Work Permit

How can I start to work in Germany?

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You need a work permit before you can start to work in Germany. Whether or not you may be issued a work permit depends on your residence permit.

When and how can I work in Germany?

I have a residence permit

I do not (yet) have a residence permit

What is a priority test (Vorrangprüfung)?

If you have questions regarding the recognition of your professional or academic degrees, read more in our chapter on Recognition of foreign certificates.


If you have been granted 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.