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Mobility, some ways to explore Germany

Germany is very well known throughout the world as a country of cars. But you can easily travel by plane, bus, train or bicycle as well, we are thankful to our well-developed network of airports, roads, railways and bike paths. The next section explains how you can travel in Germany and abroad using your preferred means of transport.

See Also: Life in Germany, a place where you feel at home

Is your driving licence valid in Germany?

Citizens of the EU, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway: Hop in and go, it’s that simple. Your driving licence is valid in Germany, just as it is in your home country. There will be no need to have it converted to a German licence.

Citizens of other countries: You can drive for six months with your entitled driving licence, starting with the day you register your residence in Germany. But, at the end of that period, you would need a German licence. Whether or not you will have to take a test depends on the country where you obtained your own driving licence.

Registering and testing your car

All cars in Germany need to be registered, you can find and do this at the nearest car registration office. You will need your vehicle title, evidence that the car belongs to you, and your motor vehicle insurance policy.

If you are bringing a car with you from another country, go and find out from the car registration office what additional documents are required.

After they are registered, all cars in Germany have to pass a general inspection. This means that a mechanic must confirm that your car is safe and meets the official issue standards. A vehicle inspection sticker will then be affixed to your car’s number panel. The general inspection can be performed by an authorised workshop near you, for example. Inspections have to be repeated at regular intervals. There is a charge for both the general inspection and for registering your vehicle.

Just note that in many German cities, low-emission zones have been created to reduce the quantities of particulates and nitrogen dioxide in the air.

If you want to drive into one of the these low-emission zones, you need a sticker, Umweltplakette, showing that your car has sufficiently low emissions. This can be obtained for a fee from the licensing authority or other trusted agencies.

Driving in Germany

Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Germany. The speed limit in the most cities is generally 50 kilometres per hour, 30 in some areas. The limit is usually 100 kilometres per hour on the country roads. Unless signalled otherwise, there is no general speed limit on motorways, but a limit of 130 kilometres per hour is simply recommended. However, there are also special limits on certain portions of the motorways, particularly on heavily or dangerous travelled sections.

You should always have your driving licence and vehicle registration with you while driving, because you may need to show them to the police if you are stopped.

There are often specially made parking spaces for disabled people. These are located in key positions in car parks. Women will also often find specially designated parking spaces for them in multi-storey and underground car parks. These are usually under the video surveillance, making them safer.

More and more people in Germany are making use of car-sharing. If you want to be able to make use of these services, you have to register with a car-sharing service provider. After than, you can simply hire a car at short notice. Car-sharing can be worthwhile if you drive only a few kilometres per year but still want to be somehow mobile. There are a variety of car-share service providers in numerous cities and towns (vehicle manufacturers or independent providers) with different concepts and vehicle fleets.

Riding a bicycle

Germany has a very dense network of bike paths. Remember that you are subject to the same rules and penalties when biking as when driving a car. That’s why It is important to make sure that your bicycle is in proper condition (especially its lights) and to accept the rules of the road when riding your bike.

Travelling by bus or train

Public transport is a comfortable option for travel in and between cities. The public system includes buses, trams and the underground, as well as the fast trains run by German Railways and its competitors.

  • Buses, trams and the underground: Within easy reach of your home, you will find a stop where a bus, train or underground departs several times an hour during the day, in large cities every 10 or 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from a machine at the stop, from the driver or at a sales outlet of the transport organization that operates the buses or trains. If you use public transport regularly, it is a great idea to purchase a weekly, monthly or annual ticket. The longer the ticket’s validity, the lower the price for each trip.There are lower prices for children. Certain groups, such as students or the disabled, receive a discount upon giving their identification. Many transport associations have special offers for senior citizens.
  • Travelling by train: Trains are a great option when travelling to other cities in Germany or abroad. German Railways, formerly a state-owned organization, is the primary provider. It owns all of Germany’s rail network and leases certain routes to regional competitors. All kind of train tickets can be purchased at a ticket counter, from a German Railways machine at the train station or on the German official Railways website. Trains are a comfortable and rapid means of transport in Germany; on some segments some of the long-distance trains reach speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.
  • International bus lines: Buses are another great option for travel from Germany to other parts of Europe. International bus lines stops in every big city, at least at the main train station.

Another possibility is air travel

If you need to travel fast from one part of Germany to another, or to another country, a plane is a good alternative to a train or car. Depending on the distance, international and national  flights may be available for less than 100 euros if you book far enough in advance.

See Also: Work Contract, one more step before Germany

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Integration courses in Germany, and where to learn German?

You’ve successfully begun your first week at your new work in Germany. The baker down the street even knows what kind of rolls and coffee you like for breakfast. Now you’d like to discuss politics with your colleagues at lunch. Or you want to know more about the German customs – what people eat for supper, for example, or the tradition of taking a walk on Sunday. This is what the integration courses are all about. Not only will you learn German or improve your German; you and other newcomers will learn more about German, life and work in Germany and its citizens, traditions, history and much more. In addition, you will be able to make new friends.

What is an integration course?

Integration courses in Germany consist of a language and an orientation component. They cover everyday topics such as the workplace, shopping, television and radio. Participants could learn about dealing with administrative offices, writing emails and letters, and interviewing for a new job in Germany. You will also learn more about Germany as a country, from a number of perspectives: politics and culture, how people live and interact in Germany, and the values on which German society is based. The language learning course usually consists of 600 hours of instruction, the orientation course takes 60 hours. There are special courses for parents, women, young adults up to the age of 27 and other groups. At the end of each course, all participants should take a final examination, free of charge.

Who can participate in an integration course?

German integration courses are intended for anyone who has recently arrived in Germany and whose German language skills are not yet enough for dealing with the demands of everyday life. Whether you may take an integration course or, in some other cases, are required to do so, depends on your country of origin and your level of fluency. The most important guidelines are these:

If you are a citizen of the EU, you are welcome to participate in an integration course if you want to learn the German language or improve your German, provided that a place is available. You are not required to do so.

Non-EU citizens, they are also allowed to take courses. If your German is not yet particularly good, maybe, under some circumstances, be required to take a course. Are you employed and unable to take a full- or part-time course? You may be free from participating. Upon issuing your residence permit, the foreigners’ registration office would let you know whether you are allowed or required to take an integration course. Special rules apply to German citizens and to ethnic German immigrants.

The website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees contains an overview of the relevant rules.

Just note that you are normally required to pay only 1.20 euros per hour of instruction – the remainder is covered by the Federal Office for Refugees and Migration.

How to find an integration course

  • As a non-EU citizen, you can go to your local foreigners’ registration office, which will issue you a certificate allowing (Berechtigungsschein) you to participate in an German integration course.
  • EU citizens should contact the to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to apply to become a place in an integration course.
  • The next step is to find a course provider (Kurstraeger). The foreigners’ one of the registration offices or the migration advisory centre will help you. You can also search using WebGIS, the online information portal of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
  • When you have found a provider in your area, make contact both in person or by telephone. The provider will help you to select an appropriate integration course and let you know when it is ready to begin.

Benefits for you

Regular instruction from well-trained teachers will help you to become fluent in German quickly, and you will soon feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Taking the final examination offers and additional advantages: after passing the test, you will be issued an Integration Course Certificate. This may allows you to claim naturalisation after you have lived in Germany for seven years, rather than the usual eight.

There is another advantage: If you pass the final examination within two years of being accepted into the course, and the half of the course fee will be refunded to you.

What else to learn German

In addition to integration courses, there are other courses available as well:

„Deutsch für den Beruf“ (German for the workplace). This course is for people whose need a German language improvement and who are either looking for a job or interested in further training in their current jobs in Germany. In addition to providing typical language instruction, the course may help you practice your interviewing skills or you can learn more about a specific subject that is relevant to your job. There is also a practical component which offers insight into working life through internships and visits to businesses. These courses are tailored to your own degree of fluency and specialised skills. Detailed information about this course can be found here.

The courses for your children are available as well, as German classes are offered for people of every age. Some of the classes are tailored to the interests and language skills of children and young people. This is very important: When the young children begin learning German immediately, it is easier for them to adapt to their new environment, make some new friends and start to feel at home in Germany. Further details are available here.

In some other cases employers provide language coaches or contribute to the cost of a language course – just ask your boss or supervisor.

See Also: Life in Germany, find a place where you would feel at home

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Life in Germany, find a place where you would feel at home

Life in Germany offers a wide range of high-quality rental housing. Many Germans prefer to rent rather than to buy a home. In this section we explain how you can find a place to live and what you need to keep in mind, both before and after moving in.

See Also: Get your Qualifications Recognised in Germany

Your first accommodation

There are a variety of options of your first few weeks in Germany, before you have found permanent housing: A hotel room costs an average of about ninety euros per night. You should expect to pay roughly 500 to 1,200 euros per month for a temporary, furnished two- or three- or four room flat, depending on its location. Youth hostels usually charge between 20 and 30 euros per night. There are also options of using online portals to rent a room from a German family, which has the added benefit of helping you to make contact to local residents.

The next step: To buy or to rent?

In contrast to many other countries, most Germans rent their homes – for a good reason: There is an abundance of high-quality rental housing in every location and the price range, from small flats to villas with gardens. These rental properties are often in excellent condition and equivalent to the owner occupied apartments in terms of quality. In addition, renters are protected by law against violent increases in rent, and landlords are not allowed to terminate a lease without cause.

House and flat shares

House and flat shares, which are called Wohngemeinschaften, or “WG”, in German, are good alternatives for people who want to make some friends quickly and save money on the rent. Usually in this kind of shared accommodation, each person has their own private room in the apartment. In most “WGs”, the kitchen and bathroom are shared, as are electricity and the rent, Internet and phone costs. The kitchen or shared living room tend to be the heart of a WG. There, you could cook together or sit and chat. If you want to be alone, you can simply shut the door of your own room behind you.

Life n Germany, house and flat shares aren’t only for students. Trainees and working professionals also live in shared accommodation, especially if they’re new to the town or like the conviviality of living together. There are a lot of such WGs, especially in larger cities.

Students often find a house or flat shares on their student union Web sites or university notice boards. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) also offers numerous tips on how to search for your accommodation.

The Aachen student union, for example, has compiled a list of links to “WG-Börsen” Web sites with offers of apartments and flat shares all over Germany – of course, these are also open to working professionals. On sites like these, you can either search for a house or flat share in the town where you are, or post an ad yourself.

Looking for housing in Germany

Whether you want to rent or buy: Information about available housing could be found in the advertising section of the newspapers and on real estate websites, which is where most flats and houses are listed today. Demand and housing supply depend to a large degree on the respective region. In rural areas, buyers or renters tend to have their pick of what is available, but in larger cities owners can usually choose from multiple offers. Finding housing could be time-consuming, particularly in the metropolitan areas surrounding Munich and Frankfurt. In those areas it can be wise to consult a real estate agent. Realtors are not permitted to charge more than three months’ rent as a committee for their services. Furthermore you only have to pay a commission if you are the one who requested the agent for the search. If you only contact the agent due to a real estate ad, you do not have to pay any commission under German law.

As in other countries, costs of a rental unit varies greatly by region. Rent and ancillary costs such as heating, gas and water will cost you about 14 euros per square metre in large cities. The average cost in small towns and rural areas are between eight and ten euros per square metre.


German lease agreements must be concluded in writing. In most of all cases, the lease specifies the rent amount exclusive of heating. There is usually an additional charge for ancillary costs, which are paid to the landlord each month along with the base rent. What is considered an ancillary cost may vary from the one lease to another. Electricity, gas and water are often included, but not always. Before signing a lease, it is therefore very important to ask the landlord what the ancillary costs include and what other charges you may incur.

A successful move to Germany

Registering with the power and water utilities. If your landlord does not take care of electricity, gas or water, you will have to make your own arrangements with a provider. Your landlord will probably be able to giving you a contact information for your regional provider.

Arranging for telephone, Internet and (cable) television service provider. Germany has a variety of telecommunications service providers. It pays comparing them, and online portals can be helpful. Many of the providers offer discounted packages that include both Internet service and telephone. There are also options tailored to mobile use, for example using UMTS technology (3G). A tip: Since it may take some several weeks for your telephone and Internet to be connected, it is a good idea to contact a provider before you’ll be able to move in, if possible.

Fees for television and radio. Life in Germany, fees are charged for television, radio and Internet use. If you use these media, you are required to register with the German licensing office, which name is Gebühreneinzugszentrale or GEZ. This can be done either online or using the registration forms that are available at the most post offices and banks.

Put your name on your mailbox and doorbell (if your landlord has not already done so). The mail will not be delivered unless your name is on your mailbox. There is no need to register with the post office.

Change of the address order. Don’t forget to have your mail forwarded from your home country to your new home. And if you know go away for an extended period, you can ask the German post office to forward your mail, even abroad.

Your registering with the local authorities

Anyone who lives in Germany is required to register with the local authorities. You have to do this no later than five work-days after moving in. To do so, you need a valid identity document. In case you are renting, you may need to give the name of your landlord. The address of the responsible registry office can be found on the official website of your new city.

Getting off to a good start

To make sure that you feel like at home in your flat and your neighbourhood, we have compiled a few helpful hints:

Introduce yourself. When you have settled in a bit, you could introduce yourself to your neighbours – this is not required, of course, but it is a way of getting to know some people quickly and lets you know who your neighbours are.

Quiet hours. In general, noise is forbidden between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. so that everyone can get a good night’s sleep. This means keeping music at a lowest possible volume and avoiding things like running your washing machine during those hours.

Pets. Under the law, you are allowed to keep some kind of small animals that are normally in cages, aquariums or terrariums. In the case of larger animals, such as cats and dogs, you need to obtain advance permission from your landlord. Whether a pet is large or small: If you just want to get along with your landlord, make sure to give advance notice of any pet you want to bring it up to your home.

Cleaning responsibilities. Almost every German state has agreements specifying which tenant is responsible for cleaning the walkway or hallway the in front of the building. But don’t worry – what may seem to be an annoying work can quickly turn into a weekly opportunity to chat with your neighbours!

Tap water in Germany is carefully inspected, so it is normally perfectly comfortable for drinking and cooking. In old buildings with old pipes, however, you should have the water tested.

Separating trash. Did you know? We Germans are the undisputed world champions in separating waste materials. With our yellow, blue, green and black containers, we collect, separate and sort our waste materials for recycling, which it benefits the environment.

See Also: Visa, your ticket to work in Germany


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Nice to know before using Edayn’s Job Board

4 Tips You Should Understand Before You Use Edayn to Search for Jobs in Germany

If you’re an expat searching for jobs in Germany, there is a reason to smile. Provided you are well qualified with either a vocational qualification or a degree, can speak at least some German and have work experience, then you stand a chance of finding jobs in Germany, especially for some assorted sectors. The economy of Germany is the fifth largest in the world and the largest in Europe, so it has plenty of both casual & skilled jobs. Here is all you need to know before you get started on your Search for Jobs in Germany with Edayn.

Edayn is a German based, job search platform that leads the users to find a job in Germany on their own language. The users can simply fill out their Resume and apply with just one click. If you are looking for a job in Germany as a foreigner, here is your right place.

See Also: Visa, your Ticket to work in Germany

The Germany Job Market

Germany has the lowest unemployment rate in EU at 6.4% and in southern part of the country the unemployment rate is momentously lower. The German Federal Institution for Population study shows that a third of the non – EU migrants living in Germany found work in twelve months.

Jobs Available In Germany

There is a considerable shortage of professional workers in Germany. This includes qualified hospital doctors, IT specialists, mathematicians, scientists and engineers (building, electrical, automotive and mechanical). Workers with simply vocational qualifications are in demand in various fields. With increasingly older population, workers in nursing, health and generic professions are additionally, in short supply. Hospitality, casual work and English teaching jobs are available.

Germany Work Management Culture and Environment

There is a minimum of eighteen days holiday and an average of 38 working hours a week for every year. The Germany organizational culture has a strong management, which is hierarchical. Germans make decisions based on hard facts and work on carefully planned tasks. Meetings are efficient and orderly and follow a strict schedule and agenda. Normally, discussions are held to reach compliance & a final decision is always made. People are very punctual since time is a well – defined concept.

Germany Residence Permits and Work Visas

If you are from Switzerland, the EEA (European Economic Area) or EU (European Union), you only need a work permit and a passport or ID to work in Germany. People living in Croatia are however, restricted. Citizen from US, South Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Israel and Australia can apply for a work permit even without having a visa.

After you’ve just understood the sub – topics discussed in this post, you are now ready to get on your Search for Jobs in Germany with Edayn.

See Also: Get your Qualifications Recognised in Germany

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Looking for Jobs in Germany?

When you are looking for jobs in Germany, you must take into account all of the usual protocol of applying for jobs in the job market. In addition, when you are on a job search in Germany, you must weigh out the normal pros and cons of each job opportunity. Important aspects to consider are job location, wage / salary, bonuses, vacation, taxes and benefits.

See Also: English speaking Jobs in Germany

When submitting your resume to companies in your job search, keep in mind that the convention is setting it as Curriculum Vitae. This should include a passport sized photo headshot of yourself and any other qualification training. If you aren’t going to an English speaking job, make sure to make your cover letter in German too.

In addition to your photo and qualifications, there are various and other sections you have to include in your Curriculum Vitae for your job search in Germany. You should include your personal details (name, phone number, address, date of birth, email, etc.) Also, include your education and clarify the German equivalent of any degrees if they are another country.

While searching for jobs in Germany, keep in mind that there is very low unemployment in this land. Germany is known for having one of the most robust job markets in all of Europe, even in times of need. Because of that, your Job Search should be thorough and constantly looking for better offers without making any quick decisions. With so many jobs available, you should not sell yourself short. Send out many resumes and bargain with different companies for their pay and benefits to increase at your request. If you have a family, it is important to know that you would have job and location security.

While on your job search in Germany, look into German “job-centers”. They are a center for jobs in Germany, both careers and short-term employment. There are over 800 job centers in Germany, so you could find one that you can travel to or contact conveniently.

Edayn is a German based, job search platform that leads the users to find a job in Germany on their own language. The users can simply fill out their Resume and apply with just one click. If you are looking for a job in Germany as a foreigner, here is your right place.

You can also use periodicals to search for jobs. Local newspapers have job listings that are released usually every Wednesday and weekends. This also goes for Magazines, as well as national newspapers. National newspapers release many of high-ranked academic job offers on the same days of the week, so for people looking for very professional jobs in Germany, that would be a great place to look.

In order to get a job in Germany, you must have a residence and working papers to work and live in Germany. The only exception is EU citizenship. If you have an EU citizenship, you do not need a residency in Germany to work and live in the country. You can also get a German residence permit for new job opportunities. Make sure to clarify your legal conditions of working and being employed in Germany before going on an active job search.

See also: Speak in English, Secure a Job in Germany

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Visa: Your ticket to work in Germany

Do i need a visa to work and live in Germany? And what conditions apply to me? -It’s the first question many people ask themselves. The rules depend on which country you are coming from and what qualifications you have. Here, we explain what you have to know and the main aspects.

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

As a citizen of the EU with the right to freedom of movement, you have unrestricted access to the German labour market. You don’t need a visa or a residence permit either to live or work in Germany. The same applies if you come from Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland. All you need to come in Germany is a valid passport or identity card. When you change your current address to one in Germany, you must register your new address in line with the legal requirements on registration that applies in the federal state where you are going to live.

Citizens of other states

You must apply for a visa in your home country before travelling to Germany. You submit your application to the German mission responsible for your place where you live – that is, to an embassy or consulate general. The addresses are listed in the germany local world map here.

You have to consult with the German mission sufficiently ahead of time concerning the documentation that is required for your application. Please make sure to enter Germany with a visa that accurately represents the purpose of your stay in Germany. Then is it possible for the foreign nationals’ registration authority responsible for your place of residence in Germany in a smooth way to process an extension or change of your visa. A visa that has been issued for a short-term staying in Germany cannot be changed to a permanent residency visa.
Nationals of Israel, Australia, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand or the USA may enter Germany even without any visa and apply for a residence permit giving the right to work before taking up employment. Only nationals of these countries can apply directly to their local foreign nationals’ registration authority after having already entered Germany.

Since 2016 citizens of Albania, KosovoBosnia-Herzegovina,  MacedoniaMontenegro and Serbia have facilitated access to the German labor market. Information on the national language can be found here.

According to the WHO (Global Health Workforce Alliance) a shortage of health professionals exists in 57 countries (PDF, 21KB). Health professionals from these countries may take up employment to the German labour market, as long as they have found a job for themselves. Recruitment and private job placement service of health professionals from these countries are excluded.

Here are 5 opportunities, you get to know, under which terms you can get a visa for employment or for vocational training in Germany:

1. Academics

All type of academics with a recognised university degree or one which is comparable with a German university degree that have a legal right to the EU Blue Card single residence and work permit. To obtain it, you need to prove that you have a job in Germany which have a close similarity to your qualification. The only condition is that you must earn an annual gross income of at least 49,600 euros.

Specialists in the fields of mathematics, life sciences, IT and engineering as well as doctors may be qualified to an EU Blue Card if they earn the same salary as comparable German workers, but no less than 38,700 euros gross income per year. In this case, the BA (Federal Employment Agency) have to approve your employment. This approval is not required if you earned your university degree in Germany.

EU Blue Card holders have a legal right to a permanent residence permit after 33 months. This is a residence permit with lifetime access. If you can prove before this time that your language requirement skills comply with level B1 of the Common European Ref. Framework for Languages (CEFR), you can receive your permanent residence permit after just 21 months.

If you haven’t yet found a job in Germany, you can still come to Germany for up to six months to look for one; the necessary visa for this reason is granted on the basis of your having completed a university degree. The important thing in this case is that you must have enough money to live on for the duration of your stay, since you are not allowed to work during this time. Once you have found a qualified job, you can immediately apply for the necessary EU Blue Card or a Visa in Germany – without at first having to depart the country – and can remain in Germany while your application is pending.

In addition to the EU Blue Card, special regulations apply to certain workers such as scientists, researchers, teachers or management executives.

2. Graduates of German universities

Did you successfully accomplished your studies at a German university? In that case, you are eligible to take up a job in Germany which is in line with your studies. You would obtain the necessary residence permit from the foreign nationals’ registration authority which is liable for you.

Following your studies, if you have not yet found the right job, the foreign nationals’ registration authority can issue you a residence permit for eighteen months for the purpose of seeking employment corresponding to your degree. During this period, you can take any job, just to support yourself.

3. Professionals with foreign vocational qualifications

Do you have completed non-academic vocational training outside Germany? Then you will be able to take up employment on the basis of the credentials you have obtained abroad, provided you meet the following criteria:

  • There is a shortage of experienced workers in your profession. A whitelist of such professions is available here (PDF).
  • You have received an obligatory job offer. A list of vacancies is available here.
  • Your qualification has been recognised as being corresponding to a German qualification. Other information on the recognition of vocational credentials are available here. You will have to apply to recognize your qualifications while you’re still in your home country.

If the assessment authority decides that you need practical experience in order to obtain full recognition (e.g. practical work as part of a process of adapting), you can apply for a limited residence permit for this purpose.

4. Vocational training in Germany

As a third-country national, you are eligible to a residence permit if you wish to undertake vocational training in Germany. The requirements are the approval of the BA (Federal Employment Agency). If you wish to learn a vocation at a vocational academy or similar school, approval of the BA is not required.

After you complete your vocational training, you are permitted to remain in Germany for the period of one year in order to seek for a job corresponding to your vocational training. You can apply for the required residence permit at the liable foreign nationals’ registration authority. During this period you could take any job as a means of supporting yourself. Once you have found the right job to your qualification, you can receive the appropriate residence permit from the foreign nationals’ registration authority.

5. Fees for visas and temporary and permanent residence permits

If you want to apply for a visa or a temporary or permanent residence permit, you will normally have to pay a fee. The amount depends on the place, purpose and duration of your stay.

The fee for visa of any category is sixty euros. As a general rule, you can pay this to the German mission abroad in your local currency.

The highest payable fee for a permanent residence permit is 260 euros, and 140 euros for a temporary residence permit or the EU Blue Card. On the other hand, under certain circumstances you can get a reduction or even be exempted from the fee altogether. For example, the children and spouses of German nationals are exempt from visa fees. Also, if your stay in Germany it is funded by a public scholarship, you do not have to pay any visa fees. You can find out more about this from the German mission abroad within your country (visa fees) or your local foreign nationals’ registration authority (fees for permanent or temporary residence permits).

See Also: English Speaking Jobs in Germany

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Top 10 Jobs for Work-Life Balance in 2016

The fact of our lives might possibly be sad; we wake up in the morning, rush to work, stress over every little task we’ve got to do at work, about our director and loathsome colleagues throughout our lunch break to a select few colleagues, get back to work, stress some far more, miss our get-home-by-5: 25 target, and then eventually go back home to stress over what we might have forgotten to perform at work. It truly makes a sad living, which is why a great number of amongst us long for doing that work-life balance that could make our lives worth existing and our jobs pleasant.

If you’re thinking about changing your career path in the hope that you’ll locate a job that offers a new work-life balance, we’ve got your back. We’ve narrowed the list towards the top 10 careers you have to be aiming at if ones goal in life is always to lead a happy and also successful life.

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10. Web Developer

Most companies now employ web developers who can help them while using design of new websites as a way to establish the company’s reputation online. While web developers are highly wanted as they are so internet savvy, they’re also inside a field that offers a great work-life balance and a great compensation package.

Web developers have rated their work-life sense of balance at 3. 8 while the average salary for the work is $66, 040.

9. Marketing Assistant

While marketing assistants possess rated their work life balance similarly to web developers, at 3. 8, the pay is considerably less at only $32, 512. On the other hand, it’s worth noting that will marketing assistants have ample career advancement opportunities while their work duties vary helping to make their work much more interesting.

8. Digital Marketing Manager

Digital marketing managers are responsible for building a company’s on the web brand while they’re also liable for finding and retaining buyers online. They’re generally internet and marketing savvy, and also their work is imaginative and innovative. With a new $70, 052 average basic salary, digital marketing supervisors have rated their function life balance at 3. 9.

7. UX Designer

A UX designer, or user experience designer, accounts for making a customer’s experience while using company’s product positive. They’re liable for making products more readily available, more enjoyable, and far more usable. Although the idea of a UX designer goes back to the 1940s, these positions have grown to be increasingly popular as companies have been realizing the importance of customer happiness. UX designers have graded their work life sense of balance at 3. 9 and still have a base salary of $91, 440.

6. Recruiting Coordinator

Although, as you’d expect, recruiting coordinators are under many stress, the job rates 3. 9 in work-life experience and it has an average base income of $44, 700. Recruiting coordinators are essentially liable for checking resumes and making arrangements for interviews to find the best candidates on their shortlists.

5. Substitute Teacher

Although substitute teachers make considerably less than anyone else within this list –the average basic salary is $24, 380 – they are very work-life balanced individuals having a rating of 3. 9. This probably has to do with the fact that they are not responsible for a class all year round which contributes to the reduced stress levels.

4. Social Media Manager

There isn’t a self-respecting company today that doesn’t employ a social websites manager. With a work-life sense of balance rate at 4. 0 and an average base salary $40, 000, social media managers are responsible for spreading the company’s message across social websites platforms while also escalating its following and setting up its brand.

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist

Talent acquisition specialists generally work inside the HR department of a company and perhaps they are responsible for scouting new talent as a way to cover their company’s requires. With an average basic salary of $63, 504, it’s no wonder that talent acquisition specialists have rated the work-life balance at 4. 0.

2. SEO Manager

SEO managers are essential with regards to optimizing a company’s presence on-line and making its offerings findable. SEO managers have become increasingly popular previously few years, and through an average base salary of $45, 720, their work-life balance rates an impressive 4. 1.

1. Data Scientist

Harvard Business Review offers named data scientist as the best job of this 21st century, and permanently reason, too, considering the increasing require for individuals qualified to accomplish this line of work. Data scientists basically create discoveries in pools of data which can help a company increase their following and optimize its offerings. With an average basic salary of $114, 808, it’s no wonder data scientists price their work-life balance at 4. 2.

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If it’s not obvious enough, let me note that the more internet-savvy you are, the better chances you have at achieving a good work-life balance and a good pay. It’s important to remember, however, that the biggest factor that contributes to achieving work-life balance is managing to keep your stress levels low.

Edayn is an German based, job search platform that leads the users to find a job in Germany on their own language. The users can simply fill out their Resume and apply with just one click. If you are looking for a job in Germany as a foreigner, here is your right place.

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Top 10 Reasons People Start Looking for Other Jobs

After graduating college and obtaining your initial real job, your plans would possibly include building a long-run relationship with one employer. Job hopping each few years will get previous quickly. however even if you’re the kind of one who prefers to remain in one place, you might find yourself back on the task market in only some short years.

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Nowadays, it’s terribly rare for folks to retire when having worked with constant company for thirty years. this will happen, but more often than not, people change employers many times throughout their career. though the explanations vary, here’s a glance at the highest 10 reasons why people begin looking for alternative jobs.

1. Escape a Dead end Job

Depending on wherever you work, you’ll have many opportunities to advance and move up the career ladder. however this isn’t the case with each job. If you’re stuck in a very dead finish job and feel your career goes nowhere, it would be time to move on and realize a career that provides satisfaction. Being stuck {in a|during a|in an exceedingly|in a terribly} dead finish position will suck the very life out of you. you would possibly lose your drive and motivation, and planning to work every day will desire a mindless task.

2. Tired of the Long Commute

When you desperately would like employment, you might take the first position offered to you —no matter the gap from your house. this will mean traveling an excellent distance roundtrip 5 days every week and burning through many tanks of gas a month.

It might not be a giant issue if you fancy the alone time. however if you’re constantly reaching to work late as a result of you’re sitting in slow time of day traffic —which can even get your day off to a nasty start— it’s going to be time to begin looking for a job nearer to home.

Shortening your commute time will save gas and scale back vehicle wear and tear. Besides, if you discover employment inside 5 or 10 minutes of your house, you might be able to sleep in a very bit, which is always a plus.

3. Need more money

Maybe your present salary isn’t enough to stay up with the cost-of-living. you’ll approach your boss and ask for a salary increase, however he will only pay what the company can afford.

If your salary has plateaued and you know you can earn more working for a bigger company, dust off your resume and explore your choices. a better salary can offer your bank account the boost it needs. It can even offer income to pay off debt and better prepare for retirement. Earning a lot of can even improve the standard of your life, and you might be able to afford an overdue vacation.

4. Need better benefits

Working for a small company has its benefits. There’s a chance to urge to understand your boss and coworkers on a a lot of personal level, and there’s typically a lot of flexibility with time without work and schedules. however sadly, some little corporations willnot afford to supply perks and benefits that giant companies can.

As you become old and acquire new responsibilities, you’re forced to take a long hard verify your current advantages package. perhaps your gift leader can’t pay health or dental coverage, or supply a 401(k) match program. On the other hand, if you found employment with a bigger, responded to company, you might fancy sure perks and pay less due .

5. Moral Reasons

Even if your gift job pays well and offers wonderful perks, you might not trust the company’s culture or morale. the reality of the matter is, some corporations ar cutthroat and a few bosses don’t have any issues with workers stabbing one another within the back so as to urge ahead. you might not have a drag operating during this surroundings if you’ve got a similar outlook. however if you’re making an attempt to stay skilled and find ahead supported honesty, you wish to figure for an organization that shares your values.

6. The Company’s a Sinking Ship

It’s hard to justify projected around after you feel the company could be a sinking ship. several corporations expertise ups and downs, and a few years ar a lot of profitable than others. however if your gut tells you that the company goes down quick, you wish to create a move before you’re set off unexpectedly.

Even if your company can give a small severance and you’re eligible to receive state, this financial gain might not be enough to take care of your mode. Also, it will take a minute to search out a brand new job after losing one, and a few career specialists believe it’s easier to search out employment after you have already got one. therefore instead of sitting around and looking ahead to the notice, begin plotting your next move and find out before the ship sinks.

7. Fed up With the Abuse

You might be a strong person who’s able to disregard criticism and humor. however this doesn’t mean you’ve got to require abuse on a commonplace. whether or not it comes from your boss or a colleague, you need to add an surroundings that’s not hostile. talking to your boss about the problem might improve the situation. however if your boss is that the root of the matter and he doesn’t see a drag along with his behavior, or if your boss is passive and doesn’t reprimand abusive employees, you might be happier operating for an additional company.

8. Seeking a Healthier Work-Life Balance

It doesn’t matter what proportion cash you create, an unhealthy work-like balance will cause burnout and stress. you might become a a lot of irritable person, and as a result, your spouse, youngsters and friends might walk on egg shells around you. Your unhappiness will build everybody around you miserable. However, if you found another job –one that provides a healthier balance– it’ll be easier to take care of your saneness and your mood might improve.

9. Gain more Work experience

It might even be a good plan to hunt another job if you’re looking to achieve a lot of expertise in your field. you might like what you are doing, however at constant time, you might not feel challenged. you’ll feel as if you’re not advancing or learning as quick as you should. operating {for another|for an additional|for one more} company will assist you grow as an worker, which might cause advancements. this is often very true if you’ve recently completed an advanced degree and you feel that your gift leader can’t benefit from your skills.

10. Ready for a change

Your salary could also be fair and your coworkers are awesome, nevertheless inside within you’re prepared for a amendment. You’ve been operating for constant company for 5 or 10 years, and whereas you recognize advancement is feasible, you wish to unfold your wings and pass on. Your boss may not perceive your want to search out new work, and he might even supply a better wage to keep you around. however at the tip of the day, you have to do what makes you happy.

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Looking for a new job may result in better opportunities, a better salary and better job perks. Before you begin looking for a new job, build a listing of what you wish and wish in a very position. This way, you recognize exactly what to look for and you’ll be able to identify a good opportunity once it comes on.

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How to Move to Germany for a Job

How to move to Germany? Germany is taken into account to be one in all the foremost powerful European Member states. it’s additionally wide regarded for its job opportunities, glorious working conditions and high standards of living. The capital town Berlin is home to several expats United Nations agency have resettled in seek for job prospects. However, Berlin isn’t the sole location in Germany that’s price considering.

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The top German cities to work in, are:

  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Munich
  • Berlin
  • Hamburg

These five cities additionally feature within the World’s high twenty five Cities (Mercer quality of life survey 2007-2012).

Before packing your baggage and shipping off and move to Germany, you need to analysis the country completely. this suggests knowing exactly what your employment rights are going to be over there, the typical salaries for your profession and the way abundant it’ll price you to move.
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Essentially, your employment rights are going to be constant regardless of the city in Germany you decide on to figure in, however job opportunities could vary significantly.


The situation with work visas in Germany is that, if you’re associate EU national, you may avoid all the trouble of getting to get a work visa. However, as a foreigner (non-EU citizen), you may need to get a valid work permit before you’ll be able to take up full time employment within the country. confirm that you simply get the right type of visa as these vary depending on the sort of job you propose to take up and also the level of qualifications and skill you’ve got.

There are four types of visa levels

  • Non-qualified
  • Qualified
  • Highly qualified
  • Self employed

You should be away that jobs which might be given to native professionals are sometimes reserved for those living within the country, however if you hold exceptional qualifications or a asked for ability set, you’ll be able to quite simply get yourself employment in no time!

A new law has been passed that expedites the visa application method, creating it so much easier to get a work allow as a foreigner. it’s additionally expected that a brand new visa are going to be introduced {to allow|to permit} foreign nationals up to six months to reside in Germany while not a work permit for the aim of job seeking.

Jobs hospitable adept foreign nationals in Germany

There is a requirement for adept foreign employees at intervals the subsequent industries:

  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Communications
  • Medicine

Job market in Germany

Due to the attractiveness of the country, its geographic location, high living standards, EU membership and excellent career opportunities, the country has become a extremely asked for location for adept foreign nationals of all industries and specializations. Therefore, the competition for jobs has intense dramatically.

Language requirements

The first issue you would like to recollect is that most workplaces communicate in German, and most business deals square measure conducted in Germany, therefore build it your priority to find out the language! English is that the next most ordinarily used language, therefore proficiency in a minimum of one in all these languages is important to your survival and progression in Germany.

Know your Rights

As a foreigner move to Germany or working in Germany you would like to grasp your working rights. Here square measure a number of the foremost necessary facts to know:

  • The Federal Holidays Act provides fulltime employees in Germany with twenty four days paid leave per leave, though some collective agreements increase this quantity to thirty days leave.
  • Depending on the corporate, staff could also be entitled to a thirteenth month and fourteenth month bonus regular payment, sometimes paid during summer and yuletide months.
  • The average working week is forty five hours and this is applicable to full time adult employees; the working week could vary for younger workers and disabled persons.
  • Each worker has the proper to associate employment agreement, either in writing or verbally.
  • Employees sometimes undergo a conditional amount of 3-6 months before the leader commits to a permanent employment agreement.
  • Paid leave, paternity leave and maternity leave are provided underneath the law. with regard to maternity leave, work isn’t allowed six weeks before birth and eight weeks post birth.

So if you really love German cuisine and are willing to learn the lingo, then move to Germany is most certainly the place to go.

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