Germany

Germany has introduced the Germany Job Seeker Visa for foreign nationals who wish to travel to Germany and look for a suitable job for themselves.

Germany is currently facing a shortage of skilled workers across multiple sectors and professions. Germans are actively looking for aspirants from professional profiles, health specialists, scientists, engineers, and IT professionals.

With a mere 7% unemployment rate, there is the immense scope and massive career development opportunities for the ambitious, skilled workers who can meet the requirements and help overcome the resource shortage in Germany.

German Job Seeker Visa

  • Germany Job Seeker Visa is a long residency permit that allows foreign job seekers to stay in Germany and look for a job.
  • These foreign nationals can extend their stay to up to 6 months. During the visit, the candidate can meet and network with potential employers to find a suitable job.
  • The job seeker visa is not a work permit. A candidate on a job seeker visa can-not begins working until and unless he/she receives a work visa. It is only after the work visa that the candidate can live and work in Germany.
  • If the job seeker gets an employment offer from Germany during his/her 6-month stay, he/she is granted the work permit or work visa from Germany itself. In most cases, the employer sponsors the work visa. Also, the validity of the work visa depends upon the employer.

Benefits of  Job Seeker Visa

  • Even though the German Job Seeker Visa does not allow the candidate to work in Germany, it offers a handful of other benefits to the candidate. Let us throw some light on them here :
  • It is relatively a faster process as all German Job Seeker Visa applications are processed in less than 6 months
  • This visa makes it simpler for the candidates to secure a work permit
  • Once the candidate gets an employment offer, he/she can apply for a blue-card from there itself
  • Once the applicant completes 5 years of working on the German Work Visa, he/she is eligible to apply for permanent residency of Germany

Steps to apply for a Job Seeker Visa

Applying for the German Job Seeker Visa is a hassle-free process. The candidate just needs to follow a few simple steps as detailed below:

  1. The candidate must check the eligibility criteria for the German Job Seeker Visa
  2. Once found to be eligible, the candidate must compile all the documents needed to fill the application
  3. The applicant must then fill the application form and book the visa appointment

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for German job seeker visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Germany Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 Eligibility Requirements

There is not a point based system for eligibility to Job Seeker Visa but there certainly are a few prerequisites that the candidate must cross check before applying. Following is the eligibility criteria, the applicant must :

  • Possess a Master’s or a Bachelor’s Degree from a German university or an equivalent foreign degrees
  • Have at least relevent experience in the respective field of study
  • Be proficient in the English language. Proficiency in the German language can be an added benefit
  • Demonstrate possession of sufficient funds to finance his/her own stay in Germany for 6 months duration of the Job Seeker Visa
  • Possess travel and medical insurance cover for the entire stay in Germany
  • Possess enough fund to cover expenses for 6 months stay

 Documents for Application

A few documents are needed to be attached to the German Job Seeker Visa application for eligibility check and to ensure your application is accepted in the first attempt itself. To avoid rejection of the application, a candidate must ensure he/she has all the following documents:

  • A valid passport that has been issued in the past 10 years and has an expiry date of at least 12 months after your scheduled return
  • A copy of the passport’s data page
  • Three passport size photographs based on bio-metric specifications
  • A cover letter to explain the purpose of the visit that also details the steps to find employment opportunities in Germany and alternative career plans in case of a failure to find a job in Germany
  • Degrees and past work experience certificates
  • Detailed curriculum vitae i.e. CV
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of financial means to manage the cost of stay for the entire duration by showcasing either one of the following documents:
  • Formal letter by a sponsor staying in Germany
  • Bank account statement
  • Blocked bank account
  • Proof of personal status in the resident country, such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc
  • Proof of health insurance
  • For quicker processing times, each candidate must prepare two copies of the above mentioned documents and take them along to the application center.
  • The German consular may ask the applicant to showcase additional documents if required. Also, even if the applicant possesses all the desired documents, the consular officer still holds the decision to approve or refuse the candidate’s visa request.

Application form and Appointment

Once the candidate gathers all required documents, he/she must visit the German Embassy office and fill the application form for the German Job Seeker Visa. After submission, the candidate shall be invited for an interview. It is only after the document verification and interview session that the consular takes the final decision for your visa application.

Advantage

  • The biggest benefit is that you can come to Germany without having a job and look for one in Germany,
  • The maximum period allowed is 6 months, which means that if you do the necessary ground work, then this is more than enough time to find a job in Germany,
  • Once you find a job, the Job Seeker Visa can be easily converted into a German work permit or even Blue Card (if your salary offer is >53.6k Euros annually or >42.1 Lakh INR),
  • Having a Job Seeker Visa means that the employers will treat you as any other candidate they are interviewing, since your work eligibility in the country is already pre-determined,
  • If you find a job, then it means that you can plan and create a future for yourself in Germany and EU.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for German job seeker visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Germany Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

German Tourist/Visit visa

A Schengen Tourism / Visitor visa to Germany is a visa established by the Schengen states, which gives the opportunity to its holder to visit not only Germany, but also all of the 26 Schengen member countries. It is issued in the form of a sticker affixed to the passport of the traveler.

The Schengen visa for tourism purposes or visiting friends and family members, limits you to only traveling and sightseeing throughout the Schengen area.

Please note that with a Schengen visa you are not allowed to work or study, thus it is mandatory that you apply for a student visa or work visa (national visa), or other visa types according to your purpose of entry, if you wish to enter Germany for other than tourism.

Who needs a Tourism/Visitor Visa to Germany?

Depending on the rules and policies established by the Schengen states, whether you need a short-stay visa to Germany or not, it all depends on your nationality / citizenship. Therefore, before starting a visa application, or getting a flight to Germany, make sure to check whether you need a visa to Germany or not.

Visitors that do not need a visa to Germany

The travelers who do not need a visa to enter Germany for either sightseeing or visiting family members or friends, should belong to one of the following categories:

  • Citizens of the Schengen Area
  • Citizens of one of the countries that have established visa-free regime with the Schengen states*
  • Citizens of a third-world country that doesn’t have a visa-free regime with the Schengen states, but is currently in the Schengen Zone under a:
  • Schengen Visa valid for the whole Schengen territory
  • National Visa issued by one of the member states
  • Permanent residency of one of the member states

*Starting January 1, 2021, all travelers from this category will need to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards any of the Schengen member states, in order to be allowed to enter the territory.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for German visitor visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Germany Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

Visitors that need a visa to Germany

On the other hands, travelers will need to obtain a Schengen visa before traveling towards Germany if they are the citizens of third world countries that:

  • Do not have a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen member states
  • Have a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen countries but the traveler was rejected from entering visa-free by border guards

When can file your visa application?

The earliest you can file your Schengen visa application is at most six months before your intended trip towards Germany. Whereas, the latest you can do so, is two weeks prior to your trip to Germany.

However, you are highly recommended to apply for a tourist visa at least 3 weeks before your travel date in order to avoid any processing delays.

Visa fees for a Tourist/Visitor Visa

You will need to pay a visa fee in order for your application to be processed. The cost of a Schengen visa as of 2020 is €80. However, there are categories that are exempt from paying the visa fee or have to pay a reduced fee. Please note the visa fees will not be reimbursed in case of visa rejection and the price is subject to change at any time.

Visa Processing Time

The processing of short-stay visas to Germany takes around ten days to be processed. However, at times when the embassy is processing a lot of visa applications, tourism visas may take a bit longer, since business visas or others are treated with more priority. This is the main reason why you are suggested to file your application for a German tourism/visitor visa as soon as possible.

Tourist/Visitor Schengen Visa Validity

The longest time you can remain in Germany with a tourist Schengen visa is three months. However, the German embassy in your home country is the one that decides how many days you can spend in Germany, and within which dates. Please understand that there is a slight difference between visa validity and the duration of stay.

Visa validity is the first date you can enter the Schengen Area, and the last day you must leave. Whereas, duration of stay is the number of days you can spend in the Schengen, within the validity of your visa. Therefore, the validity of a visa has been always longer than the duration of stay. Do not violate the validity of your visa nor the duration of stay; otherwise you may face a ban or deportation.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for German visitor visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Germany Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.