Visa for Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Can I obtain a visa to attend qualification programmes in Germany?

Recognition of foreign qualifications enables those who have completed their training abroad to work in their profession in Germany. The recognition process takes place at the so-called "recognition offices "("Anerkennungsstelle"). Occasionally, however, foreign qualifications do not meet all the necessary criteria for full recognition. When that is the case, you can attend a qualification programme in Germany, such as a technical training course or a job-related German course, and then have your qualification fully recognised. To participate in such a programme, you need a "visa (or residence permit) for recognition of foreign professional qualifications" per Section 16d of the Residence Act.

What do I need to know?

Can I obtain a visa to have my professional qualifications recognised?

Where can I submit my foreign professional qualification for recognition?

Where do I apply for a visa?

What documents do I need for a visa/residence permit?

What happens after entering the country?

Can I work alongside the qualification programme?

What happens after the completion of the qualification programme?


You can learn more about recognition in our chapter “Recognition of foreign professional qualifications”. To find out more about job hunting, check out our chapter “Job Hunting and Application”.