  • Health insurance. Compulsory certificate from German employer, valid from date of employment.
  • An employment contract / binding job offer with details of gross annual salary and a detailed description of the employment in Germany.
  • Approval by the Federal Employment Agency (If applicable).
  • Curriculum Vitae. Your updated CV, which indicates your academic qualifications and your job experience.
  • Proof of Qualification. Diplomas, Certificates, Mark-sheets etc., or anything similar that proves your qualifications.
  • Personal covering letter explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay.
  • Proof of a clean criminal record.
  • Proof of paid visa fee. The visa fee for a German long-stay visa is €75.
  • Declaration of Accuracy of Information.

Processing Time for Germany Work Visa

The processing time for a Germany long-stay work visa may take from one to three months from the application day. The processing time depends also on the number of applications the embassy is receiving at the time, as well as your situation.

Job seeker visa in Germany

The job seeker visa for Germany is a Long-Term Residency Permit, which allows you to stay in the country for six months and look for a job. If at the end of the six months you have found a place of employment, you will be given a German work visa or a German work permit and you will be allowed to work and live there. Please note that having a job seeker visa does not allow you to start working immediately in Germany. It only means that you can visit the country and look for a job during your stay.

Eligibility of applicants

There are several criteria that you need to fulfil to be eligible to apply for the Germany job seeker visa:

  • Hold a Bachelor/Master's Degree from a German university or an equivalent foreign degree
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of experience in your related field of study
  • Show proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay during the time you are in Germany
  • Have travel or medical insurance for your entire stay in Germany or until you get your Work Permit

If you checked all of the criteria, then you're one step closer to getting your visa.

Documents for Application

The next step is to prepare your set of documents which will be attached to your application. The documents ensure that your application is not immediately rejected on grounds of not fulfilling the requirements, so make sure you have all of them.

Checklist of documents you need to obtain a Germany job seeker visa:

  • A valid passport (issued in the past 10 years and valid for at least 12 months after your scheduled return)
  • A copy of your passport's data page
  • 3 passport pictures based on biometric specifications
  • A cover letter where you explain the objective of your visit, how you plan to find employment, and your alternative career plans if you cannot find a job
  • Diploma of your degree (or any other proof of academic qualification from a German or non-German university) as well as any certificates of previous work experience
  • Your detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany (where you will be staying during your visit)
  • Proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of your stay in Germany by showing one of the following documents:
  • Formal obligation letter by a sponsor living in Germany
  • Bank account statement, or
  • Blocked bank account.
  • Proof of personal status in your home country, such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, and others (translated in English)
  • Proof of your health insurance

Germany Trade Fair & Exhibitions Visa

The Federal Republic of Germany is world's number one venue for trade exhibitions with two thirds of worldís leading events in the trade field taking place there. The country hosts more than 100,000 foreigners per year who come with the sole purpose of visiting the trade fairs and exhibitions, while another over 20,000 enter the country as exhibitors and fair participants.

Unfortunately, while quite a considerable number of these people do not need to obtain any type of permit in order to be part of a Trade Fair or Exhibition, citizens coming from more than two thirds of the world countries need to obtain a visa in order to be able to visit and participate in these events.

Who needs a Germany Trade Fair & Exhibitions visa?

If you wish to take part at a trade fair or exhibition in Germany, either as a participant or a visitor, the first thing you must do is ask yourself: Do I need a Germany Trade Fair & Exhibitions visa? The answer to that question is simple. If you belong to one of the 62 countries under the visa-waiver program the nationals of which do not need a visa to enter Germany, then all you have to do is purchase your tickets and attend the events you have been planning to.

Required Documents for a Germany Visa

  • The first documents that are always required from the applicant to submit are those that prove their identity and other basic information on the visa applicant. These are the documents required for every type of Germany visa in general, as following:
  • Application form - fully completed, printed twice and signed in both copies at the end. Remember that the information in the application form must comply with the information in the other documents you are required to submit.
  • Two identical photographs - taken within the last three months according to the strict photo requirements explained in this article.
  • Declaration of Accuracy of Information
  • Valid national passport - note that your passport must be no older than 10 years, and with a validity of at least three months beyond your intended stay in Germany and the whole Schengen Zone, and also in compliance with the other passport requirements.
  • One copy of your passport's data page (A4 size copy)
  • Old passport - if you have any older passport at home, which has visa stamps and stickers in its pages, then you should submit those to the embassy too. In case you have more than one old passport at home, then submit them all, but do not staple them. Instead, just tie them with a rubber band.

In conclusion, if you are determined to find employment in Germany and work in there, make sure to follow these steps, prepare a good application, and you should be on your way to making contact and networking with potential employers in Germany.

You cannot work in Germany with a job-seeker visa. Once you have found a job, you must change it to a residence permit for employment. For more information, please contact Oasis resource management team to educate you about the whole process and chances.

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