Checklist for a vocational training (“Ausbildung”) visa


Before filling out the application form (step 2) and booking an appointment (step 3), please prepare the following documentation for your vocational training (“Ausbildung”) visa:
2 copies of each item

 valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and with at least 12 months validity left)
 1 copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy)
 3 passport pictures according to biometric specifications
 Motivation letter
 Training contract (“Ausbildungsvertrag”) signed by the German employer and the employee
if applicable with IHK recognition
 Training plan (“Ausbildungsplan”)
 If the training is done entirely in school facilities and the salary is less than 903€ OR
if the training is done in in-firm facilities (+ Berufsschule) and the salary is less than 927 EUR,
the financing gap must be closed
- A blocked account
- “Verpflichtungserklärung” by a sponsor in Germany
 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)
 Personal CV containing full education and employment history
 Academic qualification or school leaving certificate
 Certificate of German language skills (at least B1)
confirmation of school facility / employer that language skills were checked and found sufficient
confirmation of preparatory language class
 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)

Kindly note that the German Mission reserves the right to ask for additional documents.
The 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.

Please return to our website and continue with step 2 of the application process.

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