All VISA’s for the purpose of employment require a German job offer or employment contract in place. If you have difficulties in finding work in Germany from your country of residence, you can opt to apply for a VISA for job seekers.
This type of VISA is valid for a limited amount of time and allows you to enter Germany for the purpose of employment, without having a job offer. So if you have difficulties in finding a job in Germany from abroad, this is the best VISA to apply for.
Requirements for a German Entry VISA For Jobseekers
In order to qualify for this type of VISA, you must be able to fulfill the following requirements:
- Ensure your qualifications are recognised or equivalent to those in Germany.
- If you seek employment within a regulated profession, such as a doctor or lawyer, it is mandatory to get a professional practice permit by getting your qualifications recognised in Germany.
- Possess a minimum level of B1 I the German language according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- Be able to prove that you are financially self-sufficient. Since you will not be employed during the start of your stay in Germany, you need to be able to cover the cost of living. This can be done in the form of blocked funds or a declaration of commitment.
Nationals Requiring A VISA Prior To Entering Germany
All Third-country nationals are required to apply for a VISA prior to entering Germany, except nationals of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand or the United States of America. The latter can apply upon arrival.
Duration Of The VISA For Jobseekers
The VISA for jobseekers is issued and valid for up to six (6) months and can not be extended. It is important that you find employment within this time. If you fail to find employment until the expiry of your VISA, you are required to spend the same amount of time abroad as you stayed in Germany. After this, you can re-apply for a new jobseeker VISA.
The Process After Finding Employment In Germany
If you find employment in Germany within the validity of your jobseeker VISA (six (6) months), you may be eligible to apply for other residence permits, such as the EU Blue Card or a residence permit for qualified professionals, whichever you fulfill the requirements for.
You can apply for the residence permit directly in Germany at the local Foreigners Authority without having to follow the VISA procedures upon entering Germany for these types of residence permits.