Residence permit for the purpose of training Is granted for the purpose of taking an examination for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

You can obtain a residence permit to take an exam required for recognition if you meet certain conditions

If your foreign professional qualification cannot yet be recognised in Germany and only requires an examination for recognition, then you can obtain a residence permit for the examination alone.

The concept of examination covers examinations necessary to establish the equivalence of the foreign professional qualification with a national professional qualification and in a profession regulated in Germany for the grant of the right to practise or for the granting of the power to hold a professional title. This includes language and technical examinations. It is also possible to take several tests.

If you are to attend an examination preparation course before taking the exam, you can obtain a residence permit for the implementation of a qualification measure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

You must prove your language skills to the immigration authorities if the proof of language skills is not the subject of your examination.

The residence permit for taking an examination for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification does not entitle you to work.

The residence permit for the examination for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification is a temporary residence permit. it is granted for the duration of the examination procedure. This covers the period from the examination to the publication of the examination or the issue of a decision of the competent authority which concludes the procedure.

  • Valid passport
  • Current biometric photo
  • Visa, where necessary
  • Proof of livelihood (e.g. scholarship, blocked account, commitment)
  • Lease
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Deficit decision of the recognition body
  • Ggfls. Proof of language skills (certificate)
  • Forms: Forms are received from your immigration authority, if necessary they are also offered online
  • Online procedure possible in some cases
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes


  • You have a recognised and valid passport or passport replacement and, if necessary for entry- a suitable visa.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your foreign professional qualification cannot yet be fully recognised in Germany.
  • The recognition of foreign professional qualifications still requires an examination.
  • They have German language skills which correspond to the examination to be taken, but usually at least a speaking knowledge at level A2.
  • Your stay does not endanger or affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance cover without claiming public benefits.

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  • Section 16d paragraph 5 Residence Act:

The residence permit must be applied for with the immigration authority responsible for your residence. The procedure is as follows:

  • Depending on the immigration authority and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out if your immigration authority offers the electronic application for a residence permit.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the immigration authority. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your evidence will be checked (bring it with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • In the event of an electronic application, the immigration authority will contact you after receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the immigration office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • If your request is met, the immigration authority will arrange for the eAT card to be produced.
  • After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT card from the immigration office.
  • The eAT card must always be taken up in person.
  • Fees apply for the issue of the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority.

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