German Job Seeker Visa

If you have difficulties finding a job from abroad, you can apply for a German job seeker visa. It will allow you to live in Germany for up to six months to search for a job.

The visa aims at internationals with a university degree or vocational training that is recognized in Germany. If you get a work contract in Germany while on a job seeker visa, you can apply for a work visa or EU Blue Card at an immigration office in Germany.

German Job Seeker Visa

Requirements for the German Job Seeker Visa

Qualifications

You have completed vocational training (Berufsausbildung) or received a university-level degree

Recognition of qualifications

Your qualifications are recognized in Germany or are equivalent to a German degree or diploma. For employment in regulated professions (health care, education…) you’ll need a practice permit.

German language skills

If you have completed vocational training, you’ll need to speak German on level B1

Financial means

You have to prove that you can cover your cost of living during your stay in Germany in the form of a blocked account or a declaration of commitment by someone living in Germany. You are not allowed to work while you are searching for a job.

Application procedure

Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States: You can stay in Germany for up to 90 days without a visa and apply for the job seeker visa at the local immigration office.

Citizens of any other country: You have to apply for the job seeker visa at the German embassy in your home country or another country where you have a registered residence.

Extension of the visa

You can’t extend a job seeker visa. If you don’t find a job within six months, you can re-apply for another job seeker visa only after spending at least six months abroad.

How to apply for the German Job Seeker Visa

Documents

As each German embassy or immigration office in Germany requests slightly different documents, check their website for specific requirements. In general, you will need to submit the following:

  1. A valid passport and biometric passport photos
    Completed visa application forms
  2. Travel health insurance for Germany, valid for six months
  3. University degree or vocation training certificate
  4. Proof that your qualification is recognized or equivalent
    1. University degree: Printout from the Anabin database or statement of comparability
    2. Vocation training: Recognition notice (Anerkennungsbescheid) of your vocational qualification and proof of German language skills required for the job you are seeking (at least B1)
  5. Motivation letter
  6. CV / resume
  7. Proof of recent job search in Germany
  8. Proof of financial means
  9. Proof of accommodation in Germany

Motivation letter for the German job seeker visa

The motivation letter is one of the most important, if not the most important, parts of your job seeker visa application. The immigration officer who reads your motivation letter will decide whether your presence in Germany is necessary for the job search based on the information and the rationale you provide. Therefore you should put significant effort into crafting your letter.

In your motivation letter, you should explain

  • why you have decided to move abroad,
  • why you have chosen Germany,
  • what you can contribute as an immigrant,
  • why you need to be in Germany during job hunting
  • and provide information on your planned course of action to secure a job.

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