Working in Germany: What working visas are available?

Germany is widely recognised for its strong economy and abundant job opportunities, making it an enticing destination for those looking to work abroad. While obtaining a work-related visa in Germany can seem daunting, with various requirements and regulations to fulfil, the process can be made easier with the right guidance. In this article, we will explore the different types of working visas in Germany, walk you through the application process, and provide valuable insights to help you navigate this journey with ease.

EU Blue Card 

One of the most common working visas in Germany is the EU Blue Card. This visa is intended for highly skilled workers from outside the European Union. The first step in obtaining the EU Blue Card is to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. To be eligible, you must have a university degree or comparable qualification. Also you must have a job offer from a German employer that pays a salary of at least ‚ā¨55,200 per year. For certain fields (mathematics, computer science, and engineering) the minimum salary requirement is lower at ‚ā¨43,056 per year. 

Once you have confirmed that you meet the eligibility requirements, you can start the application process. The next step is to apply for a visa through the German embassy or consulate in your home country. At this stage, you will need to provide a number of documents. Such as your passport, employment contract, evidence of your qualifications and proof that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself while in Germany. You will also need to provide evidence of your health insurance cover.

If you would like to find out more about the EU Blue Card, we have another comprehensive article on our blog which you can access by clicking here.

For individuals who do not meet the criteria for the EU Blue Card, there are alternative work-related visa options available.

Job Seeker Visa 

The Job Seeker Visa is intended for individuals who wish to come to Germany to seek employment, and allows them to stay in the country for up to six months while they search for a job. Once a job offer is secured, the individual can apply for a work visa. 

It is designed for individuals who wish to live and work in Germany but have not yet secured a job offer.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Hold a university degree or an equivalent qualification.
  2. Have a minimum of five years of experience in a related field.
  3. Provide proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses during their stay in Germany.
  4. Have health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay.
  5. Possess a valid passport and other necessary documentation.

Skilled Worker Visa

The Skilled Worker Visa is another option, and is granted to individuals who have been offered a job in Germany that requires specific skills or qualifications. The application process for the Skilled Work Visa is similar to other work-related visas in Germany. The applicant must submit the required documents to the German embassy or consulate in their home country. The documents typically include a completed application form, proof of their qualifications and work experience, a job offer from a German employer, proof of their German language proficiency, a valid passport, and proof of financial means. Once the application is submitted, it may take several weeks to several months to receive a decision.

Be ready for bureaucracy

The process of obtaining a work-related visa in Germany can be complex and time-consuming. As well as proof of employment or job search, applicants must provide various documents, including a valid passport, proof of language skills and proof of financial stability while in Germany. Some visas may also require a medical examination and background check.

Once an application has been submitted, the processing time varies depending on the type of visa and the workload of the embassy. In general, it can take weeks to months to receive a decision. It is important to plan ahead and apply well in advance of your intended start date.

In addition to the application process, there are other important factors to consider. Researching the job market and understanding the qualifications for positions in your field is essential. It is also important to consider the cost of living and ensure that the salary offered is sufficient for you and any dependents.

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