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Visa for skilled workers holding a university degree (Section 18b (1) Residence Act)

04.04.2022 - Article

This page provides you with a checklist of the requirements for a Visa for skilled workers holding a university degree (Section 18b (1) Residence Act)

Information about skilled workers

Basic information

  • Basic Information can be found on our website here.
  • Documents not in the German, English or French language must be submitted with a certified translation. A translation of the personal data page of the passport is, however, not required.
  • Certificates, diplomas, etc. must be presented in the original with apostille/legalisation. Your original documents will be returned to you once your application has been processed.
  • The visa must be approved by the Federal Employment Agency in Germany and, where applicable, the competent foreigners authority. The visa can only be issued when this approval has been received.

  • Processing time is as a rule ca. 8-10 weeks but can take longer in individual cases.
  • Flight reservations are not required to apply for a visa – please only book when you have received your visa.
  • The mission abroad reserves the right to request further documents.
  • Missing documentation delays the procedure and can result in your application being rejected.
  •  Please do not contact the mission abroad to check the status of your application during the normal processing period. Such inquiries are extremely time-consuming for the visa section and can thus not be answered.

Checklist

Use the following checklist to make sure your application documents are complete. All documents listed here are to be submitted in full in the requested form and order with every application!

Provide the copies in two identical piles.

  • Two (2) fully completed and signed applications including declarations pursuant to Section 54 Residence Act
  • Where applicable, two (2) declarations fully completed and signed regarding contact details and power of attorney
  • Two (2) recent biometric passport photos
  • Valid passport (personally signed and with at least two (2) completely empty pages)
  • Two (2) uncertified copies of the data page of your valid passport
  • Completed form signed by your employer: Declaration of employment (original with two (2) copies)

  • From the age of 45: Proof of adequate provision for old age (original and two (2) copies (only if salary does not amount to at least 55% of the annual contribution assessment ceiling for the general pension insurance scheme – 2020: 45,540 € gross/per annum))

  • Proof of qualificatio: University qualification (all pages, original and two (2) copies)

  • Proof of recognition of the qualification:  (original and two (2) copies)

    • Two (2) printouts from the anabin database on the qualification and on the institution

      or (if the qualification is not assessed as “entspricht” (comparable) or “gleichwertig” (equivalent) and/or the institution is not classified as “H+”)

      - Statement of Comparability by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) (original with two (2) copies)

      or (in the case of regulated professions in which permission is required to exercise the profession, for example, doctors, engineers; complete list is available from the Federal Employment Agency or the European Commission)

      - Permission to exercise a profession issued by the authority responsible for recognising qualifications or assurance of permission to exercise a profession (original and two (2) copies) (for example, for medical professions: decision of the licensing authority in the federal territory, i.e. assurance of permission to exercise a profession and/or issuing of medical Licence)

    • More information on recognition: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de
  • Proof of adequate health insurance cover (original and two (2) copies)
    • If as an employee you are subject to mandatory statutory health insurance, you must bear in mind that this insurance can only begin when you take up residence in Germany and enter into employment. If you enter Germany beforehand, private health insurance must be taken out for the period prior to employment beginning and prior to being eligible for statutory health insurance. In its terms and conditions, travel health insurance can exclude protection if a long-term or permanent stay is planned. So-called incoming travel insurance can also contain such exclusions.
  • Applicant of a nationality other than Rwandan (original and two (2) copies)

    • Proof of habitual abode by “residence permit/visa
  • Processing fee of 75 €. Payable cash in RWF.


Further information

Additional content

Please fill this form out till the end.

application form for a national visa (category D)

Printable version of the checklist  Visa for skilled workers with vocational training qualification (Section 18a Residence Act)“

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