German Residence Permit for Employment

Information about the residence permits and their types that are issued for employment purposes in Germany

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These residence permits are for foreigners having entered Germany with a long-stay visa, wishing to work in a paid job.

To get this residence the candidate must first get a letter of approval to work issued by the Federal Employment Agency (except for shortage occupations).

For certain professions a prior license is needed before applying for the work residence permit such as the EU Blue Card or otherwise, as an authorizing document for working in a particular profession, i.e., doctor license.

The fee for a residence permit to work for an initial application is 56 – 100 Euros, for extension is 49 – 96 Euros, while for Turkish people is reduced into 28.8 Euros.

General Requirements

Persons who have a covered statutory health insurance, different from private health insurance holders do not have to extend their health insurance periodically

  • Documents to show their residence in Germany
  • Home registration certificate “Meldebestätigung(received by the Residence Registration Office “Einwohnermeldeamt”)
  • Rent agreement + A confirmation letter of accommodation “Einzugsbestätigung” issued by the homeowner
  • Personal interview upon a preset appointment
  • A signed work agreement
  • A duly completed and signed work permit application formAntrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung
  • A duly completed and signed job description form by the employerStellenbeschreibung
  • The authorization to work in a particular profession (if required)
  • A license to pursue a job in a particular profession
  • Documents showing the costs of the accommodation
  • Rent agreement + monthly rent expenses
  • Purchase agreement on a residential property + monthly costs related to the home ownership
  • A recent certificate of the employment (by the employer) – for the extension only
  • Salary slips of the past 3 months – for the extension only

Residence Titles for Other Job Positions

In this category are included foreigners who are eligible to get German residence titles for working in Germany either in exceptional job position, or as parts of group workers for up to 3 months within 1 year.

Categories of foreigners who can get such residence titles are:

  • Those who can take up employment for up to 3 months/year
  • Foreign lecturers or performers of a superior scientific or artistic significance, and their support staff
  • Distinguished foreign sport performers
  • Foreign workers in festivals and cultural events
  • Foreign support workers of guest performers
  • Foreign support workers of film and television productions
  • Those who can take up employment for up to 15 days/year
  • Foreigners daily performers
  • Other categories
  • Foreign professional athletes
  • Foreign professional trainers to work in German sports club (of age minimum 16, the offered salary is minimum 50% of the minimum income for statutory pension insurance, has a recognized athletic qualification as a professional athlete or trainer/coach)
  • Creative categories
  • Foreign photo models
  • Foreign advertisers
  • Foreign dressmen
  • Trip workers allowed to take up employment not more than 3 months/year
  • Foreign tour guides leading tourist groups
  • Translators allowed to take up employment not more than 3 months/year
  • Foreign translators to translate in meetings or negotiations for local companies established abroad
  • Foreign participants and staff of the international sport events – foreign persons approved by the organizing committee to prepare, participate, run or to assess the event:
  • Representatives, foreign staff and foreign associations/organizations’ representatives (including arbitrators and assistant referees)
  • Foreign athletes and the foreign staff of the foreign sport teams
  • Representatives of the association partners and license partners
  • Media representatives with the media technical staff
  • Foreign staff of shipping and air companies
  • Foreign staff members of an international ship
  • Foreign persons in sea pilots
  • Foreign technical and service staff of a domestic ship
  • Foreign staff of an airplane company (not including pilots, flight engineers and navigators)

Residence titles in this category are given for the following

  • Jobs that do not need a professional qualification and the foreigner is part of an intergovernmental agreement or other legal mechanism of the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) – a residence permit
  • Jobs that need to have a professional qualification is given only for a job within a working team approved by BMAS – a residence permit
  • Jobs of high importance to the economy of Germany as regards to helping the progress of the German labour market and of the fight against the existing job loss of the country – residence permit
  • Jobs offered to the foreign persons whose exile from German territory is postponed, only if the foreigner has a professional qualification (diploma, certificate or else) related to the job position and the approval of the Federal Employment Agency to work as well as:
    • The professional qualification is taken after finishing a formal training/study course at university and they’ve worked in Germany in a state-regulated or equally regulated job
    • The qualification is taken by a recognized foreign university or otherwise equal to German university qualification and they’ve worked in Germany in a job related to such qualification for 2 continuous years
    • The foreigner has worked for 3 continuous years as a skilled worker in Germany before in a job which needed to have a professional qualification. Additionally, such foreigner must:
      • Have a clear history of any intentional crime in Germany (except for charges were maximum 50 rates/day or 90 rates/day in such crimes that can only be done by foreign people living there)
      • Have a clear history of association with any extremist or terrorist organization
      • Have never presented false information to the Foreigners Authority
      • Have never tried to postpone or stop actions for ending their stay in Germany intentionally
      • Have never used public money for themselves or their household dependents for minimum 1 year before – excluding payments of accommodation and heating expenses
      • Have the needed accommodation space
      • Have the needed understanding of the German language

Au Pair

In this category are included foreigners who can be given a residence permit as they have a job offer within the au-pair programme to work in a native German-speaking family, for a period not more than 1 year.

This residence permit is for foreigners aged 18 – 26, having basic German language skills whose aim is to get a job within the Au Pair programme, hosted in a German family (the employer). The programme must not last more than 1 year and the native language of the host family should be German.

The candidate must not have worked before thru the same programme in Germany.

The fee to apply for this residence permit is 56 – 100 Euros, meanwhile, is free to the Turkish people.

Requirements

Persons who have a covered statutory health insurance, different from private health insurance holders do not have to extend their health insurance periodically

  • A duly completed and signed work permit application formAntrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung” by the host family– for a job which needs the approval of the Federal Employment Agency
  • A duly completed and signed job description form by the employer (by the host parents) “Stellenbeschreibung
  • A duly answered and signed questionnaire for the host parents (au pair employees)Fragebogen Au-Pair
  • Birth certificate
  • School-leaving certificate
  • The Au-pair signed agreement (signed) – showing both parties of the agreement, length of the contract, salary, job description, duties and responsibilities of both parties, the pocket money not less than 260 EUR/month, working hours (not more than 6 hrs./day or 30/week), holidays (minimum 2 days off), and the names of the children to be cared off)
  • A personal cover letter – showing the reason for travel, motive to work in such a job as well as future plans
  • Documents showing host Au-pair parents (the employer)
  • Their passports or other ID documents
  • Their home registration certificate “Meldebestätigung (received by the Residence Registration Office “Einwohnermeldeamt”)
  • A duly completed and signed work permit application formAntrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung” by the host family– for a job which needs the approval of the Federal Employment Agency
  • A duly answered and signed questionnaire for the host parents (au pair employees)Fragebogen Au-Pair
  • Documents showing the education and past work experience
    • University certificates
    • School certificates
    • Certificates of internship
    • Certificates of trainings
    • A curriculum vitae (CV) – showing the entire academic education, voluntary or paid work and non-formal education history
    • Work contracts, certificates of employer, other documents showing past work experience
  • A letter of consent from a parent (s) or legal guardian – showing the approval for their child to travel and stay in Germany (for a candidate under the age of 18)
  • A document showing knowledge of the German language minimum A1 level of the CEFR
    • Certificate from Goethe Institute
    • TestDaF Certificate
    • Other accepted forms

Foreign seasonal workers

Residence titles in this category are given to foreigners who are about to work in seasonal jobs. The amount of working hours allowed is 30 per week, and areas of work include agriculture, forestry, hotel and restaurant, horticulture, fruit and vegetable processing and factories.

Length of the work contract for this category should not be more than 6 months in 1 year, except for those working in a fruit, vegetable, hops and tobacco cultivation sector that can hire seasonal workers for a period up to 8 months.

The residence permit in this category is given for not more than 3 months (for persons from countries listed in the annex 1 here) or more than that (for persons from countries listed in the annex 2 here) per each 6-month period.

Persons who in the past 5 years have worked as national seasonal workers minimum once, they are given preferential treatment as regards of the number of work permits and residence titles.

To get a residence/work permit foreigners of this category must have:

  • A covered health insurance
  • The needed space to live – if the employer will assure the accommodation the rent will not subtracted by the salary of foreigner
  • An actual job offer, or a signed job offer (holding the information about the venue of the work, the type of job, the length of the contract, the salary, working hours/month, work conditions, other)
  • The approval to work – taken by the Federal Employment Agency (granted to the employer upon their demand)

This residence type can be extended, except in case of extension of the work contract with either the same employer, or a new one. The period of extension is not more than 6 months within a year.

Local foreign workers of intra-corporate posted workers

This residence title is meant for domestic workers (of a foreign third country) who are about to work for a foreign (not local) company which assigns them to work in Germany, as well as their domestic workers in a private household, accompanying them while being in Germany, as to take care of a minor child or their other dependent family member. Such foreigners must have been working for the same employer for at least 1 year before.

The residence title for the posted workers can be issued for not more than 3 years while for the second category, domestic workers, not more than 5 years.

Foreign showman’s assistants

Residence titles in this category are given to foreigners who want to work as assistants in a show performance/s to be held in Germany.  Foreigners of this category need to have the prior approval of the Federal Employment Agency for working.

This residence permit is issued for maximum 9 months.

Foreigners who work as a part of an international staff exchange

In this category, the residence permit to work is given to foreigners holding a German university degree, or an equal qualification and who are workers of an international corporation or organization, who are about to work in Germany as a part of the staff exchange programme.

In this classification are likewise included residence permits issued for foreign workers of an international corporation or organization out of Germany, who are about to work in Germany’s unit of such organization or corporation in preparation and implementation of important projects. The foreigner must have expert knowledge and their skills must be almost equal to those of German workers.

Residence permit of this category is given for the period of maximum 3 years.

Foreigners who work as language teachers and specialty cooks

In this category are included residence permits given to foreigners who are about to work in Germany as teachers of their native language, as well as for specialty chefs with a work contract of not less than 4 years long.

The residence permit for the foreign teachers is given for up to 5 years, while the initial period for the specialty a chef is not more than 1 year.

There is an open opportunity for extension up to 3 years of the initial period of residence permit of this sort.

Specialty cooks visa

This visa is for foreigners, wishing to work in Germany in a specialty restaurant in Germany as the culinary chef. They contract must not be more than 4 years long.

Requirements

  • Documents showing the exact age of the candidate
    • A birth certificate
    • A school leaving certificate – showing the birth date of the candidate
  • A cover letter from the candidate– showing the reason for traveling, motivation to get the job and their future plans
  • A duly completed ZAV application form – filled out by the institution which issued the certificate of culinary to the candidate (ZAP stands for the German International Placement Service)
  • Documents showing the reason for traveling
    • A full-time signed work contract for a job as a specialty chef with a German specialty restaurant (with all terms and conditions of employment, payment level and social insurance payments)
  • Document showing qualification and experience of the candidate related to the job offered
    • Certificate of successful participation in specialty cook programme//training (from recognized local/international professional culinary institutions)
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) showing the complete education, trainings and work experience of the candidate
    • Past work contract and work related certificates/documents– showing work experience as a culinary chef for not less than 6 years
    • A certificate from the homeland Chef’s Association – showing candidate as a recognized specialty chef (if required)

Nurse Visa

This visa is for foreigners wishing to work in Germany in a profession of nursing. To do so, they first need to have a license from the state of Germany. To get such a license, they should make their foreign qualification as a nurse recognized for equality with a nursing qualification of Germany.

Thus, this visa is issued when such foreigners wish to come in Germany to follow procedures for recognition of their professional qualification and at the end to apply for a nursing license.

The documents to apply for a recognition of a foreign nursing qualification:

  • Professional qualification as a nurse
  • Work experience documents
  • Mental and physical capability to work in the profession
  • German language Documents to apply

The results of the evaluation can be:

  • Full recognition – due to equality with German nursing qualification
  • Incompletely recognized – due to essential dissimilarities with such qualification

When the qualification is incompletely recognized there are 2 opportunities available to get the full recognition:

  • Undergo the nursing examination (after following a preparatory training course)– examination tests for knowledge of the content of the state final examination
  • Participate in additional (compensation) studies lasting for up to 3 years – ending with an examination for knowledge of the content of a study course

Upon successfully passing any of the tests, the candidate may well apply for a license to pursue a nursing job in Germany.

Documents to apply for a nursing license in Germany:

  • Awarding certificate as a nurse (main qualification) + related certificates showing nursing skills
  • Certificates showing past experience as a nurse (in their homeland or overseas)
  • A medical certificate – showing that the candidate is enough healthy and physically capable to pursue the profession of nursing
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) – showing the entire academic, professional, trainings and work activity of the candidate
  • No criminal record certificate – from homeland authorities

Requirements

  • Certificate of incomplete recognition – showing dissimilarities of the candidate’s qualification with that of a German nursing qualification and Documents to apply for recognition
    • Additional (compensation) studies
    • Direct examination, or
  • Certificate of full recognition
  • Document showing enough knowledge of German language at the level B2 of the CEFR
    • Goethe Institute Certificate
    • TestDaF
    • Other accepted forms
  • Certificate of pre-approval to work as a nurse, from the Federal Employment Agency – the application for such certificate must be done by the German employer

To take part in the preparatory course for the knowledge evaluation

  • Certificate of incomplete recognition – from the state authority for foreign qualifications recognition (showing the need to undergo the knowledge evaluation)
  • Registration letter from the preparatory course provider – showing the type of the course, the length of it related to the requirement for recognition
  • Documents showing enough money to live and accommodate from the nursing profession
    • A work contract for a job position as a nursing assistant/care assistant (for the period before the recognition)
    • A work contract for a job position as a nurse/medical-care professional (for the period after the recognition), or (if none of the aforementioned does not apply)
    • A letter of commitment “Verpflichtungserklärung (for the period before the recognition)

To take part in the professional training course (i.e. Adaptation training course)

  • Certificate of incomplete recognition – from the state authority for foreign qualifications recognition (showing the need to undergo the adaptation training course)
  • A letter of confirmation from the training provider/medical institution – showing that such training can be acquired in their institution
  • Training curriculum from the provider/medical institution – showing the complete study program and the course goals
  • The internship contract – showing the salary and placement conditions (if about to enroll in an internship nursing programme)
  • Documents showing enough money (minimum 800 EUR/month) to live and accommodate from the nursing profession
  • A work contract for a job position as a nurse/medical-care professional (for the period after the recognition), or (if none of the aforementioned does not apply)
  • A letter of commitment “Verpflichtungserklärung (for the period before the recognition)

To undergo the qualification recognition exam

  • A confirmation letter from the respective German recognition authority – showing the potential of the candidate to work as a nurse in Germany in the future (after their qualification recognition)
  • The exam syllabus – showing the details of the course and Documents to apply to get qualification recognized
  • A work contract for a job position as a nurse/medical-care professional (for the period after the recognition)

To start working as a nurse, due to having a direct full recognition of foreign qualification

  • Certificate of recognition from the German foreign qualifications recognition – as a proof of having enough qualification as the German nursing qualification
  • A work contract for a job as a nurse/medical-care expert

Voluntary service visa

This visa is for foreigners who wish to do volunteer (unpaid) job, either within the framework of the Federal Voluntary Services “Bundesfreiwilligendienst”, or the Voluntary Youth Serives. In both cases there should exist a signed volunteer work contract between the candidate and the agency organizing the voluntary service.

Requirements

  • Documents showing the reason for traveling
    • A signed volunteer work contract – with an agency offering volunteer services in Germany
    • A personal cover letter from the candidate– showing the reason to apply, ambition to work as a volunteer in such service and future plans
  • Documents showing the exact age of the candidate
    • A birth certificate
  • Documents showing the education and past volunteer work (if any)
    • University certificates
    • School-leaving certificates
    • Certificates of internship
    • Certificates of trainings
    • Volunteer work contract and related certificates
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) showing the complete education, trainings and work experience of the candidate
  • A document showing knowledge of the German language minimum A1 level of the CEFR
    • Certificate from Goethe Institute
    • TestDaF Certificate
    • A letter of clarification – from the German agency showing that the German language is not mandatory for the job (if applicable)
    • Other accepted forms
  • A letter of consent from a parent (s) or legal guardian – showing the approval for their child to travel and stay in Germany (for a candidate under the age of 18)