Visa for Seeking Vocational Training

Can I come to Germany to search for a vocational training opportunity?

Participating in a vocational training programme in Germany can offer you many professional opportunities. Finding a vocational training position from abroad, however, could be quite a challenge. That is why according to §17 Residence Act, you can obtain a visa or residence permit to search for a training position in Germany.  This way, you can enter Germany with a residence permit and then look for a suitable training position on site. Here you can learn about the requirements you have to meet in order to obtain a visa or residence permit to search for a training spot.

What do I need to know?

Can I obtain a visa to look for a training position?

Where can I apply for the visa?

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

What happens after entering the country?

What happens if I cannot find a vocational training position?

Important

You can learn more about vocational training in Germany in our chapters "School-based training" and "Dual Vocational training". You can find out more about job seeking in our chapter "Job Hunting and Application".