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Applying for a residence permit to take an examination for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification

If your foreign professional qualification cannot yet be recognised in Germany and only requires the passing of an examination for recognition, then you can obtain a residence permit solely for taking the examination.

The concept of examination covers examinations which are necessary to establish the equivalence of the foreign professional qualification with a domestic professional qualification and, in a profession regulated in Germany, for the granting of the power to practise a profession or for the granting of the authorisation to use a professional title. This includes language and technical language examinations. The completion of several exams is also considered.

If you are to attend an exam preparation course before taking the exam, you can obtain a residence permit for the implementation of a qualification measure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

You must prove your language skills to the Foreigners' Registration Office if proof of language proficiency is not the subject of your examination.

A residence permit to take an examination for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification does not entitle the holder to pursue gainful employment.

The residence permit to take an examination for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification is a temporary residence permit. It is issued for the duration of the examination procedure. This covers the period from the passing of the examination to the announcement of the examination result or until a decision of the competent authority concluding the procedure is issued.

Process flow

The residence permit must be applied for at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence. The procedure is as follows:

  • Depending on the foreigners' registration office and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out whether your immigration office offers the electronic application for a residence permit.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the Foreigners' Registration Office. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your proofs will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eATCard).
  • In the event of an electronic application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • If your application is granted, the Foreigners' Registration Office will arrange for the eATKarte to be produced.
  • After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT Card at the Foreigners' Registration Office.
  • The eATKarte must always be collected in person.
  • Fees apply for issuing the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority.

Who should I contact?

The immigration authority responsible for the applicant's place of residence

Requirements

  • You have a recognized and valid passport or passport substitute and, if necessary for entry - a dedicated visa.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your foreign professional qualification cannot yet be fully recognised in Germany.
  • For the recognition of foreign professional qualifications, an examination is still required.
  • You have German language skills that correspond to the exam to be taken, but usually at least speaking skills at level A2.
  • Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance coverage without using public benefits.

Which documents are required?

  • Valid passport
  • Current biometric photo
  • Visa, if required
  • Proof of subsistence (e.B. scholarship, blocked account, declaration of commitment)
  • Lease
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Deficit decision of the Recognition Authority
  • Proof of language skills (certificate)

 

What are the fees?

Issuance of residence permit: EUR 100,00

 

Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or fee exemption may be considered.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • The residence permit should be applied for at least eight weeks before the expiry of your visa, which is still valid.
  • Objection period: 1 month

Processing duration

about six to eight weeks.

Applications / forms

  • Forms: Forms can be obtained from your immigration office, if necessary they are also offered online
  • Online procedure occasionally possible
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Unit 64 (Aliens and Asylum Law)

Professionally released on

30.09.2020

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Sicherheit und Ordnung

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Ausländerbehörde
Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.