The German-Visa Newsletter

04.06.2024 - Article

National Visa - “Chancenkarte” or Opportunity Card

The following group of applicants is affected by this update:
- Applicants who intend to apply for a job seeker visa / Opportunity Card

As mentioned in our newsletter dated 18.08.2023, Germany has introduced the Skilled Immigration Act (FEG) in three phases. The third and last phase has been implemented on 01.06.2024. This includes the introduction of the so-called “Chancenkarte” = Opportunity Card.

1. Am I eligible for the Opportunity Card?
You can check whether you are eligible, here.

2. Is there any difference between Job Seeker Visa and an Opportunity Card?
The previous job seeker visa was issued primarily to skilled workers “Fachkräfte” who have a recognised degree. For details of recognition, please read our newsletter dated 26.09.2022.
With the introduction of the Opportunity Card, non-skilled workers are able to apply as well.
They need, however;
- A statement of ZAB - Apply here
- A recognised language certificate in either German A1 or English B2 (mandatory).
There is furthermore a point-based system which applicants need to fulfil. Please find the details in our checklist:

The job seeker visa has been replaced by the Opportunity Card. Both regulations aim to enable applicants to stay in Germany to look for employment.

3. What happens to the current job seeker category?
The Job Seeker category and its waiting list will be discontinued PAN India on 05.06.2024. Please re-register under the “Opportunity Card” category starting from 06.06.2024.

Applicants who received an appointment confirmation in the job seeker category should not worry: their appointments remain valid!

4. How can I apply for the Opportunity Card?
Please prepare the relevant documents based on the checklist:

The appointment booking will be available starting from 06.06.2024 via our external service provider VFS.

Please visit the website “Make it in Germany” for in-depth information on the “Opportunity Card” for job search. It has all the information you would require; hence please refrain from sending the Consulate requests for information on the “Opportunity Card”. Browse through the “Make It In Germany” website thoroughly, and we are sure you'll find the information that you are looking for.

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