How can I find work in Germany? Frequently asked questions

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How can I find work in Germany? On this page we answer some of the most important questions of applicants from abroad who want to work in Germany.

How can I find work in Germany?

  1. From which countries can I apply for Germany?

    You can apply from any country. The legal situation in Germany basically allows employment from all countries and from all continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America and Europe – as long as you speak German on level B1 and fulfill some other criteria regarding your previous education – depending from the position you apply for.

  2. How do I get a work visa for Germany as a foreigner?

    This depends firstly on your specific country of origin and your qualifications and secondly on the specific job respective training place. We can only provide you with a concrete statement during the application process – once we have checked your profile.

  3. How long is a placement process for Germany?

    How long a placement process for Germany takes is subject so several aspects, e.g. the current demand of applicants in a certain position, the time to get a visa by the German authorities and other bureaucratic procedures. As an applicant from a Non-EU-country please expect this process to take months. Applicants from EU-countries can be successful in only a few days.

  4. What does M W D mean in job postings?

    For legal reasons, this information can be found in the German translations of the job advertisements and means: male/female/diverse: This indicates that the position is not tied to a particular gender.

  5. Which is the maximum age for applications in Germany?

    As a principle applicants intending to work in Germany must be at least 18 years old. Furthermore there is a strict policy of nondiscrimination against any age in Germany. Although applicants can apply for any position there might be some restrictions connected with visa issues in the first row. Work and Travel (“Ferienbeschäftigung”) is bound to a certain maximum age as for Au pair.

  6. What are German language skills A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2?

    These are qualification levels of language use according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. As a rule, you must prove your language skills by means of certificates, testimonials or examinations before being hired or during your professional activity. We will advise you on all these issues during the application process.

  7. Which documents do I need if I want to look for a job in Germany for foreigners?

    Many applicants ask which “documents” they need for an application. Our answer: Only a current proof that you can communicate freely in German (language level B1). In connection with your vocational degree or university degree, these are all the documents that you initially need for our 100% legal placement. In case you will need additional documents during the application process you will be notified.

  8. Which documents are important for an application in Germany?

    The central document is your CV. We strongly advice to use the Europass format when writing your CV. Also of high importance are your language certificates and all your final diploma from school, professional school, university etc.

  9. Which CV format should I use for Germany? strongly advises to use the Europass template. First this template is widely known in Germany and helps employers to quickly find the information they need. Secondly the template asks applicants about all necessary information: So applicants do not miss important information. Thirdly applicants do not have any challenges with formatting or designing the CV using this template. You will find the template at

Our answers to frequently asked questions on the topic ‘How can I find work in Germany?’

Who can apply for a job in Germany?

For citizens of non-EU-countries the two most important criteria are German language skills and level of qualification. With a B1 command of German there are many opportunities, e.g. apprenticeships.

If you have finished studies or a professional education abroad there are good chances to directly get a job in Germany. We expect these critieria to change over the next months. So please subscribe to our free newsletter on jobs in Germany to stay informed about upcoming developments.

I do not speak German. How can I find work in Germany without German?

As an EU citizen you do not German skills as a legal basis for migration and work in Germany. Non-EU-citizens do need a proof of German skills unless they apply for positions demanding highest qualifications as scientists, IT-specialists, or MDs (Blue Card jobs).

If you are from a Non-EU-country and if you do not speak German there are nevertheless some options, e.g. a Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr or an Au pair position in Germany which often require basic skills in German only.

Can I first apply for a job and only after this learn German?

Learning German up to a communicative level takes at least 5 months in full time. Therefore it is usually not possible to apply for a job first and then learn German. Even employers doing long-term recruitment do not keep a vacancy unfilled for more than 2-3 months and employers usually do not give a guarantee for a job to be filled only after some months. Economy is moving too fast and is to unpredictable to do otherwise.

Can I work in Germany with English language skills only?

Without German language skills you may start to work in IT business in Germany or any other highly qualified position with an EU Blue Card. If you are a career starter having no or low German skills you may also start as an Au pair, in an FSJ program, or with a temporary student job (work and travel). You may also start to study an English-run subject in Germany, work in parallel to your studies a certain amount of hours per week, and take over a full position in Germany as soon as you have finished your studies.

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