From the preparations to the application forms: This step-by-step guide shows you how to obtain a visa for jobseekers.
With the visa for the purpose of looking for a job in accordance with Section 20 (1) (2) of the Residence Act (AufenthG), you improve your chances of making contact with German employers and finding a job in Germany that matches your qualifications.
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 bank account or a Declaration of Commitment.