Steady rise in number of recognised qualifications

Since the Recognition Act (Anerkennungsgesetz) came into force in 2012, immigrants and anyone thinking of immigrating can have their foreign qualifications recognised in Germany. This is a necessary step for non-EU immigrants who do not have a university degree and wish to take up employment in Germany. For EU nationals who work in a regulated profession – doctors or lawyers, for example – recognition is also a prerequisite for exercising their profession in Germany. 

The chances of success are high: only 3,4 percent of decisions were classified in 2016 as not equivalent to a qualification obtained in Germany. 

This provides a favourable basis for immigrants wishing to find a job and start their career in Germany.