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How to apply for German work visa?

Posted on July 14, 2020
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Germany work visa

Germany has a fast-growing economy, a range of job opportunities in various sectors and offers competitive salaries. This makes it an attractive option for overseas job seekers.

 The country on the other hand is looking for skilled workers in various sectors and also offers competitive salaries for those wishing to work here.

There are various visa options for citizens of non-EU countries to come and work here.

Work visa

Before you come to Germany for work, you must apply for a work and residence permit. For this you must have a job offer from a German employer. You can apply for your work and residence permit at the German embassy or consulate in your country.

Your application must include the following:

  • Job offer letter from the firm in Germany
  • Valid passport
  • Annexure for an employment permit
  • Certificates of academic qualification
  • Certificates of work experience
  • Approval letter from the Federal Employment Agency

If you intend to bring your family to Germany with you, the following conditions apply:

  • Your children must be below 18
  • Your income must be sufficient to support you and your family
  • You must be able to provide housing for your family

EU Blue card

You are eligible for the EU blue card if you have a graduate or undergraduate degree from a recognized university and are moving to the country on a job that pays the stipulated annual gross salary.

You can get the EU Blue Card if you have graduated from a German university or are a highly qualified student in the area of either mathematics, IT, life sciences or engineering or are a medical professional. Your salary needs to be on par with German workers.

Jobseeker visa

The Jobseeker visa was introduced to solve the problem of skills shortage in several areas. With this visa, you can come and stay in Germany for six months and look for a job.

Eligibility requirements for a Jobseeker visa

  • Minimum of five years of work experience in a job related to your area of study
  • Proof that you have 15 years of regular education
  • Proof that you have enough funds for a six-month stay in Germany
  • Proof that you have accommodation for the six months you will be in the country

Advantages of the Jobseeker visa

The Jobseeker visa gives you a unique opportunity to go to Germany and gives you six months to land a job in the country. If you find a job within these six months, well and good, you can change the visa to a work permit. However, if you do not find a job in a six-month period, you will have to leave the country.

Language requirements for work permits

The good news is that IELTS is not required to qualify for a German work visa.

However, the English language requirements can vary based on the type of job you are applying for. For instance, if the job requires travelling to other countries, then a certain level of English proficiency is required.

However, a basic knowledge of German will improve your prospects of finding a job here.

Work visa options

If you already have a job offer in Germany and are a graduate or post-graduate, then you can apply for an EU Blue Card before you move to the country. But the easiest way to get a work visa in Germany is to apply for the Jobseeker visa.

Applying for the jobseeker visa

Steps to apply for the Germany Job Seeker Visa

Step 1: Gather all the required documents- You will have to submit the list of required documents along with your application.

Step 2: Get an appointment from the embassy-Get an appointment from the embassy one month ahead of the date you intend to apply for the visa.

Step 3: Submit the online application- Fill the online application form and submit it with the required documents.

Step 4: Attend the visa interview- Attend the visa interview at the embassy or consulate at the designated time.

Step 5: Pay the visa fees.

Step 6:Wait for the visa processing– Your visa application will be examined by a visa officer or the home office in Germany.  The waiting time can be between one to two months before you know the outcome of your application.

Features of the German Jobseeker Visa

  1. You do not require a job offer from a company in Germany to apply for this visa
  2. The validity of the visa is six months.
  3. If you can find a job in Germany during these six months, you can change the visa to a work permit.
  4. If you fail to find a job within these six months, you must leave Germany.

Germany implemented new immigration laws in March 2020, these were some of its implications on the jobseeker visa:

Non-requirement of formal education: With this change non- graduates with vocational or professional qualifications will be able to find work in Germany as long as they are able to speak German at the intermediate level.

German language requirement: The government here has come to realize that it is important for foreign workers to have at least an intermediate level knowledge of the German language.

This is because German employers are looking at hiring people who can speak German because local German businesses conduct their businesses in German unlike large multinational corporations who use English.

The skill requirements in Germany are in technical and vocational fields which cater to the local market. If foreign jobseekers want employment in these sectors, they need to know German at the intermediate level to succeed.

Keeping the eligibility requirements and the latest immigration rules, JSV applicants who have no knowledge of the German language are less likely to succeed. Applicants who are not graduates but are looking for vocational jobs still need to have the qualifications and experience to succeed.

Apart from this JSV applicants should have enough funds to sustain their stay in the country for six months and will not be able to immediately bring their family with them.

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