Change Your Life With A German Jobseeker Visa

The German Jobseeker visa will provide easy access to jobseekers to come to the country and look for a job here.

With this visa you can stay in Germany for six months and look for a job.

Features of this visa are:
  1. You need not have a job offer from a German company to apply for this visa.
  2. If you find a job in the six months you are in Germany on this visa, you can later change it to a work permit
  3. When you are looking for work with the visa, you are not allowed to work either on a self-employed basis or otherwise
  4. You are not allowed to work even if you find a job. You can do so only after you find a job
  5. If you do not find a job within the six months, you will need to leave Germany immediately
Advantages of German jobseeker visa
  1. You will get six months to search for a job in Germany
  2. This gives you ample time to find a job that is a fit for your skills and qualifications
  3. You get the provision to apply for an EU Blue Card once you secure a job.
  4. After 5 years of staying in Germany with a work visa, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

To apply for this visa, you must have proof of your educational qualifications by furnishing your University Degree and proof that you have enough funds to support your duration of stay.

German Jobseeker visa requirements
  • Have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from a university in Germany or an equivalent overseas degree. (This clause has been modified after changes to German immigration laws in 2020)
  • Possess a minimum of 1 year’ experience in your field of study.
  • Be able to supply adequate proof of funds covering your stay during the time period that you would be in Germany.
  • Have insurance (travel or medical) that covers your stay in Germany, or at least covers you till the time that you get your Work Permit if you succeed in getting a job
  • Have proof that you have completed 15 years of regular education
  • A B1 or B2 level in German though not mandatory will help you in your job search
  • Proof that you have arranged your accommodation for six months
  • Be able to supply adequate proof of funds covering your stay during the time period that you would be in Germany.
  • Have insurance (travel or medical) that covers your stay in Germany, or at least covers you till the time that you get your Work Permit if you succeed in getting a job
Steps to apply for a Jobseeker visa

Step 1: Gather all the required documents- Submit the required list of documents along with your application.

Step 2: Get an appointment from the embassy-. Schedule an appointment from the embassy one month before the date you intend to apply for the visa and submit your application form

Step 3: Submit the online application- Fill the online application form and submit it.

Step 4: Attend the visa interview- Attend the scheduled visa interview at the embassy or consulate.

Step 5: Pay the visa fees-Ensure you pay the required fees.

Step 6: Wait for the visa processing– The processing time for the visa can vary between one to two months.

 
FAQ
What is the purpose of the Job seeker visa?

In Germany, skilled workers are in short supply in a variety of industries and occupations. Trained skilled staff, such as engineers and IT experts, as well as health professionals, are particularly scarce. The German Job Seeker visa allows you to remain in the country for six months while looking for work.

What were the changes made to the Jobseeker Visa under the new immigration laws introduced in March 2020?
  • Applicants will no longer need to have a Bachelor’s degree
  • Applicants are required to have a formal vocational qualification in their field of work.
  • Applicants must be able to speak intermediate level German

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