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Eligibility criteria for German Immigration

Eligibility to immigrate to Germany depends on the individual's circumstances and the purpose of their stay. Some general eligibility requirements for different types of immigrations. It's important to note that German immigration laws are subject to change, It's always good to seek for professional advice before starting the process.

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German Immigration on a Job Seeker Visa

  • 1.8 million job openings 
  • Needs 400,000 skilled immigrants each year
  • No IELTS required 
  • Earn an average annual salary of  €50,000
  • Issues 3000 job seeker visas/year

Why apply for a German Job Seeker Visa? 

Germany, the world’s 5th largest economy, is looking for skilled migrants. Germany has always been an economic and cultural powerhouse and has now thrown open its doors to skilled professionals who can contribute to the country. As a center of research and innovation, Germany offers diverse opportunities for professionals with the right background. With a thriving economy and a high standard of living, Germany is one of the best places to build your life and settle as a family.

New Germany Immigration Policy: Level Plan 2023

Germany introduced a new ‘Skilled Immigration Act’, which aims to fill the shortage of skilled workers in this West European country. It also allows skilled workers to migrate to Germany from any of the non-EU countries.
The German government hopes that the Skilled Immigration Act will fulfill workforce market needs and attract, among others, caregivers, workers in IT, and STEM.

Highlights of Germany – India New Mobility Plan

  • 3,000 Germany Job Seeker Visas per year to Indians
  • 1.5-year extended residence permits for Indian students
  • More employment opportunities for Indians
  • Eased policies for Indians to study, work and do research in Germany
  • Streamlined re-admission procedures
  • Reduced visa processing times for Indian applicants
  • Germany plans to relax its immigration policies and plans to provide dual citizenship, along with this special citizenship status to attract more foreign skilled workers.
  • Dual citizenship and the special citizenship status are valid for 3–5 years for skilled workers after satisfying certain criteria.
  • Germany needs 400,000 skilled workers to meet the workforce demand
  • Germany aims to attract both academic and vocational skills.
  • The overall application process is also simplified to apply for citizenship in Germany. 

Best cities in Germany to live-in 

Among the largest countries in Europe, Germany is among the top destinations for skilled workers worldwide. Germany is a major economic force and a top place to live and work. The population of Germany is around 82 million. Berlin is the capital of Germany. In terms of area, Berlin is nine times larger when compared to Paris.

Below is the list of best cities in Germany to live-in: 

  • Munich
  • Hamburg
  • Essen
  • Leipzig
  • Cologne
  • Berlin
  • Dortmund
  • Stuttgart
  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt am Main
  • Dortmund

Types of Germany Visas 

Some of the most popular types of German visas are as follows: 

  • Germany Job Seeker visa
  • EU Blue Cards
  • Residence permits for employees
  • Residence permits for investors
  • Family reunions 

Benefits of migrating to Germany 

  • The great job market for professionals in engineering, IT, and manufacturing sectors.
  • Incredible benefits for residents include free healthcare and education.
  • German cities are consistently among the ‘World’s Most Liveable Cities’.
  • Shortage of skilled workers in several sectors, creating opportunities for migrants.
  • One of the quickest visa decisions in a leading economy, allowing you to plan better.
  • Great salary, great benefits, and access to all of the European Union once you get your visa.
  • The largest populated country in Western Europe and also the largest economy in Europe.
  • Germany is the 2nd most popular migration destination in the world, after the United States.
  • Germany is an increasingly attractive destination for business immigrants, and the population is growing due to the rise in migrant activity.
  • Wages or salaries in Germany are higher than in most countries.
  • Germany needs 400,000 migrants per year.

Germany Immigration Points Calculator

Quick eligibility check of Y-Axis helps applicants understand their scores. The points are directly based on your answers. The Quick eligibility does not assure you of the points displayed. You are evaluated technically by our expert team to give you a better score.

*Check your eligibility to migrate to Germany through the Y-Axis Germany Immigration Points calculator

How to migrate to Germany? 

Germany has one of the world’s most well-organised and fastest immigration processes. The best way to migrate to Germany is through the Job Seeker Visa. The Job Seeker Visa is a long-term residence permit that allows you to look for a job for a period of 6 months. With this visa, you can visit Germany and attend interviews, which is a much better process than applying for a job from abroad. It takes 4-6 months to get the Job Seeker Visa so the earlier you apply, the better it is.
Step 1: Apply to Job Seeker Visa and travel to Germany to secure a job
Step 2: Apply for EU Blue Card from within Germany
Step 3: Apply for Germany PR after completing 5 years as an employee in Germany
Step 4: Apply for German citizenship after completing 5 years as a PR Visa holder 

Germany Work Permit Visa

Germany is an ideal country to work in because of its lowest unemployment rates in Europe, an array of job opportunities, and several opportunities to develop careers and experience. Many foreigners join the German workforce to gain a high-paying job along with the work-life balance it offers.

Germany Work Permit Requirements

  • Have German-recognized qualifications
  • Have a job offer from a German-based employer
  • Get a gross annual salary of at least €46,530 (as of 2022), or provide proof of sufficient old age pension. 

Jobs in Germany

  • Germany is seeking qualified foreign workers in the shortage occupations (e.g. engineers, technicians, scientists, IT)
  • More than 1.2 m vacancies across the German job market.

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Active No. of Jobs 

Annual Salary in Euros 


Full Stack Engineer/Developer 




Front End Engineer/Developer 




 Business analyst, product owner 




Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber security engineer, cyber security specialist 




QA Engineer 




 Construction engineer, Civil engineer, architect, project manager 




Android Developer 




 Java Developer 








Customer Contact Representative, Customer Service Advisor, Customer Service Officer 








 Chef, commis-chef, sous chef, cook 




 Project Manager 




HR Manager, HR Coordinator, HR Generalist, HR Recruiter 


€ 49,868


 Data Engineering, SQL, Tableau, Apache Spark, Python (Programming Language 




 Scrum Master 




 Test engineer, software test engineer, Quality engineer




Digital Strategist, Marketing Analyst, Marketing Consultant, Social Media Marketing Manager, Growth Specialist, Sale Manager 




 Design engineer 




 Project Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer,  




Mechanical Engineer, Service Engineer 




 Electrical Engineer, Project engineer, Controls engineer 




 Manager, Director pharma, Clinical Research, Drug Development 




 Data Science Engineer 




Back End Engineer 







List of IT companies offering jobs in Germany

Cognizant is at the top and is looking to hire 100 software engineers, designers, and technical leads. Meanwhile, Google wants to hire 300 employees in Germany’s top cities, Amazon plans to recruit 800 IT professionals, Microsoft wants to hire 100 IT professionals in Munich, SAP is on the lookout for 800 IT specialists, Lufthansa Systems is offering over 400 jobs at various German cities, and BMW wants to hire over 300 employees in Germany.

Companies Job Vacancies
Cognizant 100
Google 300
Amazon 800
Microsoft 100
SAP 800
Lufthansa Systems 400
BMW 300
Siemens 400
Adidas 100
Philips 100

German Job Seeker Visa Requirements

  • You must have a minimum 6 months of experience and 15 years of education and the qualification and university must be H+ as per Anabin.
  • Applicants from Mumbai or Delhi region must have 16 years of regular education either 4 years Bachelor’s degree or 3 years Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree.
  • English proficiency is sufficient to qualify for the visa; however, it is highly recommended that you learn the German Language to survive in Germany.
  • You must hold sufficient funds for a 6-month stay in Germany. Funds have to be maintained from at least 1 month prior to filing and maintained till the German Immigration Department takes a decision.
  • Must show accommodation proof for the 6 months duration.

Germany Entrepreneur Visa

There are two ways to establish your own business in Germany: either working as a freelancer (Freiberufler) or by launching a business as a self-employed entrepreneur (Gewerbe). Know more about the best possible approach for you on types of new businesses.

Germany Student Visa

Germany is an ideal study destination for overseas students with its world-class education and vibrant city life. Its welcoming culture allows it to welcome immigrants from the world over.
Universities in Germany have different deadlines for application.

There are, however, two general timelines if you wish to study in Germany:

Intake 1: Summer Semester – The summer semester (March to August). The applications must be submitted before January 15 every year.
Intake 2: Winter Semester –The winter semester (between September to February or October to March). The applications must be submitted before July 15 every year.

Germany Family Sponsorship

Third-country nationals, who are legal residents in Germany, may want to bring over their family members from their native countries outside the EU, either temporarily or permanently. The Immigration Authorities in Germany, who support the reunification of families, have a special visa in place for this purpose, to allow them to join their family members in Germany.

How to get a Germany PR Visa? 

If you've been employed in Germany for the past three years and currently possess a residence visa granted by authorities to enable your stay, you're eligible to obtain permanent residency (PR) in Germany. However, it's important to ensure that you are self-employed when you apply for PR.

Y-Axis German Immigration Consultants 

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Germany Immigration News 

September 01, 2023

New law to grant ‘German Citizenship’ to millions of immigrants

The German government has brought a new citizenship law for immigrants to become a citizen of Germany. The cabinet ad reduced some citizenship rules to attract more immigrants to Germany to overcome the labour shortage in the country.


August 16, 2023

Ireland issued 18,000+ work permits in the first seven months of 2023

Ireland has issued 18,000+ work permits in the first half of 2023. Indians received 6,868 employment permits in various industries.

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July 26, 2023

UK calling Indian young professionals: Apply now for 3000 places in the second ballot of the Young Professionals Scheme

The UK government has declared the commencement of the second ballot for the Young Professional Scheme visa, exclusively available to Indian citizens aged between 18 and 30 years. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to stay in the UK for a maximum of two years. This program grants participants the flexibility to enter and exit the UK multiple times during their stay. While there are 3,000 places available in the second ballot, a significant number had already been allocated during the initial round in February. Don’t miss this chance to apply and explore exciting opportunities in the UK!

July 22, 2023

Germany to promote immigration of Indian skilled professionals – Hubertus Heil, German Minister

Germany’s Federal Minister of Labour, Hubertus Heil, on a visit to India for the G20 labor ministers meeting, and he promoted the immigration of skilled professionals to Germany. During his visit, Minister Heil is engaging in discussions with his Indian counterparts and other stakeholders to find solutions to improve working conditions for workers.

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July 03, 2023

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June 23, 2023

Germany’s new immigration points calculator to attract skilled foreign professionals

Germany is passing an immigration reform law that aims to make it easier for skilled workers from non-European Union (EU) countries to move and work in the country. The government’s decision to pass the law this week is a significant step toward addressing the labor shortages that Germany is currently facing. The reform is expected to modernize Germany’s immigration policies and attract workers from abroad.

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Germany’s new immigration points calculator to attract skilled foreign professionals

June 01, 2023

Germany issued 7.5 lakhs multiple entry Schengen visas in 2022! Apply now!

A total number of 1,043,297 visas were issued, out of which 817,307 visas were issued by German consulates and visa centers. Out of those 817,307 visas, 740,356 visas were multiple entry visas. Germany is known for its low rejection rate and for the highest rate of visa issuance.

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Did you know? Germany issued 7.5 lakhs multiple entry Schengen visas in 2022!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Job seekers visa?

There is a shortage of skilled workers in many sectors and professions in Germany. More especially, qualified technical workers, such as engineers and IT specialists, as well as health specialists, are in short supply. Germany Job Seeker’s Visa entitles you to stay and search for a job in the country for six months. In a country with only 7% unemployment, there is immense scope for jobs and career development.

What are the benefits of going in on a Germany Job Seeker visa?

There are many benefits of going in on a Germany Job Seeker visa. The processing time for getting this visa is less than 6 months. After getting a job, one can apply for Blue Card, from within the country. On an employment resident permit, on completion of 5 years, you can apply for permanent residency. Condition:- Annual gross salary offer of at least 43,056 Euros to 55,200 Euros, in the case of Specialists in the fields of mathematics, IT, life sciences and engineering. 

Do I need to undergo IELTS / TOEFL exam for Germany JSV?

No, IELTS / TOEFL is not required.

What is the eligibility criteria to apply for Germany JSV?

There is no points-based test for the Germany Jobseeker Visa. However, to be eligible: 

  • You must have a minimum of 6 months of experience and Graduation qualification to qualify as per the H+ Anabin University List. 
  • Applicants from Mumbai or Delhi region must have 16 years of regular education either 4 years Bachelor’s degree or 3 years Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree. 
  • Must be a graduate 
  • Have proof that you have completed 15 years of regular education 
  • Proficiency in English is compulsory 
  • A German-language knowledge though not mandatory will help you in your job search 
  • Documents that prove you have enough funds for a six-month stay in Germany 
  • Proof that you have arranged your accommodation for six months 
Do I need to learn German language to apply for Germany JSV?

German language is not a mandatory requirement, however for some profiles based on the work profile German language certificate is suggested.

What are the advantages of a German Jobseeker Visa?
  • It allows you to search for a job in a duration of six months.
  • The short processing time of under six months helps you plan your course of action.
  • The period of six months provides ample time to find a job matching your skills and qualifications.
  • Eligibility to apply for an EU blue card once you secure a job.
Is Germany accepting immigration applications?

Yes, the German Immigration Department is accepting applications but only for work permits and dependents from immigration candidates.

Is the German language mandatory for a job seeker visa in Germany?

No, it is not necessary to know German to get a job seeker visa in Germany. Moreover, since Germany requires millions of skilled professionals, it is allowing more people who can’t speak German to enter the country and find employment. Besides, it helps if you have basic proficiency in the German language to increase your chances of getting a German job seeker visa. 

Can I get a job in Germany from India?

Yes, you can search for a job in Germany from India, provided you have a degree that is comparable to a German degree. As Germany is the world’s fourth-largest economy it offers many job opportunities for all foreign nationals, including Indians. Currently, Germany is facing shortage of skilled workers. This is the right time to apply for jobs in Germany. Here are the steps to apply to get a job in Germany:

Step 1: Check your Eligibility

Step 2: Get your educational qualifications recognised

Step 3: Search for a job related to your field

Step 4: Write an application

Step 5: Apply for Germany work visa

Is a German job seeker visa open in India?

Yes, a German job seeker visa is offered by the largest economy in Europe to allow people from all over the world to remain in the country and look for jobs. This visa was created to fill job vacancies in Germany which are facing a severe scarcity of talented workers. Indians can avail of this visa, which is valid for six months, to look for a job in Germany. But, do remember that the jobseeker visa has to be converted into a work permit once you find a job there. 

How much bank balance is required for a German job seeker visa?

To obtain a German job seeker visa, you need to show proof of sufficient funds to cover your entire stay in Germany. Moreover, ensure that you have a monthly amount of €720 available in your bank balance. A document that is accepted is proof of sufficient income to cover the costs of your six-month stay period in Germany. This proof can be shown through a blocked account or a Declaration of Commitment.

How can I get a German job seeker visa from India?

Complete the application form, book an appointment, and get the appropriate documentation ready when you apply for a German job-seeker visa from India. In the documentation, you need to have a valid passport, with a minimum of 12 months validity remaining after the scheduled date of return, a copy of your passport’s data page, two passport photos as per biometric specifications, a cover letter from you detailing the precise plan of action to find a job in Germany, proof of academic qualifications and work experience, personal resume, proof of accommodation in Germany for the first month, proof of financial earnings to cover stay costs of Germany, and proof of having health insurance for your entire stay in Germany.

Can I take my family to Germany on a job seeker visa?

No, you cannot take your family along with you to Germany on a job seeker visa. After you get a job, you need to apply for a work permit. Only after obtaining it, you are allowed to take your family.

Can I extend my job seeker visa to Germany?

No, you cannot extend your German job seeker visa. Once this visa expires – if you have been unable to find work during this visa’s validity, you will have to return to your home country.

What is the age limit for a Germany job seeker visa?

Apart from having minimum educational qualifications, work experience of at least five years, and proof of financial stability, you should also be aged above 18 to be able to apply for a German job seeker visa.  

How can I change my job seeker visa to a work permit in Germany?

When you get a job in Germany while on a job seeker visa, you immediately need to apply for a German work permit. You are not allowed to work in Germany with a job-seeker visa after you have found a job.