Job Search Visa
What is the residence permit for job-seeking qualified workers?
This visa covers qualified or skilled workers who wish to seek gainful employment (employment relationship or self-employment) in Germany in accordance with their qualifications. The length of this permit depends on how long and for what purpose the person is already resident in German territory.
You are eligible for the Job Search Visa if:
- You hold a foreign higher education degree: The higher education degree must be recognized in Germany.
- You have a main residence in Berlin.
- Valid Passport
Identity card, passport, children's passport for German nationals, national passport or passport replacement papers are accepted for foreign nationals.
- 1 current biometric photo
One 35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background. See example here.
- Training testimonial/certificate (If you are a skilled worker with vocational training)
In the case of foreign vocational training: in the original language as an officially certified copy along with a translation into German as a simple copy If you are a skilled worker with academic education. If you have successfully completed qualified vocational training in Germany, you'll need your German educational certificate.
- Foreign higher education degree (If you are a skilled worker with academic education).
You'll need certification of the language school over a booked language course of at least 3 months, as well as the contract with the language school.
- If you have studied in Germany: degree.
Degree certificate, testimony or certificate from your higher education institution on the successful completion of your studies.
- Health Insurance (insurance card)
Travel health insurance is only sufficient if you have not yet spent time in German territory and the temporary residence permit is granted for a maximum of 12 months.
- Proof of secure livelihood
Current bank account statements, submission of a declaration of commitment by a third party on an official form.
- Form "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) for new arrival and first time applicants.
You'll need to have filled this out correctly. You can fill out the form online in minutes here.
- Proof of main residence in Berlin. (if applying from within Germany)
If you are applying from within Germany, you'll need to have a registered address in your name. If you haven't yet done so, you can fill out the Anmeldung form here.
- €100.00 EUR
- For Turkish citizens the fee is a maximum of 28.80 euros.
- Schedule an appointment at the Office of Immigration (Landesamt für Einwanderung).
You need to contact the Landesamt to schedule an appointment. You can do so here.
- Gather the required documents.
Before you go to your appointment, you must gather all the required documents listed above.
- Fill out the application form.
Use the Native form here to fill out your Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit) form and print it out with all your other documents.
- Go to your appointment.
Go to the Landesamt für Einwanderung listed on your confirmation letter on the date of your appointment with all your documents neatly organized. If you can, bring a German speaking friend. You may get lucky and have an employee who speaks your language, but this is never guaranteed.
A personal interview is required
The interview should, if possible take place by appointment.
Average time to process request
Around 5–6 weeks. A personal visit four to six weeks before the existing temporary residence permit expires is best.
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