What is a job seeker visa?
The job seeker visa for Germany is a Long-Term Residency Permit, which allows you to stay in the country for six months and look for a job. If at the end of the six months you have found a place of employment, you will be given the Germany work visa or a Germany work permit and you will be allowed to work and live there. Please note that having a job seeker visa does not allow you to start working immediately in Germany.
It only means that you can visit the country and look for a job during your stay.
In order to obtain a job seeker visa for Germany, you need the following:
# Be eligible to apply
# Compile all the necessary documents
# Fill out an application form and book your visa appointment
Eligibility of applicants
There are several criteria that you need to fulfill to be eligible to apply for the Germany job seeker visa:
# Hold a Bachelor of Master’s Degree from a German university or an equivalent foreign degree
# Have a minimum of 5 years of experience in your related field of study
# Show proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay during the time you are in Germany
# Have travel or medical insurance for your entire stay in Germany or until you get your Work Permit
Checklist of documents you need to obtain a Germany job seeker visa:
A valid passport (issued in the past 10 years and valid for at least 12 months after your scheduled return)
A copy of your passport’s data page
3 passport pictures based on biometric specifications
A cover letter where you explain the objective of your visit, how you plan to find employment, and your alternative career plans if you cannot find a job
Diploma of your degree (or any other proof of academic qualification from a German or non-German university) as well as any certificates of previous work experience
Your detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Proof of accommodation in Germany (where you will be staying during your visit)
Proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of your stay in Germany by showing one of the following documents:
Verpflichtungserklärung (formal obligation letter) by a sponsor living in Germany
Bank account statement, or
Blocked bank account.
Proof of personal status in your home country, such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, and others (translated in English)
Proof of your health insurance
In order to fulfill the requirements, you have to prepare two sets of these documents and take them to your application center.