Recognition of Foreign Qualifications in Germany

Ensure You Have the Qualifications Needed to Work in Germany

Germany is by far one of the best countries that you can work in. Not only is the German economy one of the strongest and most stable in the entire world, but the German government also welcomes non-residents with open arms – so long as certain requirements are met.

If you are interested in working in Germany, then it is important that you have the proper foreign qualifications. Before you start working in Germany in your qualified field, whether it be for your own company or as an employee of an established company, you need to ensure that your qualifications are recognized by the German government.

Read up on whether your qualifications are recognized in Germany, how you can get recognition, and some other options available to you if you are looking for work pertaining to your recognized field.

What is Professional Qualification?

Depending on the profession that you would like to enter while working in Germany, you may need to have your qualifications recognized by the German government. Some professions do not require professional recognition and instead have it as a voluntary option, though professions that require you to have a higher education qualification will require recognition.

Skilled workers who want to work in Germany and hold qualifications for said work in their home country may find that they do not meet the requirements for that same occupation within Germany. If this is the case, then you will need to apply for professional qualification recognition within Germany.

In essence, professional qualification means that your foreign professional qualification has been legally certified to be equivalent to the corresponding German professional qualification. To attain professional qualification, you will need to go through a recognition procedure.

Upon completion of said procedure, you will attain an official notice stating that your foreign professional qualification is recognized in Germany. In turn, you will be able to work freely within Germany in any job related to your qualified field.

Keep in mind that the recognition that you will earn is based on what is called a reference occupation. This is where you will identify whether your occupation requires recognition or not.

Regulated and Non-Regulated Occupations

Not all occupations are regulated, meaning they do not all require recognition. For Regulated occupations, recognition is essential. If you want to get a job within Germany that is regulated, then you will need to hold the related professional qualification and even meet more requirements if needed.

Professions related to the health and safety sectors as well as the social service sectors will almost always be regulated and require you to hold a recognized foreign qualification. Those who want to practice medicine within Germany, become teachers, or work as engineers will also need to have their foreign qualification recognized.

Non-regulated occupations, however, have the option of working without recognition. We will cover this more in-depth later.

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How Much Does Professional Qualification Cost?

In most cases, recognition can cost you €600 or more. Bear in mind that costs for translation, certifications, refresher training and compensation measures can increase this price.

While this may seem like a lot, you may have the option of receiving financial assistance from various agencies or programs within Germany. The Federal Employment Agency, Federal Government Recognition Grant, and Federal States of Berlin and Hamburg are all options that may be able to assist you in covering the fees you need to obtain recognition.

Coming from a Country Outside of the EU

Citizens of countries outside of the European Union will need to acquire recognition before coming to Germany. While you are still in your country of

origin you will need to apply for recognition so that you can freely work within Germany.

There are requirements that you will need to meet before you will be able to work within Germany, aside from the standard requirements needed for immigration to the country. Here are the following requirements (At least one must be met):

  • You have an education qualification that is recognized as equivalent within Germany
  • You hold a statement of compatibility for said qualification
  • You already have recognition for your foreign qualification

When Do You Need Recognition of Your Foreign Qualification?

You will need recognition if the job you wish to do within Germany requires it. However, attaining recognition in jobs where recognition is merely voluntary creates opportunities such as better chances when negotiating your salary, the choice of changing jobs, and the option of applying for other positions.

Your country of origin and whether the profession you want to get into is regulated or non-regulated also plays a part in whether you will need to get recognition for your foreign qualification.

How to Get Your Qualification Recognized

If you want to get your foreign qualifications recognized so that you can work in Germany, then you will need to go through a few simple steps. We have prepared a guide to help you see what you will need to accomplish.

1.    Identify the Reference Occupation

Before anything, you will need to identify what the reference occupation is. This is where you will learn whether the job you intend on getting in Germany is regulated or non-regulated, meaning whether you will need recognition for it or not.

2.    Apply for Recognition

If you find that the job you want to get in Germany is regulated and requires recognition, then you can begin applying for recognition.

Bear in mind that when applying for recognition you will most likely be dealing with individuals and government personnel who only speak German. This can be quite difficult for a foreigner with no knowledge of the German language, so getting help from professionals such as those from the German law firm GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is highly recommended.

You will need to get the following documents if you wish to apply for recognition of your foreign qualification:

  • An application form
  • A valid ID
  • Proof of your currently held foreign qualification(s)
  • Proof of duration and content for said qualification

You will most likely be required to submit these documents for review. If you find that you no longer have the documents needed to prove your professional qualification, then you may have the option of providing evidence that you are competent in your field via skills analysis.

Skills analysis is an option available to individuals who seek occupation as a master craftsman or in other dual training occupations and may come in the form of a work sample, professional discussion, or a period of trial work in a specified company.

Taking a special test or completing an adaptation period, such as working for a company to further show your skills, are also options available to those seeking work in the regulated sector.

3.    Wait for Your Application to Process

After sending in your application, you will need to be patient and wait for it to process. This can take up to three months.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a letter which states whether your recognition has been accepted.

4.    The Outcome

In the notice that you will receive you will see the outcome of your recognition application. There are three different levels of recognition that you can attain. While recognition is only required for regulated professions it is still an option available to individuals looking to work in non-regulated professions. We will cover the outcomes for both regulated and non-regulated professions.

Regulated Professions

  • Recognition: This is the outcome you get when your foreign qualification has been fully recognized in Germany and is the equivalent to your German reference occupation. In order to attain this level of recognition, you will need to have met the other requirements for your occupation such as skills, aptitude, and German language skills.
  • No Recognition: There are too many differences between your foreign qualification and the German reference occupation that you wish to obtain. You can still get recognition via compensation measures or other means, however.

Non-Regulated Professions

  • Recognition: The foreign qualification you hold is equivalent to your reference occupation.
  • Partial Recognition: Only part of your foreign qualification is equivalent. You can undergo refresher training where you will be able to attain full recognition status if completed successfully.
  • No Recognition: There are too many differences between your foreign qualification and the German reference occupation.

Is it Possible to Work Without Recognition?

As we have already discussed, working in non-regulated professions means that you will not need to have a recognized qualification. Keep in mind that non-regulated professions are not legally protected.

Working in non-regulated professions is a great way for skilled workers to work within Germany and enjoy the benefits of the country even if they do not hold a foreign qualification allowing them to work in sectors such as healthcare or security.

Bear in mind that if you wish to immigrate to Germany from a country outside of the European Union then you will generally be required to hold recognition in one form or another in order to attain your residence permit.

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The Skilled Immigration Act – Immigration Made Easier

The German government has recently implemented an act known as the Skilled Immigration Act. This act has helped thousands of workers immigrate to Germany and find work that pertains to their skills.

The Skilled Immigration Act has opened doors for skilled workers from countries outside of the European Union to come to Germany and find work. The rapid nature of this act helps to meet the country’s high demand for quality, skilled workers while also assisting worthy individuals with a quick and legal pathway to finding work in the German labor market.

Skilled workers who have completed vocational training of good quality now have the option of immigrating to Germany in order to find employment or even apprenticeships in order to strengthen their skills.

The immigration act only applies to skilled workers who hold foreign occupational qualifications that hold a German equivalent. This new law does help to benefit foreigners who hold the needed foreign qualifications by streamlining the entire process of recognition and making everything much more practical.

If you are an IT professional, then you will be quite pleased to know that under this new law you have the option of entering the country for work even if you lack formal qualifications. Prior and extensive professional work experience is a must, however, if you choose this path.

Seek Assistance When Applying for Recognition

As stated earlier, it is quite important that you seek assistance when you plan on applying for recognition of your foreign qualification in Germany. The fact that you will be corresponding and communicating with German individuals who only speak German is one of the first roadblocks for foreigners who seek to apply for recognition.

The expert personnel at the GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH law firm are more than willing to assist you in your application process. They are more than willing to guide you through the process of recognition every step of the way, helping you to attain your professional recognition in Germany without any stress or trouble.

Performing the application process on your own can lead to many issues, so getting professionals who know how to guide you through it and provide you with helpful advice and accommodating assistance is the best way to go about things.

All the bureaucracy and stress that entails immigrating to Germany for work will be handled by the specialized professionals at GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, meaning that you only need to worry about preparing yourself for the move to your new home.

Skilled workers deserve a chance to work in Germany in the profession they want. That’s why GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is ready and willing to supply you with the needed German thoroughness and meticulous eye that you will need to find your new place of work in Germany.

Don’t hesitate to contact these professionals and get yourself the help that you need. Obtaining recognition for your foreign qualifications is made easy and stress-free when you seek the help of specialists who can handle your recognition, visa, and all other needed documents so that you can make the move to Germany without any hassle.