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Applying for a Job Seeker Visa in Germany

Germany added this new visa category in March 2022. It enables those who want to work in Germany but don’t have a job lined up to visit the country for six months to look for suitable employment.

It works much the same as a tourist visa, except that once you find a job, you can convert it to a work permit without having to return home to apply for a new visa.

Furthermore, the German job seeker visa enables you to work up to 10 hours a week on a probationary basis, so you and your employer can determine if you are, indeed, a suitable candidate.

It provides an indirect path if you aim to immigrate to Germany permanently.

German Job Seeker Visa Requirements, Forms & Documentation

When it comes to the German job seeker visa, there are four important requirements:

  • You must have a recognised university degree or vocational training equivalent to similar types of qualifications in Germany.
  • It’s possible to qualify for the German job seeker visa without a recognised university degree or vocational training certificate, provided you can demonstrate level B1 German language skills.
  • You must prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your living costs in Germany for six months through a blocked account or formal declaration by a third party.
  • You must have proof of health insurance for your stay that covers the entire Schengen Area and not just Germany. Coverage should be a minimum of €30,000.

German Job Seeker Visa Costs

Contact IBN Immigration Solutions for detailed information on the costs and fees accompanying the German job seeker visa.

Our immigration consultants are familiar with German immigration requirements, including job seeker visas, all types of work permits, and options to immigrate to the country permanently. Your consultant will give you an accurate cost estimate, so your budget is unaffected by hidden expenses.

How to Apply for the German Job Seeker Visa

  1. The first step is to ensure that German authorities recognise your degree or vocational training certificate. Your immigration consultant will help you with this process.
  2. Your immigration consultant will help you prepare all the documents and forms that meet the requirements for this specific visa application in Germany.
  3. All applications go through an in-house quality check to ensure that the forms are correctly filled in and that no sections in the application have been omitted.
  4. When your application pack is given our stamp approval, you’re ready to apply for your German job seeker visa formally.
  5. All job seeker visa applications must be submitted through the German embassy or consulate general in your home country or country of residence.
  6. If your application is successful, you will receive a six-month visa to enter the country and look for suitable employment.
  7. When you arrive in Germany, you must register at the local town hall. One of our partners in Germany will go with you to help you navigate the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you find suitable employment, you can apply for a residence and work permit at the local foreigner’s authority in Germany. One of our partners will accompany you.

Note: The job seeker visa is not renewable. If you don’t find a job in Germany while the visa is valid, you must return home and find another way to obtain gainful employment there.

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