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Working and living in Germany

Young woman standing in front of the signboard of the employment agency in Boeblingen, Germany. Photograph: Azchael alias Max-Leonhard von Schaper /flickr
Young woman standing in
front of the signboard of
the employment agency in
Boeblingen, Germany.
Photograph: Azchael alias
Max-Leonhard von Schaper
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The internationalisation of the labour market emphasises the need for information on working abroad. If you are looking for a placement or an internship in Germany, or thinking of settling permanently, you need advice on visa, the recognition of your vocational training or studies, and the social security system. This website collects useful web links on legal issues, and practical advice, as well as official addresses.

Federal Employment Agency ( Arbeitsagentur.de


The official portal of the Federal Employment Agency in Germany. Employment seekers from abroadd are recommended to contact its Central Placement Office (Zentralstelle für Arbeitsvermittlung, ZAV) in Bonn.
Zentralstelle für Arbeitsvermittlung (ZAV) Villemomblerstraße 76 53123 Bonn Tel. 0228 713-0 Fax.: 0228 713-1111 Email:bonn-zav.info(at)arbeitsagentur.de

Studying and working in Germany


The Federal Foreign Office publishes information on studying and working in Germany on its website. The main issues are: access to the labour market (finding work) and visa regulations), training and studying in Germany. 

Information on the Legal Framework Conditions for the Gainful Employment of foreign students, university graduates, scientists and other academics


To strengthen the international competitiveness of research in Germany, the legal framework was adapted. The document informs about regulations applicable to prospective students, students enrolled at German universities, postgraduates, spouses, long-term prospects. (01/2017) 

Recognition (of foreign qualifications) in Germany


As of April 1, 2012, a legal act for the recognition of foreign qualifications came into force in Germany. “Recognition in Germany“ is a new information portal regarding the German government`s Recognition Act. This portal provides up-to-date information on the legal basis and procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications. If you would like to have a [...] 

Jobs and careers at Alumniportal Deutschland


Alumniportal Deutschland hosts this service for alumni who have studied or experienced work and training in Germany, as well as employers seeking skilled (academic) staff. Alumni are invited to upload their own profiles (CV) here. 

Studying and Working in Germany


The aim of the brochure “Studying and Working in Germany“ is to provide economic migrants and migrants who wish to acquire occupational qualifications or to pursue a course of studies in Germany with the relevant legal guidelines. The brochure lists the different possibilities of migration to Germany and would like to attend to nationals from third countries when dealing with [...] 

Integration courses for immigrants


This website by the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees provides further links to the concept, organisation, participation and evaluation of integration courses offered to immigrants in Germany, as well as connecting to the mor exhaustive integration portal and pertinent legislative background. 

Welcome to Germany: Information for Immigrants by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (pdf file)


A manual for immigrants to Germany, with information on issues such as social security, health, work, citizenship, residence (non-EU citizens, EU citizns). The date is 2015, alternative language versions are in Arabic, Turkish, Polish and Russian. 

Social Security at a Glance - as of 2014


The brochure gives a comprehensive overview of the Social Security system in the Federal Republic of Germany. Contents include pension, health, long-term care and occupational accident insurance schemes as well as the fields of promotion of employment, labour law and educational assistance, rehabilitation of disabled persons, housing allowance and social assistance. This [...] 

EURES: The European job mobility portal


EURES (the European Job Mobility Portal) is a network of employment administrators and agencies in 29 countries- The website offers a search engine for people interested in finding work in the associated countries, among them Germany. It is available in many European languages, including French, English, German, Italian, Polish, Swedish, and Hungarian. 

EURES Labour market information for Germany


A short overview of the labour market situation in Germany, including statistics relating to unemployment, vacancies, regions and sectors. 

International provider database - VET


The database is part of the iMove project supporting an international exchange and networking in the areas of initial and continuing vocational education and training. Providers of adult education courses or project managers in search of domestic or foreign partners can enter their profiles (the platform language is English). 

Setting up a business - entrepreneurship portal for Germany


This portal is provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It offers basic information and links as well as downloads for people interested in setting up their own business or wanting to become self-employed in Germany. The English language version addresses migrants and foreign entrepreneues. Also available in French, Italian, Russian, Turkish.  
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Europass (Qualifications and Skills)


The europass opens doors to learning and working in Europe. With its various components, the europass offers a fitting tool for documenting and presenting worthwhile experiences at home and abroad. It conveys a comprehensive picture of the holder`s qualifications and skills, enabling easier comparison between European countries.  

Returning Experts Programme


The Returning Experts Programme, which is implemented by the International Placement Services (ZAV) in the Centre for international Migration and Development (CIM) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports both junior as well as professionally experienced experts who are interested in returning to their countries and [...] 

Recognition of professional qualifications - Entry, residence and access to the German job market


If you are planning to work in Germany, it is often useful and sometimes even essential to have professional qualifications recognized. Because such a recognition procedure can be sought prior to entering the country, this leaflet provides information as to countries of origin, entry and residence rules, and recognition procedures. The leaflet is available in different [...] 

Working in Germany: What you should know


An English language website providing information for job-seekers and persons intending to start up their own business in Germany, which includes an index of articles - covering aspects of job application, insurance, workplace related problems, bankruptcy. 

Just Landed Germany: Jobs


The portal disseminates information regardin divers countries, in several languages, with the section on jobs in Germany listing residential and work requirements and application procedures, social insurance, job application, student jobs etc., Just Landed also provides a job market with advertisements. 




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