Work Permit in Germany

Why is Work Permit Needed?

If you plan to shift to Germany for a new career,  a German work visa is mandatory. This legal document offered by the German Immigration Authority Office (Auslanderbehorde) allows you to work in the country. According to the applicant’s respective job contracts, the Germany work permit allows foreigners to stay and work in the country for a certain period.

About Germany Job Market


Number of expats in Germany

250,000

Expat Job Websites

expatica.com, expat.com, expatrio.com, expatjobseeker.de

Popular Industries for expats

- Software developer and programmer

- Healthcare workers, nurse

- IT consultant and analyst

- Electrical engineer, civil engineer, mechanical engineer

- Production manager and assistant

- Sales manager, sales assistant, sales representative

- Account manager and consultants

- Data analyst

- Scientists

- Doctors

- Architect

Types of German Work Visas Available

If you are a resident of these countries, you can work in Germany without a Germany work visa:

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. EU or EEA
  4. Israel
  5. Japan
  6. Newzealand
  7. Republic of Korea
  8. Switzerland
  9. USA

All you have to do is register your residence proof with a valid passport.

People from Australia, Newzealand, South Korea, Israel, Canada, or the USA do not even require any previous job offers for entering Germany.

However, people from all other countries must have a German work visa to work there.

Germany work visa types are based on several factors including qualifications and job deals.  They are:

Temporary residents permits

After finding a job in Germany, you must first apply for a residence permit as it is a necessary document for all. The Federal Employment Agency (BA) will provide it, and its validity is based on the employment contract you have signed. For example, if the contract is for three years, you will get validation for three years. Moreover, you can prolong your residence permit as long as you want as per your employment contracts.

EU blue card

The EU blue card is another version of the Germany work visa. But only a small group of highly skilled foreigners from non-EU countries can apply for this. However, people with higher degrees such as a Masters or PhDs in science, technology, mathematics are more likely to have an EU blue card as a work permit document in Germany. This visa comes with a validity of four years; however, if one continues with their previous jobs they get a chance to obtain permanent residence after 33 months.

Permanent residence permit

The permanent residence permit or the settlement permit allows one to stay in Germany as long as they want. But to obtain this type of permit, you must have proof stating that you have worked for a minimum five years in a job that is approved by the Federal Employment Agency (BA). In addition, yu have to also prove that you know advanced-level German language. Foreigner workers who have five years of experience in Germany and can prove that they know advanced-level German can stay in Germany with a permanent residence permit as long as they want.

Work permit for freelancers

This century is full of freelancers, and if you are one of them, you can apply for the Germany work permit showing proof of your clients and the contracts.

Requirements for a Germany Work Visa

Germany work visa is an essential document for the residents of non-EU countries (except the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel). To obtain one, here are a few steps to follow :

  1. Firstly, find a job for yourself.
  2. Submit your application for a work visa to the German embassy
  3. Enter to Germany and ask for your work or residence permit from  

Or you can simply apply for a job seeker visa if you haven't yet got a job there. Hence, after finding the job, you can go for a work permit to the German Immigration Authority Office or Auslanderbehorde.

Germany Work Permit Application Process

  1. There are two types of Germany work permits available for foreigners based on their job offers: work visa and job seeker visa. To apply for a work visa, you should already have a job offer from a German company. If not, then go for a job seeker visa. A job seeker visa allows you to stay in Germany for six months to find a job, and then you can apply for a residence or work permit.

Here, the German Embassy will allow you to find a job to settle down and work there. However, keep in mind that you have to apply for a residence permit before your visa crosses the limit of 6 months.

  1. Registration of your current address

Once you arrange for accommodation in Germany, you have to go to the Local Residence Registration office (Burgeramt) to register your address details. After that, you can contact the local citizen's office (Burgeramt) or go for "Burgeramt + name of your city" on the internet.

Fill the form there and download a physical copy of the application. Now you have to be present on your appointment date at Burgeramt with the following documents,

  • ~An agreement of your rental process along with a confirmation from the landlord and the passport.

They will give you the residence registration documents you'll need to apply for the work residence permit at the German Immigration Authority Office (Auslanderbehorde).

  1. Find health insurance.

Seek health insurance from any private companies as initially, you'll not get public health insurance. Remember that there are several companies for different areas. Find out which one you should go with your health insurance and address registration papers.

They will confirm your online application for appointment by sending an email with the respective time, date, address, and serial number.

  1. Making an appointment at the German Immigration Authority Office (Auslanderbehorde)

Once you register your address and obtain health insurance, it's time to make an appointment at the Auslanderbehorde. There are different offices based on your locality. Therefore, make sure you check on the internet about your nearest Auslanderbehorde.

  1. Documents you require for a residence permit.

The following documents are needed for getting a residence permit:

  1. The passport
  2. Passport size pictures with ICAO visa picture guidelines (International Civil Aviation Organization)
  3. The job contract papers that furnishes all the information about the job duration
  4. Salary and the position in the company
  5. The address registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung)
  6. One written confirmation letter from your landlord together with rental contract papers.
  7. Original Certificates of your university or diploma courses
  8. Proof of your health insurance. If it is from a private company, don't forget to submit the details and the certificate that proves your contribution to your field.
  9. Your resume or CV
  10. A cover letter that consists of your introduction that follows the reason for your Germany work permit application
  11. An employment declaration from the German Federal Agency for Work website to ensure employment relationship with the company you got a job

Timeframe for Work Permit Application

Generally, it takes around one to three months to complete the process of getting a Germany work visa. So, it is always better to apply for your work permit visa well in advance to avoid any delay.

Germany Work Permit Fees

The Germany work visa cost is approximately €75. Nevertheless, don't forget to discuss this matter with your nearby German embassy, as you can get some omissions based on your position.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a German Work Permit?

A Germany work visa is a document that allows foreigners to stay in the country and work with German companies legally.

Can I extend my Work Permit?

Yes, it is possible to extend your Germany work permit as many times as you want if you have a duly signed contract with your German company.

Can Work Permit holders apply for permanent residency in Germany?

Yes! German work permit holders who have five years of experience in Germany and know the German language well can apply for a permanent residency in Germany.



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