Germany Launches Job Seeker Visa for Immigrants

Sristy Sharma
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 12:21 PM IST

Germany has scrapped the need for an in-hand job offer to work in Germany with a Job Seeker Visa. Check out the eligibility criteria, document checklist, and application process for the visa.

Germany Launches Job Seeker Visa for Immigrants
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Germany has launched the Job Seeker Visa for immigrants wishing to work in Germany. The long-term visa will allow immigrants to enter Germany without an employment offer to seek job opportunities in the country.

The visa holders shall be able to stay in Germany for up to six months while searching for employment opportunities. On finalising an employment contract, they can apply for a German work permit and PR visa. 

When applying for a German PR visa, the Job Seeker visa holder will have to provide details of a finalised job offer that they are slated to join and relevant details.

Also Read: Germany Set to Welcome 2 Lakh Immigrants in Next Three Years

Germany Job Seeker Visa Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a German Job Seeker Visa, the applicant must:

  • Have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a German university or its equivalent foreign university,

  • At least five-year work experience in the relevant field,

  • Funds enough to sustain their stay in Germany while seeking employment, and

  • Travel and/or Medical insurance cover for six months or until Work Permit visa issuance.

Document Checklist to Apply for Job Seeker Visa

Before applying for a German Job Seeker Visa, the applicant needs to compile the following documents:

  • Passport, which is valid for at least 12 months after the scheduled return and has been issued within the previous 10 years,

  • Copy of passport’s data page,

  • 3 Passport size pictures as per biometric specifications,

  • Cover Letter explaining objective, working plan to seek employment, and alternative career plans,

  • Academic Transcripts of all qualifications,

  • CV,

  • Accommodation in Germany during the job hunt,

  • Proof of funds in form of:

    • Verpflichtungserklärung (formal obligation letter) sponsored by a German permanent resident,

    • Bank Account Statement, or

    • Blocked Bank Account

  • Home country’s residential status and relevant proof, such as Birth Certificate, and

  • Health Insurance proof.

Note: The Consulate Officer may ask for additional documents, which have to be provided as per the specifications.

How to Apply for German Job Seeker Visa?

The German Job Seeker Visa can be applied for through the following steps:

Step 1: Ensure the satisfaction of eligibility criteria and compile the document checklist to the word.

Step 2: Prepare two sets of the document checklist.

Step 3: Obtain an application form from the German Embassy Office in home country.

Step 4: Fill out the application form and compile the visa application with one set of document checklist.

Step 5: Submit the application and receive appointment details for the visa interview.

Also Read: D Y Patil International School Hosts Career Fair to Assist Students in Exploring Global Opportunities

The visa launch is among the series of steps planned to avoid the ever-looming global workforce shortage crisis. Many countries, including Germany, are executing plans and strategies to attract an international skilled labour force to avoid getting caught in the worst of crisis.

Germany is among the top choices for international skilled workers due to its secure and safe environment. Moreover, the country offers a high-quality lifestyle and high-end working conditions.

Source: The Economic Times

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