You have a vocational degree and want to move to work?

Your Chance…. Germany requires skilled workers in a number of industries. As a result, in the summer of 2013 a number of policies were introduced to make it easier for non-EU citizens with non-academic vocational qualifications to work in Germany.


Since then, you have been able to take up employment if you meet the following criteria:

  • A whitelist of such professions is available here.
  • You have received a binding job offer. A list of vacancies is available here.
  • Your qualification has been recognised as being equivalent to a German qualification. Further information on the recognition of vocational credentials is available here. You will have to apply to have your qualifications recognised while you’re still in your home country.

If the assessment authority decides that you require practical experience in order to obtain full recognition (e.g. practical work as part of an adaptation period), you can apply for a limited residence permit for this purpose.