Working as a Craftsperson in Germany

Requirements and Documents for a Successful Work Permit

If you are a craftsman from a third country looking to work in Germany, there are certain requirements to fulfill and documents to submit. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to pursue your professional goals in Germany.

There are several fundamental requirements you need to meet:

  1. Professional Qualifications: It is essential to possess a recognized professional qualification in the craft field that aligns with German standards. In some cases, an equivalency assessment may be required to ensure the recognition of your qualifications.
  2. Language Skills: To thrive as a craftsman in Germany, you typically need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the German language. This is necessary for effective communication in the workplace. Language tests such as TestDaF or the Goethe Certificate can serve as proof.
  3. Job Offer: You must have a concrete job contract or a job offer from a German employer. The employer must demonstrate that there are no suitable German or EU applicants for the position and that your employment is in the public interest.

When applying for a work visa, the following documents are crucial:

  1. Passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for the intended duration of your stay in Germany.
  2. Employment Contract: You should be able to provide a valid employment contract or a job offer from a German employer.
  3. Qualification Certificates: It is essential to provide evidence of your professional qualifications and degrees. Certified copies and potential recognition of your qualifications may be required.
  4. Language Proficiency Proof: Depending on your profession and requirements, you may need to demonstrate your German language skills through language certificates or tests.
  5. Financial Proof: You should be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself in Germany, especially during the initial phase.

Please note that the specific requirements and procedures can vary depending on individual circumstances, profession, and nationality. For detailed and up-to-date information, we recommend consulting the official sources.

At MTG Move to Germany, we are here to assist you throughout the entire process of visa application, job search, accommodation, and integration in Germany. We offer tailored solutions to make your relocation to Germany as smooth as possible.

Minimum Salary for Employees Over 45 Years of Age

If an applicant for a work visa is over 45 years old and is visiting Germany for the purpose of employment for the first time, they must earn a gross annual salary of at least €46,530 (in 2022) with the intended job in Germany or provide proof of an adequate pension.

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