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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

Copyright by Hülya Oruc Aslan

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