As a professional driver of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) or buses, you have good chances of finding a suitable job in Germany. You can find out whether you need a visa to enter the country or a residence permit for your stay in Germany in the Who needs a visa? section.
Which conditions must be met in order to start working as a professional driver?
- You must possess the necessary EU or EEA driving licence of class C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E or DE and
- You must be able to provide evidence of your (accelerated) EU or EEA initial qualification to drive certain vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers.
If you possess citizenship of an EU member state, an EEA member state or Switzerland, you may be employed in the fields of freight or passenger transport. You can look for suitable vacancies in the job listings.
Which residence title is required for third-country nationals?
If you do not have citizenship of an EU Member State, an EEA Member State or Switzerland, but you still meet the conditions mentioned above, you can work as a professional driver if the Federal Employment Agency (BA) has approved the granting of the necessary residence title according to Section 19c para. 1 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) for this employment (Section 24a para. 1 of the Ordinance on the Employment of Foreigners (BeschV)). The priority check will also be conducted during the approval process.