Work visas are available for academics, graduates of German universities as well as for Graduates of vocational training courses.
Academics: If you have a recognised university degree or one which is comparable to a German university degree, you are entitled to a “EU Blue Card” single residence and work permit. In order to obtain the EU Blue Card you need to have an offer of employment in Germany which corresponds to your qualification. Furthermore, you must earn an annual gross salary of at least 49,600 EUR.
Specialists in the fields of mathematics, IT, life sciences, engineering as well as doctors may be able to obtain as well an EU Blue Card if they can prove that they earn the same amount as a comparable German worker. However, the annual gross salary cannot be less than 38,688 EUR per year. If this is the case you would need an additional approval by the BA – Federal Employment Agency.
Graduates of German universities: If you successfully completed your studies at a German university, then you are entitled to take up employment in Germany which must be in line with your studies.
If you couldn’t find a job, there is the possibility to obtain a residence permit while you are seeking an employment. This can be issued for 18 months. You are allowed to take any job during this time frame in order to support yourself.
Graduates of vocational training courses: If you completed a non-academic vocational training outside of Germany, you will be able to take up employment if you meet the following requirements:
- There is a shortage of skilled workers in your profession.
- You have received a binding job offer.
- Your qualification has been recognised as being equivalent to the German qualification.