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Applying for a work permit for persons with a residence permit


If you are in an ongoing asylum procedure, employment is only permitted if this is expressly stated in your residence permit. If you want to work, you must therefore apply for a work permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office. This also applies to the exercise of in-company vocational training or an internship.

If you have been permitted to stay in Germany for three months, are not (no longer) obliged to live in an initial reception centre for asylum seekers (including a reception centre, arrival centre or anchor centre) and have already found an employer who would like to hire you, you may be allowed to work.

To process your application, the Foreigners' Registration Office usually involves the Federal Employment Agency, which checks the working conditions. After more than four years of uninterrupted stay in Germany, the Federal Employment Agency no longer has to be involved.

If you would like to complete in-company vocational training (dual training), the employment permit for the specific training place must be applied for individually. School-based vocational training does not require approval.

The employment permit is issued for a limited period for the duration of the approval of the Federal Employment Agency, at the latest until the expiry of the residence permit.

The following limitations apply:

In principle, you are prohibited from gainful employment as long as you are obliged to live in an initial reception centre. Only if your asylum procedure has not been completed within nine months can you be allowed to take up employment.

If you are an asylum seeker from a so-called "safe country of origin", i.e. from a Member State of the European Union, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (North Macedonia), Montenegro, Senegal or Serbia, and submitted your asylum application after 31 August 2015, you cannot obtain a work permit during the asylum procedure.

There is also no access to the German labour market for asylum seekers whose asylum procedure has been rejected as manifestly unfounded or inadmissible and whose action has not been ordered to have suspensive effect.

  • You are in possession of a valid residence permit.
  • They are not obliged to live in a reception centre and have been permitted to stay in Germany for three months.
  • You are obliged to live in a reception centre, but your asylum procedure has not been completed incontestably within nine months and you do not come from a safe country of origin.
  • Although you come from a safe country of origin, you applied for asylum before 31 August 2015.
  • An employer has offered you a specific job and completed the "Employment Declaration" form.
  • The conditions under which you will work in the future are comparable to those of German employees.
  • Their wages correspond to the wages of German employees.
  • Valid residence permit
  • Identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute), if available
  • Form "Declaration of employment" (to be completed in full by the employer)
  • In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or further proof.

The granting of the work permit is free of charge.

Permission to work should be applied for before concluding an employment contract.

The permit is limited for the duration of the approval of the Federal Employment Agency, at the latest until the expiry of your residence permit.

  • Appeal against the decision of the Foreigners' Registration Office
  • Action before the court named in the notice of opposition if the objection is not complied with

The Foreigners' Registration Office responsible for the place of residence of the applicant is responsible.

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: Yes

  • Find out whether your immigration authority allows you to submit your application online or has a special application form.
  • If the application is only possible in person, please submit the form "Declaration on the employment relationship", which has been completed in full by your employer, to the Foreigners' Registration Office in advance and make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In the case of an online application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your application to make an appointment.
  • During the appointment, your identity and documents will be checked (please bring your documents, preferably original, to the appointment).
  • As a rule, the immigration authority will ask the Federal Employment Agency for approval.
  • If the employment permit is issued, a corresponding entry is usually made on the residence permit (under "Ancillary provisions") or in an additional sheet.

Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg,

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