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Employment Visa (Qualified Professionals)

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If you intend to take up an employment in Germany - regardless of the duration of your intended employment - you are required to apply for an employment visa.

The offical website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

Information about the application procedure can be found here.

Checklist of required documents for an employment visa (print-version)

2x Application formApplication completed, printed and signed
(including Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)

Passport
+ 2 copies of the data page

Valid and signed passport which must have at least two blank pages. It is not mandatory but strongly recommended that the passport is valid for the whole intended stay in Germany.
2x Photo

Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications (not stapled)

Employment contract
+ 2 copies
        or
Letter of intent from your future employer
+ 2 copies

Employment contract:
The contract must be signed and contain specific details of the job function, salary and duration of employment.

Letter of intent from your future employer:
The letter must include details about salary and working hours as well as the full address of the employer.

Proof of accommodation
+ 2 copies

For example rental agreement or reservation for at least 30 days. Accommodation mentioned in a letter of the employer will be sufficient but an address must be provided.

Proof of qualification
+ 2 copies

Details of qualifications entitling you to the aspired occupation in Germany - e.g. university degree which is fully recognized in Germany:
https://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en/

http://anabin.kmk.org

If this applies to your case, proof that your foreign university degree is recognized in Germany must be submitted along with your visa application.
2x Curriculum vitae

Proof of health insurance
+ 2 copies

Dependent on the duration of your stay valid for the first 90 days to six months.

Proof of Residence permit in S.A.
+ 2 copies

Only applicable for non-South African citizens.
2x checklistTwo copies of this checklist have to be signed and submitted with your application.

The German Mission reserves the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary. Presenting the above-mentioned documentation does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been approved and the German Mission requests you to do so.

The processing time can take up to three months. Once the application has been approved by the relevant German authority, the German Mission will issue a visa valid for 3 - 6 months (depending on the duration of the travel insurance provided). Your subsequent residence permit will be issued by the competent Aliens Authority in Germany. You are required to apply well in advance for it before the expiry of the visa.

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