If you are a non-EU citizen and would like to work in Germany while you do not hold the Blue Card requirements, you can apply for a visa under Regular Work possibility. The German Employment Visa is an opportunity for the qualified young professionals to come and work in Germany for a maximum of 2 years. Later on you can change your residency type to EU Blue Card or other types of residency depending on your living and working conditions. 

Who is eligible?


Applicants of EU/EEA (including Switzerland) and citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States of America shall not be subject to entry visa requirement to come to Germany for regular work, however within 3 months as of the date of arrival in Germany should refer to the local immigration office in order to make an application for residency under the title of working in Germany. This request should be made during or before laps of three months as of the date of arrival in Germany.  

Other citizens that are considered as third country citizens should apply for the entrance visa before the local German Embassy or Consulate under the title of work (regular) in Germany. Upon entering to Germany, application to getting the residency permit under the named title should be made before the local immigration office in the city of your location in Germany.  


Highly qualified foreigners such as researchers with special technical knowledge and teaching qualification

Intra-corporate transferees for managers and specialists

University degree and vocational qualification holders in areas that there is a shortage of skilled workers in Germany or if you have a job offer

University degree should be from a German university or an equivalent/comparable one to be recognised.

What are requirements?

1.Approval of the Federal Employment Agency

Admission to the German labour market is regulated by the German Residence Act (AufenthG) as well as German Employment Regulation – BeschV. According to these regulations residence for the purpose of economic activity is subject to consent of General Federal Employment Regulation. This Agency grant consent to taking up employment in Germany for nationals of non-EU and EEA states. This consent is granted along with other legal requirements, when no preferential employees are available for the specific occupation in the German market and also if the employment requirements are in compliance with the local employment requirements and stand based in German market (Link). In exceptional cases such as holders of EU Blue Card, highly qualified individuals, specific fields of economic activity and few other sections as have been verified by the law, consent of the Federal Employment Agency is not required. 

An advance approval proceeding can be initiated by the employer before the Agency in order to verify if the requirements for grant of consent are met (Link). This will accelerate the visa and residence permit process and will save time and cost if the granted offer could not meet the requirements of Federal Employment Agency. 

2.Language Skills

Approvals on German skills through submitting official language certificate such as TELC, Goethe and TestDaf (normally used for university studies).  

Approvals on English skills through submitting official language certificates such as IELTS and TOEFL or any university degree in English.

Other languages that depending on your qualification and job would be relevant to your Employment Contract.

3.Job Description or “Stellenbeschreibung”

It is a form that is prepared by the Employer in which details of the job requirements such as job title, job target and purpose, subject and tasks of duties, responsibilities, different departments, working groups and committees, communication instruments, salary, working hours and holiday and other relevant issues to the offered job or Employment Contract are mentioned. This form could provide an overview on the job requirements and its correspondence with the CV and qualifications of the applicant. 

4.Other Common Documents

Other needed documents for application should be checked with the local German Embassy as these could be different from country to country. Nevertheless a valid passport, filled in application form, biometrics photo, CV, Criminal Clearance Certificate, proof of place of residency, health insurance are the common needed documents for your visa application. 

5.Registration in Germany

Once you have arrived in Germany with the visa under the title of employment, you have to refer to the local immigration office and change your visa to residency permit for the purpose of named employment. Your application for the residence permit should be supported by needed documents as are verified by the local immigration office along with your registration certificate certifying place of your residency in Germany.