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You enter your place of residence or the place where you want to contact the administration or use the location sensing.

Enter words here that describe what you are looking for (e.B. cut a tree) or a matter for citizens and companies (e.B. house construction, marriage).
Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Applying for a residence permit to look for a job after recognition of foreign professional qualifications


If you have successfully established the equivalence of a foreign professional qualification or have obtained the professional training permit, you can be granted a temporary residence permit to look for a job.

The residence permit will be issued to you directly after your previous recognition procedure. An extension of the residence permit is only possible if the maximum period has not been exhausted when it was first issued. If you cannot find a job during this time, an extension of the residence permit is not possible even then. You are then obliged to leave Germany.

This residence permit allows gainful employment without restriction.

You are already in possession of a residence permit for the purpose of looking for a job after a successful recognition procedure of your foreign professional qualification in Germany, the maximum period of which of 12 months has not yet been exhausted.

Other general conditions for granting a residence permit are in particular:

  • a secure livelihood,
  • a clarified identity,
  • Possession of a valid national passport.
  • Valid National Pass
  • Proof of secure livelihood (e.g. employment contract and payslips, bank statements, submission of a declaration of commitment by third parties)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of qualification (certificate of completion, certificate or attestation of your training company or educational institution about the successful completion of an apprenticeship
  • 1 current biometric photo
  • Please ask the immigration authority responsible for you whether you need to submit further documents.

Application before the expiry of the current residence permit. An interview 4 to 6 weeks before the previous residence permit expires is recommended.

The residence permit, including the extension period, is limited to a maximum of 12 months.

The processing time depends on the workload in the locally responsible immigration authority.

  • Contradiction

Detailed information on how to lodge an objection can be found in the decision rejecting your application.

  • Administrative court action

Please contact the competent immigration authority.

  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes
  • Written form required: no

You can only apply for a residence permit in person at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence.

  • You submit the required documents in the original and pay the application fee.
  • The Foreigners' Registration Office checks whether the conditions for grant are met.
  • If all requirements are met, the Foreigners' Registration Office will record your biometric data (photo, fingerprints) and order the electronic residence permit (eAT) from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • As soon as the eAT is completed, it will be handed over to you by the Foreigners' Registration Office.

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

District Office Harburg

Fachamt Einwohnerwesen

Harburg Town Hall Square 1

21073 Hamburg, Germany

E-mail: bezirksamt@harburg.hamburg.de

fax: 040 42790-7600

Phone: +49 40 428713849

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Landkreis Harz - Sachgebiet Ausländerbehörde
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 42
38820 Halberstadt, Stadt
03941 5970-4544
03941 5970-4160
Monday:08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00