Working, training and studying in Germany

Seminar Enlarge image (© colourbox) Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

Germany has carried out numerous reforms to make immigration easier:

The entry requirements for skilled workers were changed in 2012. Experts credit Germany with having some of the most liberal requirements in the world.

There have been improvements in the recognition of educational qualifications obtained abroad. A six-month visa has been introduced for skilled workers wishing to come here to look for a job.

Finally, the EU Blue Card makes it easier for the highly qualified to come and live here. Next to these improved immigration rules, Germany has a lot to offer as a place to work and to live. It boasts a multifaceted cultural life shaped by many international influences, vibrant cities, beautiful landscapes, modern infrastructure and good quality of life.

There is a wealth of information about Germany as an immigration destination online. This collection of links and information should help you to get started in your research. You will find all you need to know, from visa requirements to work permits, recognition of foreign qualifications and the most in-demand jobs, to practical tips on living in Germany.

Welcome to Germany – The place for your ideas der Ideen

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Working in Germany

The German economy is in need of well-trained specialists and graduates in many fields and regions. Thriving large companies and SMEs are looking for IT experts, technicians and scientists, for example, and there are a lot of jobs available in the medical sector too. 

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Studying in Germany – a good choice

If you’re looking to study or research abroad, why not come to Germany, Land of Ideas? Higher education in Germany stands for numerous innovations, increasing internationality and strong support for cutting-edge research.

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The legal framework of studying or working in Germany

The jobseeker’s visa (covered by Section 18c of the Residence Act) enables skilled professionals from countries outside the EU to come to Germany for up to six months so that they can look for a job commensurate with their qualifications.

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Dual vocational training

The German dual system of vocational training makes a great contribution to Germany’s economic strength. Companies and educational institutions cooperate to teach trainees expertise and train them on how to apply this knowledge within the companies.

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Vocational training for citizens from EU and non-EU countries

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has launched the programme MobiPro for young people from the EU who are aged from 18 to 27 years and are interested in completing a course of vocational training in Germany.

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Settling in and living in Germany

Of course, you need more than just a job to get to settle into life in Germany in all senses of the word.

Working, training and studying in Germany

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Welcome to Germany – The place for your ideas

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On the Hunt for Skilled Workers

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Germany is ageing. That means there aren't enough young people entering the jobs market, and that German business faces a major challenge. The government is actively trying to mitigate the predicted dearth of skilled workers by going out and looking for them. As part of the project, it's also looking at attracting workers from abroad. But as this case from Hanover shows, the government has its work cut out for it.