Visa for skilled workers seeking employment (Section 20 Residence Act)

23.02.2021 - Article

This page provides you with a checklist of the requirements for a “Visa for skilled workers seeking employment”.

Information about vocational training

Basic information

  • Basic Information can be found on our website here.
  • Documents not in the German 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 or 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.


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
  • Proof of recognition of foreign qualification:

    • In the case of skilled workers with vocational training: 
       Notification of recognition of foreign vocational training: Written notification of the agency in Germany responsible for recognition of vocational training (original and two (2) copies)
    • In the case of skilled workers holding a university degree:
      • 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 qualification (original and two (2) copies): University degree (all pages
  • Letter of motivation for seeking employment with one (1) copy. From the information supplied, it must be recognisable what fields of work and jobs interest you, where you want to apply and what accommodation you will use.
  • In the case of skilled workers with recognised vocational training: Proof of German language skills at B1 level in the form of a recognised language diploma (original and two (2) copies)
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form indicating professional experience to date with one (1) extra copy

  • Proof of adequate financial means

    • To stay in Germany, each individual applicant must have at their disposal at least 939 € per month. Proof of these means ( a blocked account or a  formal undertaking by a third person to cover all costs). is to be provided in advance when the application is submitted.
    • When submitting an application, financial means totalling at least 5634 € and additional funding to finance departure from Germany where applicable totalling ca. 1.500,- € must be proven.
    • In the case of financing in the form of a blocked account: Open the blocked account in good time BEFORE you apply for a visa. When applying for a visa, only the official confirmation of the opening of the account including information on the amount paid in and the amount available per month will be accepted. A confirmation which does not include this information is not sufficient.
    • In the case of an undertaking by a third person to cover all costs: Proof in the form of a formal undertaking pursuant to Sections 66 and 68 Residence Act in which a third person undertakes in writing to cover all costs (original and two (2) copies)
  • Proof of adequate health insurance cover
    • Health insurance in line with EU standards (covering the entire Schengen area, minimum coverage of 30,000 €, valid from the day of entry for the entire stay.
  • Applicant of a nationality other than Rwandan

    • 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 seeking employment”

Due to organizational reasons, the waiting time for visa appointments is expected to be longer than usual until the end of October. Inquiries that reach us in this regard will not be answered. Special appointments are not available.

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