If you have a foreign academic qualification and want to work in a regulated profession (e.g. doctor or lawyer) in Germany, you need the recognition of your foreign academic qualification. In our sections "Who needs recognition" and "Recognition procedure" you will find detailed information in this regard.
You do not need recognition to work if you want to work in an academic, non-regulated profession, such as computer scientist, mathematician or economist. If you want to immigrate to Germany from a non-EU country to work and need a visa for Germany, such as the Blue Card, you must prove that your foreign academic qualification is comparable to a German university degree. To provide such proof, you can choose from the following options:
Positive results in the database anabin
The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) operates the anabin database, which provides information on the evaluation of foreign educational qualifications and universities. The database is currently available in German. These instructions explain step by step how to work with the anabin database.
Statement of Comparability
The Statement of Comparability is an official document that describes your foreign academic qualifications and indicates the level of German academic qualifications to which your foreign qualification is comparable. The individual statement can be requested from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) in Bonn. You must request an individual Statement of comparability if your university is listed in the anabin database as " H + ", but your degree, however, is not listed.
The individual Statement of Comparability can be helpful. It is advantageous when applying for a job, changing jobs, or negotiating salary. With the statement in German language employers can better classify their foreign university degree. The Statement of Comparability can also be used when applying for a visa.
Information concerning the evaluation procedure, including a list of required documents and costs, can be found here. For further questions concerning the evaluation please contact the Central Office of Foreign Education (ZAB) (E-mail: zabservice(at)kmk(dot)org).
Please note that processing time takes three months, given that you have provided all the necessary documents. If you apply for an evaluation in order to receive an EU Blue Card, the processing time will take two weeks. Please attach a copy of your work contract in this case.
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Hotline on “Recognition of foreign professional qualifications” (German, English)
Recognition of qualifications in Germany
How to have your professional qualifications recognised and where to find your local contact centre (i.a. German, English, Spanish, Italian, Polish)