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Jobseeker visa

If you are having difficulties with finding a job from abroad, you can apply for a residence permit that enables qualified professionals to enter Germany for the purpose of seeking employment in accordance with Section 20 (1) (2) AufenthG (German Residence Act).

To find out whether you require a visa to enter Germany, see Who Needs a Visa?.

What are the requirements to receive a visa for jobseekers?

  • You are able to provide proof of vocational or academic training.
  • Your qualifications are recognised in Germany or are equivalent to a German degree or diploma. If you are seeking employment in a regulated profession, i.e. in healthcare, a professional practice permit is mandatory. For more information on the recognition procedure please see Recognition.
  • Have you completed vocational training? If so, you must provide proof of possessing the German language skills required for the job you are seeking. Generally speaking, a minimum level of B1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required.
  • You are able to prove that you can cover your costs of living, since you are not able to enter into remunerated employment during this time. Proof of being able to cover living costs can be provided in the form of a blocked account or a Declaration of Commitment.


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During your stay in Germany, you may work on trial for up to ten hours per week as part of an application process.

What opportunities does the visa for jobseekers offer?

The visa or the residence permit for jobseekers can be issued for a period of up to six months.

Important: Please note that the residence permit for jobseekers cannot be extended. After your residence permit has expired, you may only re-apply for the same visa once you have spent the same duration abroad that was spent in Germany while seeking employment.

If you have found employment that is in line with your qualifications, you may apply for the EU Blue Card or a residence permit for qualified professionals at the competent Foreigners’ Authority without having to come to Germany beforehand.


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You may also apply for a residence permit for jobseekers if you are in Germany and already hold a residence permit that enables you to obtain employment.

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