Do I need a visa to work in Germany?
This is a question which many people from around the world ask themselves, and why wouldn’t they? Germany holds the most developed economy in Europe, and Europe is in turn the biggest economy in the world. So how can you gain access to the German employment market as a non-EU national? You will need a visa, but the category you opt for will vary depending on your circumstances.
What conditions apply to me?
- I have received a job offer from a German employer
If you are lucky enough to have received an employment offer in Germany, then your employer will need to apply for a general work permit, which enables you to live and work in Germany for the duration of your employment contract. Qualifying for this type of visa also depends on meeting skill requirements for the specific job role you have been offered.
- I have not received a job offer
Many highly qualified individuals will not have been offered a job, and may not be aware of the opportunity to reside in Germany for up to six months in order to search for employment: those who hold a university degree and have an academic background can do just that providing they fulfil some requirements.
What are the requirements to apply for a German residence permit for Job Search?
In principle, it’s relatively straightforward. You need to provide evidence of your academic background by showing your university degree or equivalent diploma qualification from a technical college.
You will also be asked to demonstrate enough funds to finance your living expenses for the next six months – this can be through bank statements, credit cards, dividends, income etc. It is advisable to consult a lawyer particularly for this part of the process, since there are certain steps they can take to improve the strength of your application.
Can I apply for this visa if I am already in Germany?
No; there is a formal requirement for applicants to enter Germany through this specific visa for job hunting purposes. If you are already living in the country, you will need to leave and apply from home, and you are not eligible to apply while holding a different type of permit.
Speak to us about qualifying for this work permit
Highly qualified people are wanted and needed in Germany, and the government intends to provide incentives to attract them into the country – such as this permit – and preferably for good, too. Although in this respect the odds are in your favour if you meet the requirements, the legal framework can still prove a challenge.
To speak with a lawyer about your eligibility and for more detail about the job search permit in Germany, please contact us at [email protected]