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Visa for recognition of foreign qualifications

13.02.2024 - Article

If you have applied for recognition of your professional qualification and this was turned down due to the fact that you lack some qualification, you can apply for a Visa to go to Germany and undertake the necessary qualifications.
Once you have completed your further education and your training has been fully recognized, you can then apply for permanent residence in Germany.
Please note that there are university degrees that are considered vocational training in Germany.

General Information

If you have applied for recognition of your professional qualification and this was turned down due to the fact that you lack some qualification, you can apply for a Visa to go to Germany and undertake the necessary qualifications.
Once you have completed your further education and your training has been fully recognized, you can then apply for permanent residence in Germany.

Please note that there are university degrees that are considered vocational training in Germany.

The official website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

  • The competent authority for the recognition procedure in Germany determined by way of an assessment notice that you are missing certain theoretical and/or practical skills required to fully recognise your qualifications.
  • You have successfully registered for a relevant qualification programme. If you are required to take company training courses, the company in question needs to put forward a training plan outlining the measures to be taken to make up for the deficits identified by the competent authority. Moreover, the training plan must also indicate the salary the company will pay you over the course of the practical training courses. In such cases, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) must approve of the qualification programme.
  • Generally speaking, you must possess German language skills at a minimum level of A2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • You can provide proof of your living costs being covered for the duration of your stay. You can prove this in the form of a blocked account (in principle at least €1,027 per month, amount valid for the year 2023) or a formal letter of obligation.
  • If you are looking to work in an unregulated profession, you can make up for the identified deficits by obtaining employment as a skilled worker in your intended profession (Section 16d (3) Residence Act - AufenthG). For this purpose, additional requirements must be met:
  • You must have an actual job offer.
  • The competent authority determined by way of an assessment notice that you require predominantly practical skills to be able to receive full recognition.
  • A training plan detailing how the major differences are to be balanced out.
  • Your future employer must ensure by way of a work contract that they will support you in obtaining the required professional recognition during your stay in Germany.

Required Documents

To apply, you will need the following original documents plus one set of copies to present at your appointment at the Embassy. We highly recommend to use the information sheet as a checklist and bring it as a print out for your appointment. Please pay attention that all Tanzanian documents issued by an authority of the state needs to be Legalizations

Please sort the individual sets in the order listed below.
Information Sheet

In your application form (VIDEX) you enter all the information about your entry and your stay in Germany. You must complete this form and print it out once, sign and date it.

If you are a minor, your legal representatives must sign the application and declare their consent.

To the form

A recent biometric photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background)

Information on biometric photos can be found here

Your passport must be signed and valid for at least one year from the date your visa is issued.
Please note that the document must still have at least two blank pages (if the decision is positive, your visa will be affixed here later).

Do you not have Tanzanian citizenship?

If you are not a Tanzanian citizen, please provide us with your Tanzanian residence permit.

Proof of your residence in Tanzania can be, for example, a copy of your electricity bill, water bill or gas bill.or a rent contract.

For non- Tanzanian nationals: Tanzanian residence permit

Employers in Germany can apply for pre-approval from the ZAV (International Placement Services) before applying for a visa in Germany. If you have this document, please submit it.

Further information can be found here.

Please have this form together with the supplementary sheet A completed by your future employer. The information on the job description must indicate the planned activity! It is also helpful to additionally include the work contract.

Form: download here and supplementary sheet A

Only language certificates from ALTE-certified providers will be accepted.

As a rule at least A2, while in the care and health sector at least B1

If a German course is planned as part of the qualification measure: Confirmation of registration from the language school stating the number of hours per week of the booked course (intensive course with at least 18 hours per week) and confirmation of payment of the course fee.

If stated in the deficit notification: registration for assessment text and where applicable registration for preparatory course for the assessment test

Persons with statutory health insurance cover are adequately insured from the first day of work. Please provide proof of your statutory insurance cover.
If you arrive before the statutory health insurance cover begins, you must take out appropriate supplementary insurance.
If a long or permanent stay is planned, some travel health insurance policies may exclude insurance cover in their terms and conditions. This restriction may also apply to an “incoming” insurance policy, so please ensure that your supplementary insurance policy provides adequate cover. Further information here.

If you do not have prior pre-approval by the ZAV, please also submit it:

Notification by the German agency responsible for recognition of vocational qualifications on the need for adjustment or compensatory measures to establish the equivalence of the vocational qualification or to issue a work permit (original and one copy)

More information on recognition: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de

Proof of qualification, for example, diplomas, certificates and proof of completion (original and one copy). Tanzanian documents need to be legalized, documents not in Englisch or German need to be accompanied by an official translation.

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide us with your CV in English or German. Please use the Europass format.

Information on the Europass format: Europass.

In certain cases, additional documents may be required.

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow six to eight weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad).

Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.

Fees

Appointments

Appointments are made via an online system. It is not possible to make an appointment by telephone. You can find all information here

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