Employment and Job-Seeker visa

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All persons who wish to work in Germany for more than 90 days are required to obtain a residence permit.

Process:

Applicants must apply in person for a visa at the Embassy before arriving in the country. Not subject to this requirement are citizens of the EU and citizens of Australia, Canada, Island, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland and the United States of America.

Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the competent German authorities. Employment visa applications can take between two week to 12 weeks to be processed. After the application has been approved the Embassy will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa with the duration for the first 90 days, which will include the authorisation to work in Germany. A final residence permit will be granted in Germany by the Aliens Authority (AUsländerbehörde). The Aliens Authority requires all residence permit holders to register upon their first arrival.

Please include two copies of all original documents submitted with the application. In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents than those mentioned below.

Requirements:

Employment visa

All persons who wish to seek gainful employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. A work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

  • Valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least 6 months after arriving in Germany with at least two empty pages)
  • Two recent passport pictures
  • Application form
  • Recognition of your foreign professional qualification (www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de)

  • Employment contract or letter of intent from your future employer in Germany indicating your salary

  • Visa fee (equivalent of 75 EUR) in cash in TTD

EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a recognised university degree to take up employment in Germany according to their qualifications. To obtain it, you need to prove that you have a job in Germany which corresponds to your qualification. The only condition is that you must earn an annual gross salary of at least 49,600 euros.

Specialists in the fields of mathematics, IT, life sciences and engineering as well as doctors may be entitled to an EU Blue Card if they earn the same amount as comparable German workers, but no less than 38,688 euros gross per year. In this case, the BA (Federal Employment Agency) must approve your being employed. This approval is not required if you earned your university degree in Germany.

EU Blue Card holders are entitled to a permanent residence permit after 33 months. This is a residence permit with no time limit. If you can prove before this time that your required language skills comply with level B1 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR), you can obtain your permanent residence permit after just 21 months.

  • Valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least 6 months after arriving in Germany with at least two empty pages)
  • Two passport size pictures
  • Application form (available on our website)
  • Curriculum vitae of professional career, including certificates, diplomas, etc.
  • German university degree or recognized foreign degree comparable to a German degree
  • Contract/binding job offer with details of gross annual salary.
  • Visa fee (equivalent of 75 EUR) in cash in TTD

Job-Seeker visa

Graduates with a German or other recognized university degree or a foreign degree comparable to a German degree will be eligible to enter Germany to seek employment. Holders of a jobseeker’s visa may stay in Germany for up to six months to seek employment. While seeking employment, jobseekers are not permitted to work, whether on a self‑employed basis or otherwise.

  • Valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least 6 months after arriving in Germany with at least two empty pages)
  • Two passport size pictures
  • Application form
  • Résumé including. career progression, credentials, certificates etc
  • German University degree or recognized foreign degree, comparable with a German University degree
  • Personal statement including. Details about the job search (sector, region, intentional accommodation)
  • Livelihood during stay, proof of funds for the entire stay, up to six months
  • Visa fee (equivalent of 75 EUR) in cash in TTD

Employment visa

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