Overview: What are the language requirements for skilled labour immigration?
In the fight against the shortage of skilled workers and by means of significant innovations in the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, access to the German labour market is made easier for skilled workers with vocational, non-academic training. However, in order to enter Germany to look for a training place or a job as a skilled worker with vocational training, as well as to stay in Germany for qualification measures, a specific level of German language skills must be proven in each case. Which language requirements are obligatory depends on the type of residence title and accordingly on the legal requirements of the Residence Act (AufenthG).
|Visa type||Required German language skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)|
|Visa to work for professionals||No specific level required|
|Blue Card EU||No specific level required|
|Visa to seek employment (professionally qualified)||level B1|
|Visa for job search (academically qualified)||No specific level required|
|Visa for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications||level A2|
|Visa for vocational training||level B1|
|Visa to search for a training place||level B2|
|Self-employment visa||No specific level required|
|Visa for studying||generally level B2 (depending on the degree programme)|
|Visa for study application||Depending on the degree programme or university requirements|
|Visa for research||No specific level required|
|Visa for language acquisition||No specific level required|
|Visa for the completion of a study-related internship EU||No specific level required|
|Visa for IT specialists (or formal qualification)||level B1|
Written by Linda Naomi Henschel
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