Applying for a residence permit for training and further education purposes
Regardless of your qualifications, you can obtain a residence permit to complete in-company vocational training or further education in Germany.
If you are a national of a non-EU or non-EEA country, you will need a residence permit for training purposes for in-company vocational training or further education in Germany.
The residence permit can be issued both for qualified vocational training and for vocational training that is not qualified.
Qualified vocational training exists if it is vocational training in a state-recognised or comparably regulated training occupation for which a training period of at least two years is specified in accordance with federal or state regulations. If these requirements are not met, it is not a qualified vocational training.
Continuing vocational training is understood.B to mean, for example, qualification measures, internships, practical phases following a course of study or trainee programmes.
The residence permit for the commencement of vocational training can be issued regardless of your previous qualification, so it is not linked to special school requirements. Whether trainees are suitable for training must be checked by the training company.
If you are aiming for qualified vocational training, you should usually be able to prove sufficient language skills (language level B1). You can provide suitable language certificates as proof. Alternatively, the training company can also confirm that your language skills are sufficient for the desired qualified vocational training. If you do not yet have the required language skills, you can attend a job-related German language course to prepare for your training. To do so, submit a confirmation of registration for the language course (see also "Further information"). The residence permit to be issued for qualified vocational training also includes attending the language course before the start of vocational training.
In principle, there are no requirements for language skills for the commencement of vocational training that is not qualified vocational training. As a rule, however, at least sufficient German language skills at level A2 will be required.
There are no requirements for language skills for the commencement of in-company further training.
If you want to attend a language course in advance of vocational training that is not qualified vocational training or before further training, you must first apply for a residence permit to participate in a language course and then a residence permit for training and further education purposes.
In principle, you must prove that your livelihood is secure for the entire duration of the training or further education. Among other things, the Foreigners' Registration Office will use your training or further education contract for the examination.
During qualified vocational training, you are entitled to work up to ten hours a week that is independent of your vocational training. Gainful employment in addition to vocational training that is not qualified or in-company further training is not permitted. Self-employment is not permitted in any case.
You can apply for vocational training allowance for the duration of your training or further education.
The residence permit can only be issued if the Federal Employment Agency has given its consent. This checks the employment requirements (e.B. the training or further education contract).
The residence permit is issued for a limited period of time. As a rule, their validity depends on the total time of training or further education.
Under certain circumstances, you may be obliged to participate in an integration course by the Foreigners' Registration Office when you issue your residence permit. This will then be noted on your residence permit.
If you have not yet reached the age of 18, a person entitled to your personal care must agree to the planned stay for the purpose of in-company training or further education.
After successful completion of qualified vocational training, your residence permit for the search for a job can be extended for up to twelve months.
If your qualified vocational training or further education is terminated prematurely for reasons for which you are not responsible, you can in principle be given the opportunity to look for another training place for a period of up to six months.
During the validity of a residence permit for in-company training and further education, it is generally possible to switch to another qualified vocational training. Likewise, if you meet the necessary requirements, you can apply to the Foreigners' Registration Office to obtain a residence permit for employment as a specialist, for the exercise of employment with pronounced practical professional knowledge, for a course of study or other purposes to which you have a legal right (change of purpose).
Training and further education companies that wish to train or further train a person from abroad can apply to the Foreigners' Registration Office for the accelerated skilled worker procedure under the authority of the foreigner, which can facilitate and accelerate the entry of skilled workers (see "Further information").
- Valid passport
- Current biometric photo
- Proof of your health insurance
- Training or further education contract
- Approval of the Federal Employment Agency
- In the case of qualified vocational training: Proof of language skills (e.B. through language certificates)
- Proof that your livelihood is secured (including rental agreement)
- Consent of the person entitled to custody for the planned stay if you have not yet reached the age of 18
- In addition,
- in the case of recent entry:
- Visa if required for entry
as well as in the case of a previous stay:
- Current residence permit
Further documents are required for the implementation of the accelerated specialist procedure. Please contact the competent immigration authority for this purpose.
- Online procedure possible in isolated cases
- Written form required: yes
- Personal appearance required: yes
- You have a recognised and valid passport or passport substitute and, if necessary for entry, a visa for the purposes of entry.
- There is no interest in expulsion against you.
- Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- Your livelihood is secured.
- When starting a qualified vocational training, you can prove the required language skills.
- The approval of the Federal Employment Agency has been obtained.
§ 16a Abs. 1 AufenthG
Before entering Germany, you usually have to apply for a national visa for Germany in your home country. After your entry, you must then apply for a residence permit.
The residence permit must be applied for at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence before your visa expires.
The procedure is as follows:
- Depending on the immigration office and concerns, an application may be possible via the Internet. Find out whether your immigration office offers the electronic application.
In the event of an electronic application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you upon receipt of your application in order to make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. During the appointment, your certificates will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment in the original).
- If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the Foreigners' Registration Office. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your proofs will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment in the original).
- If the approval of the Federal Employment Agency is required, the Foreigners' Registration Office usually obtains it in an internal administrative procedure.
- You will then receive either the requested residence permit or a rejection notice.
- The residence permit is issued for a limited period of time and is only valid for this purpose of residence.
- If the purpose of your stay changes, you must inform the competent immigration authority immediately.
- The residence permit is issued in credit card format with additional electronic functions (eAT card). Your fingerprints will be taken at the Foreigners' Registration Office for the production. You must also provide a signature.
- After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT card at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In principle, the collection must be made in person.
- There are fees for issuing the residence permit and issuing the eAT card. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority.
- You must apply for its extension in good time before the expiry of the period of validity of your residence permit.
In order to carry out the accelerated skilled worker procedure, the training and further education company turns to the immigration authority responsible for the place of training or further education. Under certain circumstances, a central office has been set up in your federal state for the implementation of the procedure.
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