Visa to complete vocational training

Vocational training in Germany offers many opportunities and is the best preparation for the world of work in Germany. This gives you the chance to complete school-based or company-based vocational training. In both cases, as a third-country national, you need one residence permit according to § 16a AufenthG.

You can find out whether you need a visa to enter Germany in the Who needs a visa?

Which requirements have to be met to issue
a visa to complete vocational training?

You can provide evidence of a company or school training position in Germany.

Your livelihood must be secured for the duration of your entire stay: If it is school-based vocational training, proof can be provided by opening a blocked account or by submitting a commitment declaration. In the case of in-company vocational training, you receive a training salary.

You have the language requirements required for qualified vocational training. As a rule, German language skills at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(GER) are required. This applies if the educational institution has not already checked your language skills or a German preparatory course is not being completed.

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In the case of in-company vocational training, the approval of the Federal agency for work(BA) was obtained. For example, whether you will be hired under the same conditions as German apprentices will be checked. This is an internal administrative procedure – you do not have to do anything about it. In addition, it is checked whether priority applicants from Germany or the EU are suitable for the apprenticeship position (so-called Priority check).

Do you meet the requirements mentioned? Then find out more about the visa and immigration process.

What prospects does the visa offer for
completing vocational training?

To complete school or company vocational training, the corresponding residence permit is granted for the duration of the desired vocational training. Qualified vocational training in Germany takes at least two years.
With the residence permit to complete qualified vocational training, you can pursue a secondary job for up to ten hours a week independent of your professional training.

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If you are completing vocational training in a company, your residence permit allows you to attend a preparatory, job-related German course in accordance with Section 16a, Paragraph 1, Clause 3 of the Residence Act. This will enable you to improve your German skills in a targeted manner.

Once you have completed your vocational training, you can stay in Germany for up to twelve more months to find a job that matches your vocational training. This requires a residence permit to look for a career in accordance with Section 20, Paragraph 3, No. 3 of the Residence Act. You can apply for this at the person responsible for your foreigners Authority.

While looking for a job in Germany, you can take up any employment to secure your livelihood. As soon as you have found a job for which you are qualified, you can apply for a residence permit for qualified employment ( Section 18a AufenthG ) without having to leave Germany. In the section Perspectives after training, you can find out what other options you have after completing vocational training in Germany.

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As a graduate of vocational training in Germany, you can get one after just two years of employment in Germany permanent residence permit (Section 18c, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2, Residence Act ) if you also meet the other requirements for the settlement permit.

Visa for apprenticeship search

Do you want to complete qualified vocational training in Germany but have not yet found an apprenticeship position? With a visa to look for an apprenticeship according to Section 17 (1) AufenthG, you can come to Germany to apply for jobs in Germany and find a suitable apprenticeship.

You can find out whether you need a visa to enter Germany in the Who needs a visa?
Which requirements must be met to issue a visa to look for a training place?

You must not have reached the age of 25.

Your livelihood is secured for the entire duration of your stay.

You can present a school leaving certificate that entitles you to university entrance or a qualification from a German school abroad.

You can provide evidence of German language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(GER).

Do you meet the requirements mentioned? Then find out more about the visa and immigration process.
What prospects does the visa offer for looking for an apprenticeship?

With the visa or the residence permit, You can travel to Germany for up to six months to look for an apprenticeship position to apply for an apprenticeship on site. During this time, you are not allowed to pursue any gainful employment.

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