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Working in Germany and what permits you need to apply for a job


Similar to Spain and the rest of the EU, you can move freely around Europe without a visa or permit to come work and live in Europe. Saying that, there are a few exceptions which you need to be aware of when looking to get a job in Germany.

To live in Germany, Firstly you need to have valid ID/passport and you will need to register with the resident’s registration office. This needs to be done in the town you plan to live in for at least the first 3 months of arriving in Germany. This applies to all even German nationals.

Croatians again will need to get permits until 2020. There is exceptions to this, Graduates working in jobs corresponding to their qualifications and in training programmes. The other exception for Croatians who have lived in Germany for more than 3 years. Otherwise a work permit from the German Federal Employment Agency along with a definite job offer.

Swiss citizens looking for a job in Germany have to apply for a declaratory residence permit in the town they intend to live in.

If you are a graduate and looking to move to Germany and work it is best to have a job offer in place. If you do not have a job offer you can obtain a 6 month visa however you cannot take any job during this time. To get this visa you need to a degree that is recognised and can financially support yourself during this period. If you find employment after that starts after the 6 months you can change visa and start working. This can only happen once a job offer has been made and offers a salary starting at €46,400 otherwise you will need to apply for residence permit. 





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