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Residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment Issued to look for a job after recognition of foreign professional qualifications

After recognition of your foreign professional qualification, you can be granted a residence permit directly afterwards to take up a corresponding employment relationship or self-employment for a total of 12 months.

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  • Forms
    • Online procedure possible: no
    • Written form required: no
    • Personal appearance necessary: yes
  • Detailed description

    If the equivalence of your foreign professional qualification has been established or you have received the professional training permit, you can be granted a temporary residence permit to look for a job or to take up self-employment directly after your previous recognition procedure. This residence permit allows gainful employment without restriction.

  • Requirements

    You already have a residence permit for the purpose of the recognition procedure of a foreign professional qualification in Germany.
    The other general conditions for granting a residence permit are in particular:

    • a secure livelihood,
    • a clarified identity,
    • Possession of a valid national passport.
  • Documents
    • Valid National Pass
    • Proof of secure livelihood (e.g. employment contract and payslips, bank statements, submission of a declaration of commitment by third parties)
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of qualification (certificate of completion, certificate or attestation of your training company or educational institution about the successful completion of an apprenticeship
    • 1 current biometric photo
    • Please ask the immigration authority responsible for you whether you need to submit further documents.
  • Process

    You can only apply for a residence permit in person at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence.

    • You submit the required documents in the original and pay the application fee.
    • The Foreigners' Registration Office checks whether the conditions for grant are met.
    • If all requirements are met, the Foreigners' Registration Office will take your biometric data (photo, fingerprints) and order the electronic residence permit (eAT) from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
    • As soon as the eAT is completed, it will be handed over to you by the Foreigners' Registration Office.
  • Duration

    The processing time depends on the workload in the locally responsible immigration authority.

  • Deadline

    Application before the expiry of the current residence permit. An interview 4 to 6 weeks before the previous residence permit expires is recommended.

    The residence permit is limited to a total of 12 months.

  • Responsible authority
  • Legal basis

    § 20 paragraph 3 no. 4 of the Act on the Residence, Employment and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory (Residence Act – AufenthG)

  • More informationen

    On the Internet, you can find further information on the Federal Government's portal page for skilled workers from abroad

    https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/de/

  • Approved

    Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

    District Office Harburg

    Fachamt Einwohnerwesen

    Harburg Town Hall Square 1

    21073 Hamburg, Germany

    E-mail: bezirksamt@harburg.hamburg.de

    fax: 040 42790-7600

    Phone: +49 40 428713849

    Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

  • Approved date
    20.11.2020