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German Employment (Residence Permit for Work) Visa 2024

German Employment (Residence Permit for Work) Visa 2024

Germany offers German Employment visas to qualified professional non-European citizens to enter and work in Germany based on a job offer. It is a long-stay visa for up to two years. Applicants can renew their work visa, and later on, they can apply for a permanent settlement in Germany.

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The step-by-step guide for how to apply for a work permit visa is provided in this article. A residence permit visa is required for legal arrival in Germany which is only possible by getting a job in Germany. If you have completed your education with vocational training programs from outside Germany, you are eligible for a work permit in Germany. If you don’t have a job offer you can apply Germany Job Seeker Visa.

Eligible Countries

  • EEA/EU member states
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • The Republic of Korea

Long Stay Employment Visa Categories

  • Employment Visa: If you have a job offer in Germany
  • Self-Employment Visa: If you want to inaugurate business in Germany or to work as a Freelancer.

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German language requirements

According to the Residence Act. No specific German language level is required for the Employment Visa.

Requirement for German Employment visa

Before applying for a German employment visa, you must fulfill these conditions otherwise your application will not be considered.

  • Applicant must have a job offer in Germany.
  • Equivalence of the foreign academic or vocational qualification. The procedure is also called “equivalence assessment”. Check how German recognition works.
  • For people over the age of 45: Annual gross salary of at least EUR 48,180 (as of 2023) or provide proof of adequate provision for retirement.

Appointment at the German Embassy

The list of necessary documents is generally available on the website of the German embassy or the German consulate in your country of residence.

To find out which German embassy or consulate you have been to contact regarding your visa application, see World Map.

Applying for a Long Term Visa in your residence country

  • Fill out the Visa application form. Prepare the documents that have been asked in the application form.
  • Submit your visa application to your German Embassy in your country of residence. If you are going for work purposes in Germany, you must apply for a long-term (national) visa (category “D”)
  • Submit it at the embassy.

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Visa Cost 

For all types of visas issued an entry visa fee is €75.00. Applicants have to pay the fee in their local currency at the German embassy.

Apply for a Residence Permit 

When you have arrived you can apply for a residence permit. This is a legal document that allows you to stay in Germany. You will get a residence permit valid for up to four years.

Residence Permit Cost

  • Upto 100 EUR

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From June 1st, 2024: The German Government will also accept applications for the Germany Opportunity Card for third-country nationals for employment in Germany for up to one year.

Germany is facing the worst labor shortage. So this is the best time to apply for work in Germany. In 2022, Germany granted 393,083 national visas (longer stays & employment).

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