The German employment visa, officially known as the Residence Permit for Qualified Professionals, opens doors for non-EU citizens to work in Germany upon securing a job offer from a German employer. This long-stay visa spans up to two years, with opportunities for renewal and eventual application for permanent settlement.
Types of Long Stay Employment Visas
- Employment Visa: For individuals with confirmed job offers in Germany.
- Self-Employment: For those planning to establish businesses or work as freelancers.
German Language Requirements
Contrary to popular belief, specific German language proficiency is not mandatory for the German Employment Visa, according to the Residence Act (AufenthG).
Requirements for an Employment Visa
Before applying for the visa, certain conditions must be met:
- A confirmed job offer from a German employer is essential.
- Equivalence or comparability of foreign academic or vocational qualifications, verified through an “equivalence assessment.”
- For individuals over 45 years old: An annual gross salary of at least EUR 48,180 (as of 2023) or evidence of adequate retirement provision.
Applying for the Visa
- Make an appointment at the German embassy or VFS center.
- Fulfill necessary document requirements specified by the German embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
- Apply for a long-term (national) visa (category “D”), submitting it at the embassy.
A fee of €75.00 is applicable for long-term stay visas issued in Germany. Payment is made in the local currency at the German embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
After Arrival in Germany
Upon receiving a work visa, remember to bring essential documents such as birth certificates, educational qualifications, driver’s license, or marriage certificates. Apply for a Residence Permit for an extended stay in Germany.
Explore the official Make it in Germany site for comprehensive information on German Employment visas, job prospects, residence permits, banking, and more.
In June 2024, the German Government will accept applications for the Germany Opportunity Card, offering opportunities for third-country nationals seeking employment in Germany for up to one year.