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What are your chances, as a qualified professional, of immigrating to Germany to continue your career over here? Check them out here!

I am a citizen of ...

the European Union, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland
another country

... and I ...

hold a university degree or a non-academic vocational qualification.
would like to receive vocational training in Germany.
would like to study at a German university.

Your chances

We look forward to seeing you. As a citizen of the European Union, many possibilities are open to you for living and working in Germany. The same applies if you are a citizen of Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland.

Citizens from Croatia will need an EU work permit until June 30, 2015. For more information, click here or contact the International Placement Service (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

Please note: if you would like to take up employment as a skilled professional in Germany, you may be eligible for support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Federal Employment Agency. A programme entitled "The Job of my Life" will support you as you take up employment in Germany. Further information is available here: www.thejobofmylife.de.

Your chances

We look forward to meeting you! You can undergo vocational training in Germany. The same is true if you are a citizen of Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. To enter Germany, you will merely require a valid ID or passport. If your school-leaving certificate is good, you will have an even better chance of vocational training in your favourite job. In some professions, there is already a shortage of skilled workers in Germany. As a result, candidates from abroad have many opportunities in such professions.

Please note: if you would like to take up employment as a skilled professional in Germany, you may be eligible for support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Federal Employment Agency. A programme entitled "The Job of my Life" will support you as you take up employment in Germany. Further information is available here: www.thejobofmylife.de.

Your chances

Welcome! Germany offers many opportunities for academic study and research. With approximately 400 universities, it is an attractive destination for international students. If you hold a school-leaving certificate with a university entrance qualification, you will normally be admitted to a German university without the need of a further exam. To enter Germany, you will merely require a valid ID or passport. 

... and I ...

have a university degree.
have completed vocational training.
would like to receive vocational training in Germany.
would like to study at a German university.

Your Chances

You have the opportunity to undergo vocational training in Germany. Such vocational training normally lasts two or three years. You can apply for a visa for this period of time at the German mission in your country. To be granted a visa, you have to meet two criteria:

  • You have found a vocational training place with a German company.
  • The German Federal Employment Agency has approved your vocational training because there are no German candidates or candidates from a privileged country (such as an EU country) for the respective position. Candidates holding a school-leaving certificate from a German school abroad are exempt from this provision.

Your Chances

Welcome! Germany offers many opportunities for academic study and research. With approximately 400 universities, it is an attractive destination for international students. In order to study in Germany, you will need a school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study at an institution of higher education (university entrance qualification). Before applying to a German university, you should find out what the conditions are for being admitted.  

If you have already been offered a place, you will require a visa for the purpose of studying in Germany. Once you have been in Germany for three months, you can apply for a residence permit at your place of study. You can apply for the visa at the German mission in your country, and you will need to provide the following information:

  • binding offer for a place at your university
  • proof that you can finance your stay
  • proof that you have health insurance in Germany
  • a valid passport
  • proof of your knowledge of German, if applicable 

If you have not received an offer from a German university, you can travel to Germany in order to apply to a university there. To do that, you require a visa for the purpose of applying to a university.

I received my university degree ...

in Germany.
elsewhere than in Germany.

Your Chances

Once you have completed your university studies in Germany, you are free to take up any employment that is in line with your degree. Upon completing your studies, you have 18 months to find a job that suits your qualification. When you accept a job, you wil receive your residence and work permit.

By the way: have you already returned to your country of origin after completing your studies? In that case, you are entitled to a six-month visa to be able to look for a job that corresponds to your qualifications in Germany. The condition is that you have a university degree and are able to support yourself while you stay in Germany. Please note that the visa entitling you to hunt for jobs does not entitle you to work. Once you find a suitable post, you can immediately apply for the appropriate residence permit while, of course, remaining in Germany. You can apply for the visa to the German mission abroad in your area. They will tell you exactly which conditions you have to fulfill to be able to apply. You can find the addresses of the German missions abroad in your country on our “Germany local” world map.

Your Chances

Once you have received an actual job offer in Germany, you are entitled to the "EU Blue Card", a combined residence and work permit, provided that you have been offered an annual gross salary of at least €47,600. If the salary is below this threshold, you can work as a doctor or in one of the "MINT" (mathematics, IT, natural sciences, technology/engineering) professions in Germany if you earn a similar salary to that of German employees - that is, at least €37,128 a year.

By the way: are you still job-hunting and would like to look for a post that corresponds to your qualifications in Germany? In that case, you are entitled to a six-month visa. The condition is that you have a university degree and are able to support yourself while you stay in Germany. Please note that the visa entitling you to hunt for jobs does not entitle you to work. Once you find a suitable post, you can immediately apply for the appropriate residence permit while, of course, remaining in Germany. You can apply for the visa to the German mission abroad in your area. They will tell you exactly which conditions you have to fulfill to be able to apply. You can find the addresses of the German missions abroad in your country on our “Germany local” world map.

I have completed vocational training ...

in Germany.
outside of Germany.

Your Chances

Once you have completed vocational training in Germany, and your training lasted at least two years, you’ll have access to jobs that fit the profile of your profession. Following completion of your training, you can stay in Germany for twelve months in order to find a suitable job. Please apply for the respective residence permit at your foreigners registration office. During this period of time, you can take up any kind of work to finance your stay. Once you have found a job that corresponds to your qualification, you can apply for a residence permit for qualified professionals in Germany.  

Did you return to your country of origin once you completed your training? Then you can come back to Germany on a visa to start a job that corresponds to your vocational training. To do that, you will need a job offer for a position the conditions of which are at least equal to those for Germany-based workers in the same position.

Your Chances

Germany requires skilled workers in a number of industries. As a result, in the summer of 2013 a number of policies were introduced to make it easier for non-EU citizens with non-academic vocational qualifications to work in Germany. Since then, you have been able to take up employment if you meet the following criteria:

  • There is a shortage of skilled workers in your profession. A list of such professions is available here (PDF, 132 KB).
  • You have received a binding job offer. A list of vacancies is available here
  • Your qualification has been recognised as being equivalent to a German qualification. Further information on the recognition of vocational credentials is available here. You will have to apply to have your qualifications recognised while you’re still in your home country.

If the assessment authority decides that you require practical experience in order to obtain full recognition (e.g. practical work as part of an adaptation period), you can apply for a limited residence permit for this purpose.  

According to the WHO a shortage of health professionals exists in 57 countries (PDF, 21KB). Health professionals from these countries may take up employment in Germany, as long as they have found employment themselves. Recruitment and private placement service of health professionals from these countries are excluded.

Support

The International Placement Service (ZAV), a part of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA), is there to support you in your job-hunting efforts:  Send an e-mail to:make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de or contact the service by phone on +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313.

Otherwise, you can search the Job Listings for suitable job offers. Here, you will find vacancies in professions where Germany lacks qualified professionals. Job offers can also be found on the Federal Employment Agency’s job exchange. You can post your profile there too, so that interested employers can contact you.



Information on this portal

We can also help you along your way to Germany with some more information here on our portal:

How to get to Germany in five easy steps
From job-hunting to family life: tips for your future

In which professions is there a demand?
A brief look at opportunities on the  German labour market 

Portrait of Germany
What you always wanted to know about Germany

Guide – Working in Germany 
Getting off to a good start in Germany 

Support

The Federal Employment Agency’s International Placement Services (ZAV) will be happy to assist you in finding a place in vocational training. Please send an email to make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de or call +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313.

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal:

In demand: qualified professionals
The types of training that offer the best opportunities  

An excellent alternative – vocational training
The German vocational training system at a glance  

Germany’s leading industries
Learn more about Germany’s industries and the opportunities they offer

Vocational training in Germany
How to learn a profession

Studying in Germany
Why it is worthwhile to study in Germany and how to get a place at university

Support

Authoritative information on the recognition of school-leaving certificates is available here: www.anabin.de.

Find out whether your school-leaving certificate is sufficient for admission to a German university: www.daad.de/admission.

Please note that the respective university will decide on student admissions at its own discretion. As a result, it is a good idea to contact your prospective university’s admissions office or international office beforehand.  

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide you with information on courses of study and university locations. In addition, its database offers information on scholarships and international university programmes. You can also find out how to apply for admission to a German university on the DAAD’s website.

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal:  

An excellent perspective – Studying in Germany
Why is Germany such an attractive destination for international students?

Germany local
Here, you can find a list of German missions abroad and locate the one nearest to you, or the nearest DAAD information centre  

Studying in Germany – What next?
Find out what your options are once you have completed your studies in Germany 

Support

In Germany, the local employment agencies will advise you in your search for a job. You can get further information by phoning +49(0) 1801 555111 or by filling in the contact form on the job exchange Web site of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). You will find the addresses and contact details of the local employment agencies on www.arbeitsagentur.de (German)

If, having completing your studies, you have already left Germany the International Placement Service, part of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), is there to support you in your job-hunting efforts. Send an e-mail to make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de  or contact the service by phone on +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313.

Otherwise, you can search the Job Listings for suitable job offers. Here too, you will find vacancies in professions where Germany lacks qualified professionals. Job offers can also be found on the Federal Employment Agency (German). You can post your profile there too, so that interested employers can contact you. 

Information on this portal

We explain how to find the job you’ve been dreaming of in Germany on this portal:

In which professions is there a demand?
A brief look at opportunities on the German labour market 

Visa: Your ticket to a job
Find out whether you need a visa 

Applying for a job 
How to score points with employers 

Support

The International Placement Service (ZAV), a part of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA), is there to support you in your job-hunting efforts: Send an e-mail to: make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de or contact the service by phone on +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313.

Otherwise, you can search the Job Listings for suitable job offers. Here, you will find vacancies in professions where Germany lacks qualified professionals. Job offers can also be found on the Federal Employment Agency’s job exchange. You can post your profile there too, so that interested employers can contact you. 

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal:

In which professions is there a demand?
A brief look at opportunities on the German labour market

Guide – Working in Germany
Getting off to a good start in Germany  

Support

The Federal Employment Agency will be happy to assist you in finding a job. Please refer to the  Federal Employment Agency’s job listings to find a suitable job. The website will also let you post your own profile, so that prospective employers can get in touch with you.

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal:  

Guide to “Working in Germany”
Find out how to kickstart your career in Germany  

Which occupations are in demand
Professions that are in particular demand in Germany  

Foreign skilled workers on the German labour market
Germany as a country of immigration

Support

The International Placement Services (ZAV) offers information on the legal requirements for taking up employment in Germany. The ZAV forms part of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). You can reach it by dialling +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313, or by sending an email to make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de.  

Comprehensive information on the recognition of your vocational qualification is available on the “Recognition in Germany” website.

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal: 

Job Listings
Here you can hunt for vacancies in Germany

In demand: professionals with vocational qualifications
The types of training offering the best opportunities in Germany  

Letting people know about your abilities
Information about the recognition process  

Visa
An overview of German visa regulations

Support

The International Placement Service (ZAV) offers information on the legal requirements for vocational training in Germany. The ZAV forms part of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). You can reach it by dialling +49 (0) 228 - 713 1313, or by sending an email to make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de.

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal:  

In demand: qualified professionals
The types of training offering the best opportunities in Germany  

Germany local
Find the responsible German mission in your country  

An excellent alternative – vocational training
The German vocational training system at a glance

Vocational training in Germany
How to learn a profession

Studying in Germany
Why it is worthwhile to study in Germany and how to get a place at university

Support

Authoritative information on the recognition of school-leaving certificates is available here: www.anabin.de.

Please note that the respective university will decide on student admissions at its own discretion. Therefore, it is advisable to contact your prospective university’s admissions office or international office beforehand.  

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide you with information on courses of study and university locations. In addition, its database offers information on scholarships and international university programmes. The DAAD’s website also offers information on admission requirements at German universities. Detailed information about visas and entering Germany is available here.

Information on this portal

You can find out about what opportunities are open to you in Germany here on this portal:  

An excellent perspective – Studying in Germany
Why is Germany such an attractive destination for international students?

Germany local
Here, you can find a list of German missions abroad and locate the one nearest to you, or the nearest DAAD information centre  

Which occupations are in demand?
Skills that are in high demand in Germany