Step 5: Approval procedure of the Federal Employment Agency (BA)
In addition to the recognition of your professional's qualification, the approval of the BA is required for taking up the intended employment. It depends on the result of the equivalence assessment whether you can end or continue the fast-track procedure for skilled workers. If it is to be continued, the Foreigners' Authority obtains the approval of the BA. The employment office checks whether the working conditions correspond to those agreed upon in collective agreements or to those customary in the region. If the BA does not give any feedback within one week, the approval is considered to be granted.
Step 6: Grant of the preliminary approval to the visa
If all requirements (including the recognition of the foreign qualification and, if need be, approval by the BA and confirmation of the professional license) are met, the Foreigners' Authority issues a so-called preliminary approval to the visa and hands it over to you in order to forward it to the international professional abroad.
Step 7: Application for a visa at the German mission abroad
The international professional must submit the preliminary approval to the German mission abroad and will thus receive an earlier appointment to apply for the visa which must take place within three weeks. Once the visa application has been completed on the date scheduled, a decision on the application will be made within three weeks.