Job Seeker Visa

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Talent Migration


The job seeker visa for Germany is a Long-Term Residency Permit, which allows non-EU/non-EEA/non-Swiss nationals, to stay in the country for six months and look for a job. If at the end of the six months the applicant has found a place of employment, they will be given the Germany work visa or a Germany work permit and will be allowed to work and live there.

Note: Having a job seeker visa does not allow the applicant to start working immediately in Germany. It only means that he/she can visit the country and look for a job during the stay.

Application Process:

  1. Gather all necessary documents and make two sets of each.
  2. Fill and submit the Job Seeker visa application form at your German Embassy office.
  3. Get your visa interview appointment booked.
  4. Your background and documents, application form, and interview will determine whether you will be granted the Germany Job Seeker Visa.


6 months



68 (approx.)


Processing time

6-8 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Job Seeker Visa?

4 Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor of Master’s Degree from a German university or an equivalent foreign degree.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in your related field of study.
  • The applicant must show proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay during the time you are in Germany.
  • The applicant must have travel or medical insurance for your entire stay in Germany or until you get your Work Permit.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Job Seeker Visa?

9 Document Required

  • A valid passport (issued in the past 10 years and valid for at least 12 months after your scheduled return) with a copy of the data page.
  • 3 passport pictures based on biometric specifications.
  • A cover letter where you explain the objective of your visit, how you plan to find employment, and your alternative career plans if you cannot find a job.
  • Diploma of your degree (or any other proof of academic qualification from a German or non-German university) as well as any certificates of previous work experience.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany.
  • Proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of your stay in Germany by showing one of the following documents: Verpflichtungserklärung (formal obligation letter) by a sponsor living in Germany, Bank account statement, or Blocked bank account.
  • Proof of personal status in your home country, such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, and others (translated in English) (as applicable).
  • Proof of your health insurance.

Talent Migration data for Germany

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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