Frequently Asked Questions

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If you have taken the assessment and not been accepted in the talent pool, there’s work to do before you can apply for the skilled jobs we offer in Germany. But most requirements can be met, and with your German Jobs account you have the guidance you need. So be proactive! Your account is permanent and we will help you along the way until you can join the talent pool and find the right opportunity for you.

German Jobs offers a comprehensive service to assist international professionals who want to move to Germany and find professional work here. And we help fill skills shortages in the German job market by working with employers to help them find suitably qualified applicants from abroad.

Through our innovative online assessment tool, job seekers can assess their qualifications and circumstances and then follow detailed guidance, specific to their situation, to prepare for the German job market. We also offer a wide range of follow up services to help with organising everything from visa applications to relocating to Germany.

We aim to offer everything necessary to make it easy for international professionals to become valued employees in Germany.

There are many subjects you can choose if you want to do the ‘Facharztausbildung’ (specialization) in Germany, such as internal medicine, surgery, specialist for orthopaedics and trauma surgery, paediatrician, gynecology etc. You can find more information on the website of the German Medical Association.

You can either do it in a hospital or at a medical centre. The only important thing is that the doctor in charge of it has the licence to conduct advanced trainings for physicians.

Yes you can, but your specialist medical training needs to be recognized in Germany. The authority in charge of this is the medical chamber of the federal state (Ärztekammer) you live and work in. And of course you need the ‘Approbation’ or ‘Berufserlaubnis’ to work as a doctor in Germany whether you are a medical specialist or an assistant doctor.

This is difficult so say as it changes according to regional needs. Currently there are more vacancies for some specialities and less for others. In the final evaluation after you take the assessment, we provide information specific to different specialities. The information in our assessment tool is updated frequently to make sure the information you receive is up-to-date.

During your trial period, your employer can cancel your job contract without giving a reason. The same goes for you. Both parties have nevertheless to respect a certain notice period.

You do not have to go back home if you quit your job or if you lose it. In general, if you have a Blue Card or other kind of residence permit and lose or quit your job in a hospital, your residence title, will be changed into a so-called ‘Fiktionsbescheinigung’ (probationary permit). This allows you to stay in Germany while looking for another job.

Average salaries in Germany for doctors vary between 65,000 euro gross salary per year for an Assistenzarzt (assistant doctor) to 80,000 euro for a Facharzt (specialist).

All three are important. But to get a ‘Berufserlaubnis’ you might be asked for your work contract and a residence permit such as the Blue Card. To get a residence permit like the Blue Card, you might be asked for a job contract or job offer. And many hospitals ask you for your ‘Berufserlaubnis before they give you the job contract. So this can be a vicious circle! German Jobs can help you compile the necessary documents and deal with the different authorities.

Yes, of course, you can come with any kind of visa which allows you to work or to look for work in Germany. If you need help with the visa, we offer a visa assistance service.

No it is not but it is good to work as much as possible if you do not have yet the practical experience required by employers and authorities in Germany. It is also common for hospitals or medical centres to ask you to do a Hospitation so that they can see how you work before they hire you.

Most hospitals offer internships possiblities (Hospitationen). So you can apply at most hospitals for a ‘Hospitation’. The conditions may vary and many hospitals do not pay you during the Hospitation. For the hospital, it is an opportunity to see whether potential doctors fit in with their team, how they work and how good their German is.

Yes, but only if you take our assessment and qualify for our Talent Pool. Once you are in our Talent Pool, employers can see your profile. If they are interested, they will get in touch with you about job or Hospitation possibilities.

In general the ‘Chefarzt’(Chief of the Department) decides whether to employ you once they have tested you during your ‘Hospitation’ (obligatory internship). The HR department of the hospital then takes over for the administrative procedures. They check your documents to see whether you can start immediately or need other papers first. Often doctors can only get the ‘Berufserlaubnis’ or Blue Card once they have a job offer or pre-contract. So the HR department will make a pre contract or give you a job offer so that you can get the other documents necessary.

The ‘Approbation’ is the medical licence you need in Germany to work as a doctor. It is valid all over Germany and does not expire, whichever federal state you are working in.

The ‘Berufserlaubnis’ is a temporary medical licence you can get while authorities are in the process of checking your documents for the Approbation. It means you can start working before the Approbation is approved. The Berufserlaubnis is only valid in the federal state you are working in, and is only valid for one to two years. You cannot ask for another Berufserlaubnis once it has expired.

Doctors with a degree from a university outside the EU should start by asking for the Berufserlaubnis; this allows them to work in Germany while their eligibility for the Approbation is checked by the authorities.

Doctors with a degree from a university within the EU should apply for the Approbation straight away. They are unlikely to need a Berufserlaubnis.

If you take our assessment, you will get an evaluation of your individual chances of coming to work in Germany. We have an internal point system which shows us whether you are currently eligible to join the Talent Pool. If not, you can actively work on your chances to qualify for our Talent Pool by following the steps in your roadmap that can help you improve your situation.

You need to have at least a B2 level, and in most federal states a C1 level to work in Germany as a doctor. If you start from level A0 (no German knowledge at all), it could take at least six to eight months to get to B2. It depends on several factors including your abiltiy to learn a foreign language, your diligence, and the intensity of your language course.

Because medical professions are regulated in Germany, you must have at least B2-level general German and a certificate to prove it. In many federal states you will need C1-level medical German as well. Please note: In Germany, every federal state has its own regulations for doctors.

German Jobs can offer you assistance in many ways:

– an assessment of your individual circumstances and qualifications to provide you with an evaluation of your chances on the German Job market. We provide you with an individual roadmap guiding you through everything you need to do.
– if you meet the requirements, we will include your profile in our Talent Pool for direct hiring opportunities with German employers.
– learn German with our affiliate language school network or online courses.
– training for the so-called ‘Fachsprachenprüfung’ in Berlin.
– assistance for the process of acquiring a ‘Berufserlaubnis’ or ‘Approbation’, needed to be able to practice medicine in Germany.
– assistance with getting visas and residence permits like the EU Blue Card.
– we can be your main provider of services related to your relocation to Germany.

Recognition means that your higher education qualification is formally deemed to be equivalent to the comparable qualification in Germany. Whether you need this formal recognition, depends on the job and on the employer. For regulated professions, such as doctors, nurses, teachers, etc., recognition of diplomas and licence by the relevant authorities in Germany is necessary.

To find out if your diploma, degree, or other certificate needs to be recognised, use our free eligibility check. Please note: although not always necessary, a recognition might also help your future employer to better understand your qualifications and it might help to give you better credentials while applying for jobs with bigger companies.

It depends largely on your profession and whether your profession is regulated or not. For regulated professions it is very important to show proof of your education and training. For non-regulated professions, it depends on what exactly your employer is looking for. Please note: Qualifications are also important for your visa and residence permit application as visas are mainly issued to qualified professionals.

Most positions are either temporary (seasonal) or permanent.

A temporary job offer is an offer for a job that is limited to a specific period of time, e.g. six months or a year. It could be to replace someone on sabbatical or on parental leave, or for special or seasonal projects.

A permanent contract has no end date. So it is valid for an undetermined period of time. Of course most employees prefer a permanent contract as it offers more security both to them and to the employee. Nonetheless many companies offer a one- or two-year contract first and change the contract to a permanent employment if the employee succeeds and meets the expectations of the employer.

Some companies will offer a bonus for relocation but few will organise accommodation. We recommend you negotiate these points directly with the company who wants to hire you or let us know when we get in touch with you for to complete your profile for the talent pool.

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By registering you get access to your own dashboard where your details and any answers if you have taken the eligibility check are stored. You will also be added to our mailing list for updates about the German job market and related opportunities. From your dashboard you can also book our visa services, language classes, relocation help, and other services related to your profession (for example, help getting the ‘Approbation’ (medical license) for doctors, or other services).

The full assessment always follows the eligibility check.

Yes, German Jobs offers visa services for all types of German visa, including student visas. Find out about our visa service.

Many of the employers who work with us might decide to sponsor relocation visas for candidates that they find very attractive. They will take care of the paperwork and the cost involved. Because your work authorization status is included in your profile, companies who send you interview invitations are those who are generally willing to help you resettle.

We cannot influence the processing times of the German embassy or consulate in your home country, and in some countries appointments are difficult to get. But we make sure you have all the required paperwork and documents for your appointment, so there are no delays caused by missing documents or information.

Yes, it is possible, but you have to contact the Foreigners’ Office (‘Ausländerbehörde’) and apply for an updated residence permit which is connected to your new employer.

The length of your residence permit depends on the nature of your job in Germany and the residence permit category under which you have applied. Most residence permits can be extended from within Germany, but some have a maximum duration.

In Germany there are several types of residence permits. We can help you find out which one suits your circumstances and needs best. Whether you should apply for a job seeker visa, Blue Card or normal residence permit for the right to work – we can tell you more about the possibilities if you book our visa services or a private consultation.

It is recommended that you apply one to three months before you travel to Germany, in order to avoid travel conflicts caused by visa processing delays.

This depends on the status of your documents, your fulfillment of the visa conditions, and on the workload of your mission abroad (German embassy or consulate). We have had cases that only took one week and other cases that took six months. The average time is between one and three months.

Of course, not fulfilling all the visa conditions can make the process take longer. You can also contact your mission abroad (German embassy or consulate) to get an update on the current waiting time. By scheduling an appointment with the German mission abroad covering your place of residency (German embassy or consulate), you may also be able to tell how busy they are currently, and what the processing time may be.

German Jobs is a company and does not issue visas. Visas can only be issued by the German consulates and embassies abroad which cover the place of residence of the applicant.

Yes, you can book a private consultation with us.

This depends on the German job market, the city/area you want to work in, and the number of opportunities in your profession. It also depends on your profile and qualifications. We cannot tell you how long it will take, but to give an idea, for most people it takes at least 2 to 6 months from the point they join the talent pool to the point they receive an employment contract.

Whilst there are many professions in Germany with a shortage of skilled workers, specialists are particularly required in the following fields: medical – doctors (physicians), nurses; IT – software developers for java, javascript, php, C++, mobile technologies, web developers, technical project managers, etc.; engineers – all specialities from automotive to electrotechnical; biologists and mathematicians.

German Jobs has developed a point system based on an evaluation of different aspects of your situation. We look at your chances of getting a visa and resident permit which allow you to work here, such as the EU Blue Card. We assess how you meet the requirements of German employers. And we take into account your current level of German, qualifications, and current status of any licenses required to practice in your profession. All candidates receive a roadmap of the steps they should take to improve their score.

The point score does not represent an official assessment from the German government. It is a German Jobs evaluation, designed to give you an accurate idea of your chances based on our knowledge of how your circumstances compare to the requirements in Germany. You are always free to make your own applications to German companies and see how you do.

Job seekers start by using our free eligibility check, then register to use our assessment tool. By registering and using the assessment tool, job seekers generate a profile and a personalised ‘Roadmap’, which gives clear and personalised guidance through the process of preparing to come to Germany to work. We also offer extra services to assist with every step along the way.

By filtering profiles based on skills and credentials, we create a pool of highly qualified job seekers that can be matched to German employers. This means that the profiles of qualified and eligible applicants can be made available to employers in search of new staff.

The eligibility check is free and and checks if your profession, university degree and nationality generally make you eligible for the German job market as well as whether you are eligible to apply for the EU Blue Card.

The full assessment assesses your qualifications and experience and gives you the opportunity to receive a detailed, personalised evaluation of your chances in Germany and the steps you should take to improve them. It also gives you access to many other features such as a personal account area that includes your saved results and next step guidance (the roadmap), and the opportunity to join our talent pool and make your profile available to potential employers.

Yes, if you are interested in finding a job through our services you should take the assessment.

Yes, taking the assessment is really important for us to determine your needs and provide you with the best support and help.

German Jobs’ core mission is to provide international, skilled professionals with the advice, support and resources that will increase your chances of being hired by German employers. Your chance of success will depend on your profession, individual skill set and how you meet the needs of employers, but following the steps laid out for you in the roadmap will help maximise your chances. If you meet certain conditions, your profile will also enter the talent pool, with the opportunity to be seen by thousands of employers.

If you would like to move to Germany to work as a professional, there are many things you will need to organise first, some of which you may not have much experience or knowledge of. For example, it’s likely that your qualifications will need to be assessed to ensure they’re in line with German standards, but there is no centralized government authority in charge of this assessment for all professions. Foreign job seekers have the difficult task of gathering information and applying at various offices for various documents, all of which must be done in German. This is not only time consuming, but also requires a lot of preparation to get successful results.

After several years of helping professionals relocate, learn German and start new careers in Germany, the German Jobs founders decided that it was time to create an online platform where job seekers from around the world could find the personalised information they need to understand what it takes to move to and work in Germany.

No, there is no guarantee that you will get a job in Germany. Every employer makes his or her own decision as to which applicants are recruited. However, our service is designed to help you increase your chances of finding work in Germany in every way we can.

As the medical sector is regulated by the individual federal states, the state health authorities are responsible for issuing the Berufserlaubnis or Approbation. They can be called “Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales” (in Berlin) or “Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart” (in Baden-Würtemberg), or a different name. We will help you find out which authority is responsible for you.

Many federal states in Germany ask you to prove that your medical German knowledge is at the C1 level. This is a prerequisite for your Approbation. Therefore, in many federal states you need to pass an exam called Fachsprachenprüfung. This exam takes place at the ‘Ärztekammern’ (Medical Chamber) of the federal state you want to work in or you live in.

Some language schools offer courses to prepare for this special exam, which tests your oral and written German medical knowledge.

German Jobs is a brand. Behind the brand are companies with years of experience in the field of recruiting and relocating international professionals.

 

It depends largely on your profession and whether your profession is regulated or not. For regulated professions it is very important to show proof of your education and training. For non-regulated professions, it depends on what exactly your employer is looking for. Please note: Your qualifications are also important for your visa and residence permit; visas are mainly issued to qualified professionals.

Some professions, such as IT or software development, do not require that certificates be recognised. For other professions, such as doctors and engineers, certificates must be recognised by the relevant authorities before working in Germany. To find out if your diploma, degree, or other certificate need to be recognised, use our preliminary questionnaire .

German language requirements depends on the type of work, your job duties and the employer. For example, doctors need very strong German language skills, whereas IT-specialists or software developers do not require such a high level of German. However, learning German will not only increase your chances of finding a job in Germany, but also help you socialise and understand the culture. B2-level German should allow you to communicate easily with others and to understand about 70% of the spoken language. You can find out more about our online classes here.

It depends on your visa. Some allow you to work, others don’t. Family reunification can be applied for – but usually only by married couples with children. Every family member still needs an individual visa for entering and staying in Germany.

There is the possibility of coming to Germany and getting married once here, but be aware that this involves a lot of paperwork.

To find out the best option for you, book our visa service or consult with a lawyer!

Generally there is the possibility of family reunification for spouses and children under the age of 18, but each case has to be looked at in more detail to see whether the right preconditions are fulfilled. In general, once you have a job offer or a signed job contract, you can also apply for the family visa. You might want to apply for the family visa at the same time as your visa, or come to Germany first on your own and organise the family visa afterwards. Through our visa service we are happy to advise you on the best way to get to Germany with your whole family. Alternatively, you can also consult with a lawyer first.

  • A Temporary job offer is an offer for a job that is limited to a specific period of time, e.g. 6 months, 1 year, etc…
  • A Permanent job offer is an offer for a job that has no end date.

Getting a job from outside Germany is more of a challenge but can certainly be done with a little bit of perseverance, as there is a high demand for educated professionals and highly skilled workers in Germany. Making use of the services and the guidance that we offer will greatly increase your chances. You are more likely to be part of the solution if you have a solid knowledge of the German language before applying!

This depends on the German job market, its needs and the number of opportunities in your profession. It is also depends on your profile and your qualifications. In some professions the time of year can also influence job availability.

The German economy is vibrant, and several professional areas are struggling to fill positions.  We only offer our services in fields where we have expertise and contacts, but we’re expanding all the time and will be adding more professions soon. Please check the website regularly for updates and sign up for our newsletter. We will inform you every time a new profession is added.

Yes, it is possible, but you have to contact the foreign office (“Ausländerbehörde”) and apply for a new work permit.

The length of your work permit depends entirely on the nature of your job in Germany and the work permit category under which you have applied. Most work permits can be extended from within Germany, but some work permits have a maximum duration.

The EU Blue Card is a residency permit for highly-educated and skilled workers from non-EU countries. You can find more information about the requirements by using our eligibility check.

We cannot influence the processing times of the consulate in your home country, and in some countries appointments are difficult to get. But we make sure you have all the required paperwork and documents for your appointment, so there are no delays caused by missing documents.

In Germany there are several types of work permits types. We can help you find out which one suits you the best: click here .

No, having a visitor’s visa doesn’t allow you to work in Germany. If you have a job offer in Germany, you should apply for a residence permit at the German mission abroad covering your place of residence (German embassy or consulate). For more information about your specific circumstances, take the full digital assessment or book our visa service.

Yes, you are allowed to appeal the denied application by following the procedures found on your visa refusal letter. The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused but you can re-apply without any charge. Please note: You must consider the reasons why your visa was initially refused, and complete/correct your documents and application before re-submitting.

It is recommended that you apply 3 – 6 weeks before you travel to Germany, in order avoid travel conflicts caused by visa processing delays.

You can apply for a tourist/visit, business, study or work visa at the German embassy in your home country.

If you are a citizen of the EU, USA, Canada or a few other countries you don’t need a visa to come to Germany. Most non-EU citizens who wish to live in Germany while studying or working will need a visa. For more info take our eligibility check!

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