Job Seeker Visa – Why and when?
This post will discuss a job seeker visa and process. I have experienced problems due to visa and wasted my months in turmoil and waiting.
When can I apply for jobseeker visa?
If you have already completed B2 level of the German language from India… and want to do Hospitation in Germany.. Or give Fachsprachenprüfung… And search a job in Germany… Job seeker visa is the best option.
- If you want to go to Germany via Schengen visa, you will have to return after 3 months. There are chances that your Schengen visa can be extended in Germany (chances only for those who are going with Sprachkurs or Medizinkurs; not for Besuch or Business Schengen visa), and some people have done it. But it often happens that people has to return due to failure to extend Schengen visa. (I had to return.)
I don’t recommend going via Schengen Visa; if you want to complete a course or language, take Student visa, if Job Seeker doesn’t fit for you.
- Like student visa, you don’t require to pay any money to Language institutes or any Medical institutes.
- You don’t require any invitation letter from any Hospitals or Firms.
- You don’t require Berufserlaubnis.
- When you receive job; your visa gets converted to a residence permit.
“Please note that you will not be allowed to take up employment with a job-seeker visa. Your visa will, however, be changed to a residence permit for employment in Germany, once you have found adequate employment.”
- Some states in Germany takes more time to authenticate your documents (Legalisation) because they send your documents to India, and German Consulate or embassy in India authenticates them from its origin via Lawyers. All this process takes 4-6 months sometimes and you have to wait for Berufserlaubnis in Germany. If you end up getting a job in one of those then job-seeker can save your time.
If you go via Job-seeker visa your you have to pay required fees according to your region but your documents get authenticated/verified/legalised before you reach Germany. (Documents needs to be authenticated as Indian apostille is not valid in Germany.)
Problems with Job-seeker visa
- can only be received after minimum B2 level of Language
- Requires all your documents and recognized degree
- Don’t know if it can be extended. As long as I know, it’s only for six months. If you can’t find any job within that period, you may have to return. (Or you may contact consulate or embassy regarding the rules for extension of visa.)
- You can not work with this visa. Side jobs (Nebenjobs) or Probezeit jobs may not be allowed. (Not sure… please confirm from your consulate or embassy)
- Some consulates take more time for Jobseeker visa. So it would be better to ask for timing required for the visa. Delhi Embassy takes around 1 month to 2 months most of the time. (Timing varies according to documents and their origin too.)
- Sometimes it may be necessary for you to stay more than 6 months in Germany, although you have B2 certificate. Maybe you want to complete any language course or medical course and after that, you want to search a job. This makes job-seeker visa unsuitable for you.
- I am not responsible for any visa procedure or outcome. What is written here is according to my experiences; you may have to choose according to your requirements. Information written here can not be used as a truth or proof anywhere.
Next post will discuss the documents required for job-seeker visa.
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