Applying for a residence permit extension to look for a job according to the professional recognition procedure

After successful determination of the equivalence of your foreign professional qualification or receipt of the professional practice permit in Germany, your residence permit for job search can be extended for a maximum of 12 months.

If you have successfully established the equivalence of a foreign professional qualification or have obtained the professional training permit, you can be granted a temporary residence permit to look for a job.

The residence permit will be issued to you directly after your previous recognition procedure. An extension of the residence permit is only possible if the maximum period has not been exhausted when it was first issued. If you cannot find a job during this time, an extension of the residence permit is not possible even then. You are then obliged to leave Germany.

This residence permit allows gainful employment without restriction.

  • Valid National Pass
  • Proof of secure livelihood (e.g. employment contract and payslips, bank statements, submission of a declaration of commitment by third parties)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of qualification (certificate of completion, certificate or attestation of your training company or educational institution about the successful completion of an apprenticeship
  • 1 current biometric photo
  • Please ask the immigration authority responsible for you whether you need to submit further documents.
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes
  • Written form required: no

Preconditions

You are already in possession of a residence permit for the purpose of looking for a job after a successful recognition procedure of your foreign professional qualification in Germany, the maximum period of which of 12 months has not yet been exhausted.

Other general conditions for granting a residence permit are in particular:

  • a secure livelihood,
  • a clarified identity,
  • Possession of a valid national passport.

§ 20 paragraph 3 no. 4 and paragraph 4 sentence 2 of the Act on the Residence, Employment and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory (Residence Act AufenthG).

§ 8 paragraph 1 AufenthG.

Related Links

  • Act on the Residence, Employment and Integration of Foreigners in The Federal Territory (Residence Act - AufenthG) § 8 Extension of the residence permit
  • Act on the Residence, Employment and Integration of Foreigners in The Federal Territory (Residence Act - AufenthG) § 20 Job Search for Skilled Workers

You can only apply for a residence permit in person at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence.

  • You submit the required documents in the original and pay the application fee.
  • The Foreigners' Registration Office checks whether the conditions for grant are met.
  • If all requirements are met, the Foreigners' Registration Office will record your biometric data (photo, fingerprints) and order the electronic residence permit (eAT) from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • As soon as the eAT is completed, it will be handed over to you by the Foreigners' Registration Office.

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Last update or date of publication
20.11.2020