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Residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment Issuance for the purpose of employment in the public interest

You may apply for a residence permit under certain conditions if there is a public interest in your employment, in particular a regional, economic or labour market interest. However, formal qualification is not required.

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  • Forms
    • Forms: Declaration of employment (uniform throughout Germany); further government-specific forms can be obtained from your immigration authority, if necessary these will also be offered online
    • Online procedure possible in some cases
    • Written form required: yes
    • Personal appearance necessary: yes
  • Detailed description

    You can apply for a residence permit for work if your employment has a public interest, in particular a regional, economic or labour market interest.

    The residence permit for employment on the basis of public interest is a special right of residence, which is granted only in justified individual cases. A public interest in employment can be justified, for example, by:

    • if there is a regional or supra-regional public interest in an employer's products or services, or if there is a shortage of certain goods or services at the employer's location (regional interests). Supply or local policy reasons can also play a role in this.
    • where significant investments and/or a significant number of jobs are created or secured; if the creation of a business entails a sustainable improvement in the sales or market opportunities of domestic companies or if it involves the establishment of a manufacturing plant for technically high-quality (future-proof) and/or particularly environmentally sound products (economic interests).
    • when employment preserves or creates jobs (labour market interests).

    The private and commercial interest of an employer alone is not sufficient to establish a public interest in employment.

    You do not have to prove a qualification. There is also no need to recognise their qualifications acquired abroad.

    Before issuing the residence permit, the Federal Employment Agency must give its consent. This Federal Employment Agency also examines whether there is an interest in labour market policy. Approval shall be given for a longer four-year time.

    If the residence permit is issued, it is limited in time. The validity depends on your employment contract or the period of validity of the approval of the Federal Employment Agency.

    You may be required by the immigration authority to take part in an integration course. This will then be noted on your residence permit.

    If you are an employer and want to hire an employee from abroad on the basis of public interests, you can apply to the immigration authority for the accelerated skilled procedure, which facilitates and speeds up entry, under the authority of the foreigner.

  • Requirements
    • You have a recognised and valid passport or passport replacement and, if necessary for entry, a suitable visa.
    • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
    • Your stay does not endanger or affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
    • There is a public interest in your employment, in particular a regional, economic or labour market interest.
    • You have an employment contract or a binding job offer.
    • The Federal Employment Agency has agreed to take up work (the consent is usually obtained from the immigration authority). For consent, you must, among other things, Their working conditions (in particular salary) are comparable to those of a German employee in the same position
  • Documents
    • Valid passport
    • Original of your employment contract or a binding job offer (please use the nationwide uniform form Declaration on employment relationship )
    • Current biometric photo
    • Current registration certificate
    • Proof of your health insurance
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    • In addition
    • in the case of recent entry:
    • Visa if required for entry

    and in the case of a previous stay:

    • Current residence permit or other right of residence certificate (e.g. residence permit, toleration)
    • Further documentation is required for the implementation of the accelerated skilled workers' procedure. Please contact the relevant immigration authority.
  • Fees

    Residence permit issued: EUR 100.00

    Modification of an existing residence permit for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit for employment in the public interest (change of purpose): EUR 98.00

    Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or exemption may be considered.

    Note: The residence permit is issued as an electronic residence permit. The fee for the reissue of the card body is EUR 67.00

  • Process

    The residence permit must be applied for with the immigration authority responsible for your residence. The procedure is as follows:

    • Depending on the immigration authority and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out if your immigration authority offers the electronic application for a residence permit.
    • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the immigration authority. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your evidence will be checked (bring it with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT card).
    • In the event of an electronic application, the immigration authority will contact you after receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the immigration office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT card).
    • If your request is met, the immigration authority will arrange for the eAT card to be produced.
    • After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT card from the immigration office.
    • The eAT card must always be taken up in person.
    • Fees apply for the issue of the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority.

    Responsible in the state of Brandenburg is the immigration authority of the district/district-free city;

  • Duration

    about six to eight weeks

  • Deadline
    • The residence permit should be applied for no later than eight weeks before the expiry of your still valid visa or your still valid residence permit.
    • The residence permit is issued for a limited period of time. The validity depends on the period of validity of your employment contract and the approval of the Federal Employment Agency.
    • Opposition period: 1 month
  • Responsible authority

    The aliens' authority responsible for the applicant's domicile

    For the accelerated skilled workers procedure:

    Immigration authority at the place of establishment where the foreigner is to be employed, unless a central body has been set up for the implementation of the procedure

    Responsible in the state of Brandenburg is the immigration authority of the district/district-free city;

  • Point of contact

    The aliens' authority responsible for the applicant's domicile

    For the accelerated skilled workers procedure:

    Immigration authority at the place of establishment where the foreigner is to be employed, unless a central body has been set up for the implementation of the procedure

    Responsible in the state of Brandenburg is the immigration authority of the district/district-free city;

  • Legal basis

    Section 19c para. 3 AufenthG

    Section 39 paragraph 3 Residence Act (AufenthG)

    Section 35 Employment Ordinance (BeschV)

  • More informationen
    • Federal Government portal for skilled workers from abroad
      https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/de/ueber-das-portal/kontakt/hotline/
    • You can also get free advice on the topics of entry, residence and work at the "Hotline Working and Living in Germany" from the Federal Government's portal for professionals from abroad.
      Phone: 030 1815-1111
      Service hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Approved

    Ministry of the Interior and Local Government

    of the State of Brandenburg

  • Approved date
    19.05.2020