Germany Job Seeker Visa For Nigerians

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Germany is a beautiful European country with high growth rates and low unemployment. Germany is well-known for providing free education to its citizens and international students; it is also considered a safe and attractive place to live and work.

Germany is one of the countries that are looking for highly qualified employees to work in well-paid positions, and it encourages all young and skilled people to visit and look for places to work. 

If you don’t have a job offer from a German company, you can apply for a German job seeker visa. A job seeker visa is a visa that allows a non-EU citizen to search for work in Germany for six months as a foreign national.

What is a Job Seeker visa?

The German job seeker visa is a long-term residency permit that allows you to stay in the country for six months and look for a job. If, after six months, you have found employment in Germany, you will be given a German work permit and allowed to work and live in the country.

Next, in the next section, let’s look at who is eligible for a German job seeker visa.

Who is eligible for the German Job Seeker Visa

You can apply for the German Job Seeker visa if you are not an EE/EEA national, but there are several requirements that applicants are required to meet. The major eligibility criteria are listed below.

To qualify for a Germany job seeker visa, applicants must: 

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a German university or another foreign institution of equivalent level. 
  • Have at least five years of work experience.
  • Demonstrate financial stability and must have a history of stable earnings and debt levels. 
  • Prove that you can cover your expenses for the duration of your stay. 
  • Provide evidence of job search readiness and a valid passport.

It is important to note that you must submit all the documents proving you meet the requirements mentioned earlier and submit a complete visa application to the German embassy/consulate.

Also, note that the embassy might ask for additional documents or information. 

Next, let’s go through the documents you must submit when applying for your German Job Seeker visa.

What are the required documents for the German Job Seeker Visa

The next step is to compile your documents which will be attached to your application. Including all necessary documents will help ensure that your application isn’t rejected on the grounds of not fulfilling the requirements, so ensure you add all of them.

Checklist of documents you would need to get before making your Germany job seeker visa application:

  • A copy of your passport’s data page.
  • A valid international passport (issued within the past ten years and valid for a minimum of 12 months after your scheduled return)
  • Three passport pictures
  • Proof of family ties in your home country, like credentials, marriage certificates, et al. (You must translate documents into English).
  • A valid insurance policy.
  • Proof of financial means to fund your cost of living during your stay in Germany by showing one of the documents listed below:
    1. A German Blocked account statement.
    2. The bank account statement, or Verpflichtungserklärung (formal obligation letter) by a sponsor living in Germany.
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany (where you’ll be staying during your stay).
  • Your detailed employment history summary (CV).
  • A diploma of your degree (or other proof of educational qualification from a German or non-German university), furthermore as any certificates of previous work experience.
  • A personal cover letter where you explain your purpose of travel, how you intend to seek employment in Germany, and your alternative career plans if you can’t secure a job while in Germany.

To make a complete application, you must include two copies of each document (aside from the original copies) and take them to the German embassy. You can find an exhaustive list of the requirements in the official job seeker visa document here.

How to apply for the German Job Seeker Visa

After putting all your documents together, the next step is to make your visa application. We will discuss the four steps you need to take to get your German Job Seeker visa.

Review your documents

It is advisable to go through your documents multiple times to ensure you have all the original and the copies.

Fill out the online application form.

Including a correct, filled visa application form in your documents is compulsory. The form is available for free here. The online form has five sections you must fill out correctly using the documents mentioned in the previous sections.

After completing the form, you need to print the generated form at the end and add that to the documents you submit to the embassy.

Book an appointment

All applicants must have a valid appointment confirmation that correlates with their visa purpose before visiting the German consulate for submission. You can book an appointment by visiting the Geman appointment portal here.

The above link takes you to the appointment booking portal for the German consulate in Lagos. To select another consulate that’s closer to you, use this link. Visa appointment booking is free.

Visit the embassy for submission.

Once you have successfully booked an appointment for your visa application submission, you must visit the embassy on your appointment date to submit your visa application and biometrics.

To submit your application successfully at the embassy, you need to keep these in mind:

  • Make sure you get to the embassy early (at least 40 minutes before your appointment time)
  • If possible, avoid driving to avoid parking issues
  • Have all the documents you intend to submit with you
  • Avoid arguing with officials, and decline politely.
  • Be ready to explain the purpose and details of your trip thoroughly.

Can I extend the German Job Seeker Visa?

German job seeker visas are not renewable while you are in Germany. This means that if you cannot find a job within the validity of your visa, you will have to return to your country of origin.

Also, note that you are not allowed to work on a job seeker visa. Once you have found a job in Germany, you must apply for a residence permit to work.

Conclusion

In this article, we went through the German job seeker visa and how to apply for it as a Nigerian. Also, you learned about the major steps and requirements you need to meet to create a complete visa application. 

These include compiling and reviewing your documents, filling out the online visa application form, booking a submission appointment with the embassy, and visiting the embassy to submit your visa application and biometrics.

I hope this article answers all your questions on how to apply for the Germany job seeker visa; please reach me at visa@tramango.com if you have any other questions or issues while applying for your application, and I’ll be glad to help you. Thanks for reading!