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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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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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Get your Qualifications Recognised in Germany

There are many kinds of different names all over the world for similar professional qualifications. For example, do you know what “Dipl-Ing.” is? It’s the conventional university qualification for German engineers. It is unlikely that your professional qualification would be familiar to every German company. That means that the company will read the name of your qualification in the application and still not know what you can do and whether you are sufficiently qualified for the job. So here’s our tip: let your qualification be recognised. You can find out how to do that here.

Must I have it?

For many qualifications, it’s helpful to have them recognised. For others, it is an actual requirement for being able to work in Germany. But, it really depends on your profession:

  • Who needs recognition? In Germany, certain professions are “regulated”. Germans and foreign nationals may only work in these professions if they have a very precise qualification. This applies to professions such as doctors and lawyers. It also applies to different masters of manual trades if they work as independent contractors. If you want to work in one of these regulated professions, you need to have your professional qualification recognised in Germany.
  • For whom is recognition helpful? Most professions are not regulated. If you are going to work as an IT specialist, business manager or baker, for example, you will not need to have the qualifications recognised. However, it may still make sense to have your qualifications recognised – even in some cases of partial equivalence. Recognition will help companies understand your skills and qualifications, so that you could leave a good impression as you apply for a job.

Please note: If you would like to relocate to Germany from a non-EU Land, and if your qualification is non-academic, you will have to have it recognised before taking up employment in Germany.

However, recognition of the vocational credentials alone is not sufficient if you would like to work in Germany. In order to get a residence permit with permission to work you will need to meet a number of additional criteria. Please refer to the Quick Check to assess the options of living and working in Germany.

Recognition of foreign certificates

For whom is the recognition of foreign qualifications / certificates necessary? How does the recognition procedure work? This is shortly and clearly explained by short video from the portal “Recognition in Germany“.

Fees for having your qualifications / certificates recognised

Experience has shown that fees range from 200 to 600 euros. Additional charges usually result in the course of the approval process, for example for documents, translations, notarizations, language courses or travel expenses. The exact costs depend on the individual case.

How to apply?

How can I apply for recognition?

Step 1: Find out who provides recognition. Start by finding out which authority or professional association you have to apply to. This depends first and foremost on the profession and where you work. For example, for certain professions, trade corporations (Handwerkskammern, HWK) or the chambers of trade and industry (Industrie- und Handelskammern, IHK) are responsible. The quickest way to find out who you should contact is to use the Recognition Finder here (in English and German)

Step 2: Some advice. Talk with your local contact centre before applying. It will give you the necessary forms to fill out in and help you to define which German reference profession applies to you. It would also tell you which documents you need for your application. Are you uncertain about which contact centre is responsible for you? Do you want to find something more about the application process? You will find full information about proceedings for getting professional qualifications recognised as well as advice on further topics at anerkennung-in-deutschland.de. You could also obtain an initial consultation by phone from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The hotline is always available Mondays through Fridays (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the following number: +49 30-1815-1111. The consultation would provide you with initial information – in German or English – concerning the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany.

Step 3: Prepare your application documents. Ask your local contact centre which documents you should have to translate. Fill in the application forms and send everything to your local contact centre. The local contact centre will compare your foreign professional qualification with a German reference profession. At the same time, it will check whether there are any big differences between your professional qualification and the German one. The professional experience you have acquired can also be taken into account.

Step 4: Receive notification. Once your application has been generated, you will receive a notification from your local contact centre. This written notification, it will tell you whether your foreign professional qualification is equivalent or similar to the German qualification. If the authority haven’t found any equivalence, and if the application concerns a regulated profession, then you will be informed of concrete measures you can take to balance for the differences. In the case of professions that aren’t settle, the notification will state the qualifications that do exist, as well as the differences between your professional qualification and the reference of Germany qualification; this will help you and potential employers to properly gauge your qualification.

Find out more about “Recognition of your professional qualifications in Germany” and download here (PDF 177 KB).

The Recognition in Germany

Recognition in Germany is one of the government portals which provides comprehensive information on having foreign qualifications recognized in Germany. It’s designed for professionals with foreign qualifications who would like to find out whether they require some formal recognition of their qualifications in order to practice their profession in Germany.

Professionals are wishing to have their qualifications recognised can refer to the portal for comprehensive, relevant information for the recognition process, required documents, the legal framework as well as guidance and advice. The portal is currently available in English, German, Italian, Romanian and Spanish; Polish and Turkish are set to follow soon.

The website offers a simple and useful tool, the “recognition finder”. With just a few clicks, individuals with foreign qualifications can use this recognition finder to identify the right assessment authority for their profession. For this purpose, users have to enter their profession and then use the professional profile to find the German reference profession which it fits the qualification obtained abroad. In order to identify the competent assessment authority, the system will ask you to enter their (desired) place of residence or work in Germany. Just a few clicks later, the system will automatically provide the contact details of the competent assessment authority, so that the user can apply just to have the equivalence of their qualification assessed. In addition, the system will provide information on applying for recognition and indicating, for example, which documents the applicant needs to submit.

To access the Recognition in Germany portal, find out more here

A brief introduction to the recognition finder is available here

To access the recognition finder, please click here


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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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Applying for a Job in Germany

Have you found an exciting job offer? Then it’s the time to start applying. Your first step is to send your application documents to the company. After that, the company would, hopefully, invite you for an interview. You could find out the best way for applying and present yourself here.

Application documents

In Germany, the most known way of doing things is to send your own application documents – printed – in a special application folder by post. However, even more companies also signalize in their job offers that they will be glad to receive applications online. In this case, you could send your own documents in a PDF file. However, regardless of whether you apply by post or online, the documents and information that go to build up your application are the same:

  • Covering letter: In your covering letter, you should give the company a first impression of yourself. You can explain why you are interested in the post and you can describe your own strengths. In your covering letter, try to express yourself convincingly to set yourself apart from the other applicants.
  • Curriculum vitae: In your CV, you can describe your personal and professional career so far. A CV does not have to be written out in full: you could list the most salient information in the form of a table. Previously in Germany, applicants were expected to include a picture of themselves in their CV. However, depending on the company this is no longer necessarily the case.As a rule, CVs in Germany are not written in strict chronological order. However, the most newest professional experiences are usually placed at the beginning right under your photo. Divide your CV up into these categories:
    • Personal information: name, address, contact details
    • Professional experience: in which companies have you already worked for? What does your work there consist of? You should list that information in chronological order. Start with your most newest professional experience.
    • Education: which universities and schools did you attend? What were your final degree? What subjects did you study? Have you ever completed a vocational training course? Or, have you done any continuous high education courses? You should list this section chronologically also, with the most newest qualification first and your highest school education at the end.
    • Language skills: what languages you can speak? How fluent do you speak them? In Germany, the following terms are very often used to describe this: “Muttersprache”, or mother tongue; “verhandlungssicher” or on business fluent (excellent skills); fließend, is meant that you speak the language currently (sound knowledge of this language); and “Grundkenntnisse”, or basic skills (beginner). However, it is more recommendable to refer to the norm of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR).
    • Special interests and aptitudes: For example, do you have any special computer experience that are important for your work? And what are your hobbies.

  • Certificates: Finally, you can include your most important certificates in your application. Examples of these include certificates received during your vocational training, as well as your school-leaving and university degree. If you have any references from your previous employers, you can include those too. Do not send any originals, only copies. This is because very often, the documents aren’t returned. In normal circumstances, an ordinary photocopy will do. You only need the officially certified copies if the company asks for this explicitly. Important: it is advisable to have your certificates translated into English or German so that the company can understand your qualifications.Please note: The Europass website will give you with helpful information on the formal design of your CV and cover letter.The Europass documents will help you to present a clear picture of your skills and qualifications to enhance your chances in the market labour. Companies in Germany, however, like your documents to be personalised. Therefore, your best bet is to use the Europass CV as a beginning point and adapt it to your personal requirements
    • Download a Europass CV template here (Word format)
    • Europass will also give you with filled-in CV templates in 26 languages.
    • You can also download a Europass application guide book with the five most important instructions for composing a good-quality CV.
    • On Europass you could directly compose your CV online in a uniform format in English or German.
    • The Europass skills passport will let you provide a comprehensive picture of your qualifications and skills. You can include explanations regarding certificates and reports, photocopies of evidence of work and documents you have done. The skills passport would also let you indicate your knowledge of foreign languages. Using the online editor, you could compile your skills passport and link it with your Europass CV, for example.

In your application process, a convincing cover letter is as important as your CV. On the Europass pages, you could find out about formal requirements for a cover letter, too.


Getting your qualifications recognized

What occupational qualifications do you have? This is often a key question for companies in Germany. You are no doubt able of answering the question. However, the qualifications obtained in your home country are often not comparable with German qualifications, or they are called something else. In that case, German companies will find it difficult to judge your application. This could be an opportunity for you to score points: find out for yourself whether your qualification could be or must be checked for equivalence, and to which German reference profession it corresponds. You could then include the information in your application right away. You can find out more about “Getting your professional qualifications recognised” here.

The Interview

The company is interested of your application and may has invited you to an interview – congratulations, you have got one important step forward. The job interview offers you and the company a chance to make acquaintance with one another. In most cases, you will meet up the personnel manager and the line manager. They will probably ask you questions about your CV, your expectations of the salary and job, as well as about your aptitudes and interests. The interviewers may also want to see how well you speak English or German. In many cases, they will ask why you want to work in Germany and what you expect from living and working in Germany.

There are lots of things you can do to prepare for these interviews. For example, find out about the company you want to work for, in advance. Also, prepare a couple of answers about your aptitudes, weaknesses and strengths. You can do this by reading your CV through again and writing a couple of keywords by every point, for example. You can also think about the questions that your interlocutors might put. This is the way of showing that you are interested.

Besides what you say during the interview, a couple of other criteria are important too – no question the same all over the world. Be punctual. Your mobile phone or smartphone should be in that case switched off during a job interview. Also, you can come along wearing appropriate clothing: women should simply wear a trouser or dress suit, men a suit together with a shirt and tie. However, you need to take the particular circumstances of specific sectors into account.

Not living in Germany

In Germany, the companies usually pays the costs of job interviews. If you are travelling from abroad, ask whether all your costs would be paid in this case too. Also, ask the company whether you can be interviewed over the phone or by video-conference. If the company still rather get to know you personally, ask whether you have to pay the travel costs yourself or whether the company will take them.

Non-EU citizens should also find out what entry requirements apply to them. A visa is available that permits you coming to Germany for 6 months to search for employment. All related costs are your personal responsibility. more

Assessment centre

For highest-ranking positions – management jobs, for example – companies often use assessment centres. This is a special kind of selection process. Here, the proposer is asked to perform certain tasks with other applicants. For example, you might be asked to discuss themes as a group, do role play or give a presentation. This is a way for the company to find out how you approach problems, cope with stressful situations and use your soft skills.

To conclude: the final decision

Some time later, the company would let you know whether or not you have got the job. Many companies will notify you after just a few days, others just after a few weeks. If the company wants to recruit you, once you have accepted its offer it would send you a work contract. If you agree with the work contract, sign it and return it to the company. You can find out what to look out for in your work contract here.

See Also: Visa, Your Ticket to work 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).

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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.

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25 Best Jobs With The Biggest Pay Raises 2016

Best Jobs? Raises are not looking that wonderful for 2016.  Some, will not fare as well as senior citizens on Social Security, for example, received no raise whatsoever. Across the board, forecasters expect that average salary increases in 2016 will average about 3%.

Even though most federal employees would receive a 1.7% raise, a large segment of civil service workers will receive a substantial crash in salary because of locale and years of freezes.

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In the private sector, it’s quite possible that low paid minimum wage hourly workers may actually realize, that the largest percentage income increase, even though the federal government has not enacted a new minimum wage law.
In general, the biggest incomes will occur in expected areas – those that have enjoyed higher-than-average increases in recent years.

Here are 25 of the most popular career fields in which we can expect to see the largest salary increases in 2016. Here are some of the best jobs:

IT Careers

One of the best jobs. IT will continue to be a growing, high-demand field, with more and more specialties being defined as the complexities of tech increase. Here are 10 positions that will see well over the 3% average salary increase projected across the all employment areas.

  1. Wireless Network Engineer: As companies continue to go wireless, there is high demand for network engineers to connect a remote and mobile staff – individuals who are not in the office and connected to a wired Computer during their days. The additional need for a security and reliable access will put these proscenium in a top pay rate increase – an average of 9.8%, according to Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.  

2-3. Data Engineers and Scientists: While these are relatively new career titles, these individuals develop data processing workflow for business based upon research and organizational needs. Within this group is a sub-specialty titled Scientists, people who compile and analyze large                   amounts of data in order to make recommendations that will make organizations more productive and fiscally healthier. The expectation within this                   group for salary increases is 8.9%.  

    1. Mobile Application Developer: High demand for those specialists who can develop mobile applications for all organization functions has continued to increase and Robert Half Technology sees no change in 2016. In fact, it is projected that salaries for these specialists will have about an 8.1% increase.
    2. Content Strategist:As content creation like iWriter becomes far more mainstream of any organization overall marketing plan, individuals who can create compelling content and developing SEO-strategies and distribution methodologies will continue to be in greater demand. As the demand grows, so will their income. Projected average increase is 8.1%.
    3. Multi-Media Designer:These professionals have a combination of technical-expertise, creativity. They understand web development and design but also the “art” side of web-based communication and multimedia presentations. Projected increase is in the 6.2% range, up to $91,000.
    4. User Experience (UX) Specialists: Organizations know that old hard sales pitch no longer works for consumers who now use the web to research and make purchasing. Consumers want their needs met and they want to do business with companies who give them a great experiences, not just a sales pitch. Creating that experience is up to UX specialist, and they are in high-demand. Typically, they have development experience as well as the ability to analyze research on consumer online behavior. Good employee in this career field can expect close to a 6% overall increase, the high end resulting in a salary close to $131,000.
    5. User Interface (UI) Specialists:While this specialty is related to user experience, it is more technically, their responsibilities ensure that a website functions seamlessly for users. Such things as site-speed ease fall within the realm of this individual. Depending upon the size of an organization, the role may or not be integrated with that of a web developer and/or a UX pro. Like the UX specialist, this position will carry with it about a 5.8% increase with a salary similar to that of a UX specialist.

  1. Network Administration and Security: This is a growing and increasingly complex field, in ensuring that data, websites, and especially customer personal and financial information is protected and secure. Hacking has become an ever-present threat, and both analysts and developers can expect increases within the 7% range, up to $200,000 or more for chief security officers of large organizations.
  2. Software Developers and Engineers:Talented software developers will continue to be in high demand, and dependent upon the size of the organization, salary ranges for 2016 will be from $100 – $150,000, reflecting a mid-6% increase over this past year.

Accountancy and Finance

Meeting regulatory changes is of extreme importance to large finance and investment corporations, and there will be a higher demand for certain positions, along with a higher than average increase in salaries.

  1. Internal Auditor:Conducting internal audits and preparing such reports for regulatory agencies falls within the realm of this accountancy position. Robert Half projects an average 8.9% increase in salaries.
  2. Audit Manager:The individual who supervises teams of accountants who conduct audits will probably see and average of 6.6% increase
  3. Compliance Managers and Directors: These individuals see to it that financial services and investment-related corporations are in compliance with new SEC and other regulations. They will experience about a 5.5% increase in salaries, up to the $190,000 range for those employed by large corporations.

Health-Related Careers

The best jobs Despite some of the projections that the Affordable Care Act might slow the continued better-than-average increase in salaries for those in health-related careers, in reality this has not been the case. In fact, every field of health care is growing substantially and some of the highest projected increases are within this field. It is really the law of supply and demand at work here. The need for health care professionals exceeds the supply, and organizations will be raising wages in order to compete.

  1. Medical Coding Manager:This position is heavily related to the use of technology, but it provides the essential link between physicians and insurance companies. Individuals in this field can expect an average of 4.8% increase during 2016.
  2. Pharmacy Technicians:The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment rate in this field will jump 20% between now and 2022. These individuals have typically earned “pennies” compared to licensed pharmacists for whom they work, and the field of candidates is narrowing. A 7% raise in salaries is not out of the question, bringing the average wage to $26,000+ a year.
  3. Physicians and Surgeons: Average salaries will continue to increase at a steady rate, on average about 5-6%, more for specialty areas. Furthermore, there is an expect 18% increase in available positions projected over the next 7 years.
  4. Anesthesiologists:Income increases in 2016 will be in the 6-7% range for both anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. Already, their incomes are well over $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.

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The biggest increase will be seen in those engineering positions related to the petroleum industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a much higher than average demand for these positions, too.

  1. Petroleum Engineer: Already earning in the $150,000 salary range, these engineers will see a 6-7% increase in 2016.


In the recent past, there were plenty of “starving” lawyers, because the supply simply outnumbered the demand. Over the past five years or so, this trend has reversed in specific legal specialties. According to Robert Half, Inc., the following legal areas can expect not just growth in demand but salary increases that exceed the national average. Here are specific legal specialties that will see good salary increases in 2016:

  1. Litigation: This continues to be a growing field, and attorneys can expect an average 5% increase.
  2. Commercial Real Estate:This area has seen resurgence during the recovery and, again 5% will be pretty standard.
  3. Compliance: In all industries that face regulations, compliance must be reported. Compliance attorneys interpret regulations and prepare these reports. A 5% increase will be standard.
  4. Contract Law:Expect a 5.6% average increase in this area.
  5. Healthcare Law: The Affordable Care Act has opened a large field of practice and increases in 2016 could be up to 6% for experienced attorneys.
  6. Intellectual Property: This field has exploded, especially in tech areas. Interpreting copyright laws and protecting the intellectual property of designers and developers in an area that will continue to grow. Salary increases will be between 5 – 5.6% in 2016.


The current teacher shortage begins to have an impact on public education institutions; it does not appear that salaries will be impacted, given that there is only so much money with which a school district has to operate. However, there are several areas in the private sector, in which educational services are expected to reap increased monetary compensation, as follows:

  1. Contracted Specialists:Because public schools cannot afford the salaries and benefit packages to employ full-time staff in certain specialty areas, they are contracting out for such services, particularly in the area of special education. Private institutions which serve the needs of special education students (e.g., autism, severe emotional disabilities and behavior disorders, speech and language specialists), these contractors will be able to raise their rates by as much as 5% in the new year.

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