Guardian / Insurance Advisor / Insurance Intermediary / Financial Investment Broker / Fee-based Financial Investment Advisor / Real Estate Loan Broker; Recognition of foreign professional qualifications
The work as a security guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial investment broker, fee-based financial investment advisor or real estate loan broker is regulated in Germany.
Expertise is the professional qualification you need for the corresponding work.
You can also prove your expertise with a professional qualification from abroad. To do this, you must have your professional qualification recognised. Professional qualifications can be: certificates of competency or training certificates.
If you want to work permanently self-employed in the professions mentioned, you will also need a permit. With the permit, you are allowed to operate these professions permanently and independently as a business. You must meet several requirements for permission. An important prerequisite is the certificate of expertise. You can apply for permission in another procedure.
Who should I contact?
There are many counselling services. These can be found on the Recognition in Germany portal. Let an IQ counselling centre advise you personally on this procedure and your qualifications. The advisors will also help you with your documents before submitting your application. The consultation is free of charge. You can also call the hotline of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The hotline will answer your questions on the subject of "Working and living in Germany".
Lower Saxony Chamber of Industry and Commerce
- You have a professional qualification as a security guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial investment broker, fee-based financial investment advisor or real estate loan broker from abroad.
- You would like to settle permanently in Germany and work in one of the professions mentioned.
Which documents are required?
The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are in general:
The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a certified copy.
What are the fees?
The competent authority will inform you about the costs. The costs generally depend on the amount of work involved.
In addition, further costs may arise (e.g. for translations and certifications). These costs vary from person to person.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Sometimes documents are still missing from the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents.
The competent authority will confirm that your documents have arrived after a maximum of one month. The competent authority will let you know if any documents are missing.
If all the necessary documents are available, the procedure takes a maximum of 3 months. In individual cases, the procedure can be extended by a maximum of one month.
Applications / forms
Forms: Forms can be obtained from the competent authority.
Online procedure: Via the Point of Single Contact
Written form requirement: possibly
Personal appearance required: no
What else should I know?
- Freedom to provide services
If you are a branch in a state of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, you do not need recognition of your professional qualification for temporary and occasional work as a service provider in Germany. However, special requirements apply: You must notify the competent authority of your work before the first activity. The notification (according to § 13a GewO) is made in a different procedure.
- Procedure for ethnic German repatriates
As a late repatriate, you can either go through the recognition procedure according to the laws mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. This is up to you.
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