Employment Visa

28.06.2022 - Article


 Checklist for a German national visa - Employment Attention (!) – Please note that if you have a recognized academic qualification, the check-lists for skilled workers and/or Blue Cards may be applicable to you.

How do I know if my academic qualification is recognized? – Kindly view the options on the checklist for skilled workers.

Before filling out the application form and booking an appointment please prepare two identical sets of the following documentation for your visa and bring your original certificates as well as your original employment contract along. Please DO NOT staple any documents:


  • Valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least another year as of date of visa application; passports with observations regarding the front data page cannot be accepted) with at least two empty pages
  • Application form & declaration (in accordance with Section 54 of the Residence Act) duly signed
  • Declaration for Additional contact and legal representation information
  • 3 passport pictures according to biometric specifications, not older than 6 months
  • Copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy)
  • Annexure for employment visa (2 copies)
  • Employment contract with a company in Germany
  • CV and job description (one page only)
  • Proof of qualification and experience certificates for future employment in Germany
  • “Declaration regarding a contract of employment” (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis); has to be filled and signed by the future employer.
  • Original along with 2 copies need to be submitted.
  • Pre-approval by the Federal Employment Agency (Pre-approval by the Federal Employment Agency is not mandatory. It can however shorten the time to process your application significantly (as mentioned below)
  • Demand Draft
  • Certificate about compulsory health insurance (Gesetzliche oder private Krankenversicherung) from German employer valid from date of employment.
    Please note: If not already included in the compulsory health insurance a separate travel health insurance has to be presented for the time frame from arrival in Germany until beginning of employment (see below)

Please note that the German Missions reserve the right to ask for additional documents or the verification of certificates, for which additional fees would be charged.

As of July 2013, Blue Card applications and applications with a “BA-Vorabprüfung” (Approval by the Federal Employment Agency) can – under certain circumstances - be directly decided by the German Missions, resulting in a processing time of approximately ten days.

Other employment visa applications, such as for deputations, still have to be forwarded to the competent immigration authorities in Germany; processing will take approximately six to eight weeks.

In case of visa approval, you will be requested to present a travel health insurance (Kindly click here to know more about the travel health insurances accepted).

Submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee that a visa is granted.

Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to appear for a visa interview may result in the rejection of your application.

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