Job Seeker visa – Preparing Application

If you have not read First job seeker visa post.. you should do it first…
Job Seeker Visa – Why and when?

In this post, I will discuss required documents and some things that you need to remember while applying for jobseeker visa. I and some of my friends have used checklist given officially and collected all the documents.

Process for any national visa (including jobseeker)

Steps for applications are properly mentioned on the official website, so there is no need to discuss them here.

I will directly go to the checklist and required documents for jobseeker visa.

Job Seeker visa German embassy, India checklist

 

jobseeker checklist1

  • They (German Embassy/Consulate officers) are strict regarding passports.
    Once my Schengen visa application was not accepted. My passport was meeting all the criteria required, but passport photograph was 7 years old so it did not match the recent photographs that I gave along with the application.
  • Look at your return date and passport expiry date. Passport should have minimum 12 months validity after you return.
  • If you have been to other countries before, copies of visa and all data pages are required to be submitted along with passport copy.
  • I will write another post for all points that create confusion in the application form. Just wait for it. Although mostly, it’s easy and simply understandable.

cover letter

  • I am attaching one format of a letter so that you can have an idea about what to write in it.

Job seeker cover letter format

anabin

  • http://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/institutionen.html
    Go to ‘suchen’. And search your university. And take a printed proof that it’s H+
    If it’s not H+, as long as I know, you cannot apply for jobseeker visa. Please contact the regarding authority in Germany. Email them and get info for further process. Most of the Indian govt colleges are H+. About others, I don’t know, you should check it.

 

 

Work cv

  • You can make your own cv. Make it simple.
    You can use help of this… (Do not attach any documents in cv.)

 Europass

              For visa application CV can be submitted in English or German Language.

  • You need to attach all documents after cv.
    – 10th Marksheet
    – 12th Marksheet
    – MBBS Marksheets
    – Degree Certificate
    – State/MCI Registration (MCI is better because easier to verify)
    – Job experience certificates, joining letter
    – If you are still working, you may need to present No Objection Certificate from your employer

proof of accomodation

  • If you have a friend or relative in Germany, this is the best option. You can ask for this. It will say that he will allow you to stay with them. There is no proof of relation needed to prove. But keep a copy of their Aufenthaltstitel or some German identity with you, you can submit it only if required.
    Change details, as required; I am attaching a copy of this obligation letter.

Formal obligation letter for stay

  • If it’s not possible to take a letter from a friend, you can book your stay on booking.com
    Book for 10 days of stay in any city and hotel/hostel of your desire. And take the one which allows free cancellation. And check that how many days before arrival, you can cancel it. (You don’t have to pay at the time of booking.)
    Although it’s obvious, your booking should be at a reasonable price hotel, so that your bank account can show that you can spend that much for stay of 10 days!!
    (After visa arrives you can cancel it, and find a Wohnung/Zimmer on www.wg-gesucht.de.. According to your requirements in your desired city.)
  • Some consulate may ask for whole 6 months residence proof, and will not try to accept 10 days stay proof…
    You can simply tell them that
    – I know language properly, so I can search a Zimmer within 10 days in Germany.
    – If I will book directly from here and visa will not be accepted, I will not receive deposit money back due to an agreement with the landlord.
    – My blocked account ensures my living expenses.
    – Booking a room from India will be expensive and in Germany I can find a room according to my requirements.
    – Booking a hotel room for 6 months is very costly. That’s not thoughtful.
    If you don’t win the argument, well you may need to find someone who can give you an invitation letter for the stay or you may need to find a place on wg-gesucht.

financial means

  • Some say blocked account necessary, some say for jobseeker visa, it’s not necessary.
    I would say open one Deutsche Bank account in Indian branch. And one blocked account (4020 euros) in German DB branch.
    Don’t transfer the money from DB Indian account to German blocked account before you apply. (keep minimum around 3.5 lakh) If they ask for the transfer requirement, then do it; and send a receipt and transfer confirmation documents to them via email.

Using other than DB creates problems of verification for them, and it may delay your visa approval. Opening these two accounts is highly recommended to ease the procedure for you and them.

  • If your father/any sponsor is paying your finances. One option is to transfer money to your DB account.
    If that’s not possible, contact Embassy/Consulate for required documents. Mostly his salary proof and an obligation letter from him may be required.

 

personal status

  • One of them is required, not both.

marriage birth

  • All the proof should have the same name as your passport. Especially Birth Certificate.
    You correct them with proper proofs. I corrected my birth certificate within only 4 hours from its origin.
  • If you don’t have any birth certificate, I don’t know the required process, you can contact Embassy or your nearest place where birth certificates are issued.

passport pic

Read step 2 on this link

varification dd

additional documents

  • As per rule job seeker visa (or any national visa) should be applied from the consulate or embassy, according to your last 6 months residence. If you fall under different consulates or embassy on your passport permanent residence and current residence. You may need to prove your current residence in the area where you live.
    German Missions in IndiaDifferent consulates and embassy have different rules for this. If you are applying at Delhi, a letter from your work employer or a letter from a language institute or any proof of your residence will serve the purpose.
  • Other proofs will be asked by them afterwards when they will authenticate your documents, after acceptance of your application.
    If you have (not necessary), keep copies of (do not submit these documents along with application of visa until asked)
    – your PAN card, Driving licence, election identity card, identity card of your workplace
    – Your parent’s Pan card, election identity card, their identity card of work, Adhar card or passport (containing birth date)
    -Your siblings education proof and identity (the one with birth dates on it)

one set

  • Prepare three sets; they said only one, but they always ask for two sets at the time of submission. And one set for you, to remember which documents you have submitted.

insurance

  • After your visa approval….
    You can take insurance from any given approved companies covering your whole stay in Germany. (Counting from boarding date to return date in India.)
  • I have booked Reliance General Insurance both time. I have never used this insurance in Germany, so can’t comment it further.
    But it’s cheap, easier to book via internet and they give German sim card free. You can send your contact to friends and relatives from Indian airport. (Simcard will be given to you at Airport.)

Approved Travel Medical Insurance

(Please send me further information via comments or email if you can provide.)

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        1. Im Bereich “Institutionen” sind überwiegend ausländische Hochschuleinrichtungen verzeichnet. Ausnahmsweise (wie z. B. in der Schweiz oder in der Türkei) sind auch Sekundarschulen erfasst, wenn dies für die Bewertung ausländischer Schulabschlüsse hinsichtlich des Hochschulzugangs erforderlich ist. Anhand des Institutionstyps ist die Art der verzeichneten Institution leicht zu erkennen.

          Mit Hilfe der Informationen im Bereich “Institutionen” kann festgestellt werden, ob es sich bei einer Einrichtung, an der ein Abschluss erworben wurde, um eine Hochschuleinrichtung handelt oder nicht. Die Institutionen sind, sofern von Bedeutung, mit ihrer Historie und den eventuell existierenden alternativen Bezeichnungen dokumentiert. So ist es möglich, auch Institutionen aufzufinden, die es zum heutigen Zeitpunkt nicht mehr gibt oder die ihren Namen geändert haben. Darüber hinaus können Institutionen recherchiert werden, für die mehrere Bezeichnungen gebräuchlich sind.

          Die Einrichtungen sind in Gruppen, den sogenannten “Institutionstypen”, zusammengefasst und mit einem bestimmten “Status” versehen. Am Status kann abgelesen werden, ob eine Institution als Hochschule betrachtet werden kann oder nicht. Der Status einer Institution kann H+, H- und H+/- sein.

          H+ bedeutet, dass die betreffende Institution in ihrem Sitzland als Hochschule anerkannt ist und auch in Deutschland als Hochschulinstitution betrachtet wird. H- bedeutet, dass die Anerkennung/Akkreditierung im Herkunftsstaat fehlt und/oder keine Einstufung als Hochschule in Deutschland erfolgen kann. H+/- kennzeichnet Institutionen, für die keine eindeutige Aussage getroffen werden kann. Dies ist z.B. der Fall, wenn an einer Institution bestimmte Studiengänge angeboten werden, die dem Hochschulbereich angehören, während andere nach Dauer und Niveau darunter liegen oder nicht akkreditiert sind. In solchen Fällen ist die Prüfung des einzelnen Abschlusses erforderlich. Ein Blick in den Kommentar zum Institutionstypus kann in diesem Zusammenhang wichtige Zusatzinformationen liefern.

          Bei den HochschuIinstitutionen in anabin finden sich in der Regel auch Informationen über die dort zu erwerbenden Abschlüsse. Dies führt häufig zu Fehlinterpretationen, da angenommen wird, dass die Auflistung der Abschlüsse an den Hochschulen vollständig sei. Dies ist jedoch nicht der Fall und kann angesichts der Vielzahl von Abschlüssen, die an den einzelnen Hochschulen erworben werden können, auch nie erreicht werden. Die Tatsache, dass ein Abschluss bei einer Hochschule nicht aufgeführt ist, bedeutet also nicht zwangsläufig, dass er dort nicht existiert. Im Zweifelsfall kann ein Blick auf die Homepage der Institution weiterhelfen.

          – Anabin
          http://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/institutionen.html

  2. B Nayak

    Hi Tejas,

    Do we need to apply for any formal certificate in anabin ? I spoke with the German Consulate and they said 1st we need to apply in anabin. Did you have to apply or you just took a printout of the university listed there ?

  3. Buddhiman Gurung

    Hello Dr. Tejas.
    Very much thanks for all the Informations that you have been providing.
    I would like to ask something, please reply what would be suitable according to your thinking…

    Recently, I got the Berufserlaubnis from Bayern when i was in Germany. But just then(i.e. 20 days later) my visa expired which in my case was a Sprachvisum for 1 year during which i did the Language, took the B2-C1 Medizin course, completed a month of Hospitation too. The Auslandsbehörde did not extend my visa and so i had to leave Germany. Now i have been trying to find a job from various websites but most of them reject me saying they prefer Approbation over Berufserlaubnis.
    So, the problem is i cannot apply for a Job visa without any job offer.
    1) Should i apply for a job seeking visa to Germany or 2) Should i keep trying to find a job to apply directly for a Job Visa or 3) Should i register myself for the Approbation from my Home Country??

    Thanks in advance. Good Day.

    1. If you already have Berufserlaubnis, then you can apply for Jobseeker visa. It will be easily approved. But, before you apply, read posts and watch videos for further details and rules of job seeker visa that I posted.

      Applying approbation from other country is a time wasting task, even if it is possible.
      And use the time to prepare yourself for Gleichwertigkeitprüfung.

  4. kumar chandran

    Dear Tejas,
    The checklist for job seeker visa says that Ration card with English translation is required and also birth certificate of spouse. Did they ask for these two documents in your case?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. I do not remember clearly now.
      But if you are married, marriage certificate and birth certificate of wife/ children should be submitted.
      I had submitted Aadhar card, and do not remember about Ration Card; I think I gave a copy of it too, but without translation.

  5. Buddhiman Gurung

    Thank You for the reply. I have already watched your videos regarding the Job Seeker Visa. They re very helpful. I wanted to ask a thing more.
    As i already mentioned I am unable to find a job until this moment. Are there any job searching agencies available which helps us to find a job??Even after arriving in Germany if i am unable to find a job that means i will just have to keep preparing for the Gleichwertigkeitsprüfung inspite of having a Berufserlaubnis and let my Berufserlaubnis go to a waste. Any suggestions please??

  6. SRAVANI HUKUMATHI VENKATA

    Hello Sir,

    I am into automotive field, Looking for Job seeker Visa. I have read your post its very helpful for the people like me. I have query with the post, you have mentioned the name in all submitted documents should me same as Passport name. But In all my documents it is SRAVANI HV, except Passport i.e, SRAVANI HUKUMATHI VENKATA. So do I need to change my name in all the documents ?

    Please guide me.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Regards,
    Sravani HV

  7. Hi Tejas,
    I completed my MBA from Germany this year in February and came back to India now I wish to apply for job-seeker visa from India. Will I be eligible for 18 months or 6 months? And having a German degree and language certificates, does that help in faster visa processing?

    Looking forward to your reply. Thanks

      1. Hi Tejas,
        Thank you for your posts and guidance. I appeared for the jobseeker visa interview today and they told me if I get a job I will have to get it converted to work permit from India. Can you suggest the process after getting a job, how to get it converted it to work permit because it does not make sense to come back to India just for applying for work permit. Thanks !

  8. Dr.Arun Gopal Yadav Avula

    Hello Dr.Tejas Ghatia,
    Thank you so much for the videos and this beautiful and user friendly website for doctors. I am also a doctor from Andhra Pradesh and have recently completed my C1. Its been 2 yrs since i completed my medicine. I have worked for one yr and then was busy with the language. Sir now i am struck with the choice of Visa. After discussing with few people I came to a decision to apply for Jobseeker Visa. Sir, I must tell here that the checklist have changed sir. And there is nothing regarding the DD for certificate verification. Can check at this address. http://www.india.diplo.de/contentblob/4060726/Daten/7502166/jobseeker.pdf

    Sir, I would like to know what were the questions asked to you in the visa interview. And also wanna know, how is the prospect for Indian Docs in surgical branches? And what is a better thing to do? Whether to apply for a Berufserlaubnis in certain state first or simply apply for Stelle all over DL , attend the interviews and after getting a contract apply for it. Coz applying for Beruferlaubnis in a certain states will decrease our chances. So what do you think is a better thing to do?

    Thanking you so much in advance sir.

    1. Please share me a link of website page, where you found this link.
      – States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh ,Telangana and the Union Territory of Puducherry belong to the consular area of the German Consulate General Chennai.
      You are right that they removed it from the application form, but it is still on website…
      http://www.india.diplo.de/Vertretung/indien/en/06__Consu__Visa/visa__new/NATIONAL/DocumentVerification.html
      Please ask consulate and confirm information.
      ***
      They mostly ask about what you have done till date, why Germany, what will you do there, your future plans in Germany, Family Status etc.
      ***
      For others questions, one has to decide for themselves according to situations. Can’t give proper answer.!

  9. T CHARANRAJ

    Hi Bro,

    Thanks you for giving lot of information. I am software engineer have 5.7 years exp in SAP field. I want to apply job seeker visa to hunt job in Germany. I have few questions kindly help me.

    1. I do not have reference in Germany Is it mandatory to have reference?
    2. Kindly give me the application form for job seeker visa.
    3. How much amount i need to maintain in my account.
    4. Cover letter, Resume. Motivation letter, Obligation letter should in Germany or i can give in
    English also?
    5. German language is mandatory to get job?
    6. In which area software jobs are more?
    7. All the marks list required Attestation?

    My Embassy appointment is Aug 08 2017. I need to get all the documents before.

    Regards
    Charan

    1. 1. Not mandatory
      2. available on official website of German Embassy.! Longterm visa application form.
      3. Enough to show expenses of 6 months. Amount changes between 3 to 5 lacs.
      4. It can be submitted in either of the languages. German is the language, and Germany is a country!
      5. yes
      6. no idea
      7. What attestation? I didn’t understand.

    2. Gaurav Makwana

      Hello Charan,
      How was your visa interview?I am also preparing for the job seeker visa.how much they have charged for documents verification fees?is it refundable if visa not approved?and health insurance required during interview or after visa approval?
      We have created one group on WhatsApp for Job seeker visa guide and information sharing.you may ping me on my mobile number.-+91-9727742961.

      Regards,
      Gaurav Makwana.

  10. Madhu krishna K.S
    India | Bangalore

    1: Is it mandatory to learn German initially to apply for Germany job seeker visa and will the consulate reject the application citing the reason for lack of German language skills?
    A: yes, it is necessary. Without language it is difficult to find a job and even engineers may have to return to India. This visa can be extended only if you have a job contract.
    Consulate may or may not reject application of job seeker visa, but it will not serve the purpose of your stay in Germany, if you can not find a job.

    2: In one of your posts, you have mentioned that for doctors German language is required and what about for IT people..what are the chances of obtaining the job in Germany in the field of IT?
    A: No idea about IT, but B1 level language is always required . I would say, even if you are not using it as language of communication in your field. It is required for general communication in Germany.

    3: In case if German learning is required initially, then how to go for it. should i join any institute or learn online ? is it necessary to clear some German language certifications like IELTS or TOEFL..
    A: For engineers, other exams for English language are also necessary. Online learning works only for few people. Most of us have to join a course, just to maintain a rhythm of reading and learning new words and grammar, also improving speaking skills alone is a big hurdle.

    4: What would be the reason for rejecting German job seeker visa..? what all points should i look into before applying for German job seeker visa..
    A: documents, money and reason of Application explained properly on cover letter should be good enough to pass the visa.

  11. Naresh

    1. Is it mandatory to learn German language for obtaining the job seeker visa?FYI,I have been completed A1 level form Goethe zentrum institute in 2009.Will the certificate valid for the visa or again I need to opt for the language training?
    A: language certificates are valid for 2 years. Why do you want to apply job seeker visa if you have not completed language? Without learning language, application of Job Seeker Visa does not make sense to me.

    2.How many language levels should needs to be complete before applying the Visa?
    A: According to your requirement and what you want to work in Germany! For a doctor minimum B2 (C1 is better), for the field where language is not that much important, minimum B1, I would recommend.

    3.Just assume,As I got the Job seeker visa and then I resigned from the current company and informed the same to the company management as I got the visa and moving to the Germany.Then they finally agreed to provide the same job in Germany based up on my Visa.so,will it works or is there any restrictions as I shouldn’t get job offer form the same company in Germany.
    A: Of course, it will not work . It may work if someone from visa office, makes a mistake.! Otherwise you are not allowed to work with job seeker visa. If you receive a job in Germany, you have to apply work visa.
    And do not assume, resign only if you want! Not with expectation that they will take you back.!

  12. Biranchi Kr. nayak

    Hi Tejas,

    I am a software engineer and I was looking for information on Job Seeker Visa and came through your website. I must say, I got almost all information from there. Thanks a lot brother.

    I have 2 questions. During visa interview, do they take the interview in English or German ?
    And, within how many days one must travel, once someone get the visa ?

    And Thanks again .

    With Regards
    Biranchi Kr. nayak

    Answer:

    English. and some basic into in German. Also depends upon the language level that you have.

    Travel dates. You can decide the date after receiving visa too.
    But you may have to give dates at the time of application too. Depends upon consulates and Embassy where you apply. better to ask it there.

  13. Josue:

    Hi Dr.Tejas Ghetia,

    I found a blog post from you regarding the process for acquiring a job seeker visa in Germany. I’m currently on a student visa and would like to change it to a job seeker visa. I have a degree in Computer Engineering from my home country of Honduras and am currently taking some online courses to gain some additional certificates.

    My question is this: in your experience, how long can changing to an arbeitsuche visa take? My student visa expires on oct 19th and I don’t know if that gives me enough time to change to it.

    Thank you very much for your time,

    -Josue

    Answer:
    Hi Josue,

    Normally it takes around 2 months to receive Job seeker visa, sometimes even less. But you want to convert your visa and it will make procedure complicated. You should go to your auslaenderbehoerde and ask them, as it will also depend upon your contact person there.
    But doctors are required to present a berufserlaubnis (work permit)/approbation to get this visa in Germany, but you will have a totally different requirements so better to ask directly at office as soon as possible, so that you can prepare documents.

    With friendly greetings,
    Tejas Ghetia

  14. Myself Ejass S working in Bangalore.I am planning to applying for German Job seeker Visa now.I have read your article regarding job seeker visa process.I have few queries regarding where to apply for visa as my current address is in Bangalore and my permanent address is in TamilNadu.Please let me know where to apply..

    Thanks in Advance

    Answer:
    Ask embassy because they decide according to your situation. Mostly if you are living in an area of consulate/embassy since more than 6 months than you can apply there. Otherwise passport address.
    But asking embassy is always a better and sure option.

  15. T CHARANRAJ

    Hi bro,
    Thanks for your response, I have three more questions.
    1. Regarding health insurance: in which country county health insurance we have enroll;German health insurance or Indian company health insurance ( like Bajaj Allianze , reliance )

    2. Regarding Bank account : It should India bank account in order to maintain amount or German bank account?

    3. Travel insurance is required for Job seeker visa?

    Regards
    Charan

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