Work Permit

How can I start to work in Germany?

The decisive factor in determining whether you can work in Germany is your residency status. As a matter of principle, you are not allowed to work for the first three months after your arrival, unless you are already recognized as asylum seeker. You can also find detailed information on the topic at the website of the BAMF (in German, English, Russian and Turkish).

When and how can I work in Germany?

When can I choose my job freely?

Can I work without a residence permit?

Will my qualifications be recognised?

How can I find a job?

What is the priority test?

When am I not permitted to work?


If you received political asylum, refugee protection or subsidiary protection, you are usually allowed to work without restrictions. If you are under suspension of deportation, the Immigration Office ("Ausländerbehörde") will decide whether you receive a work permit or not.