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Foreign professional qualification Recognition of health professions


If you have obtained your degree in a health profession abroad, you can have the equivalence of your degree with the German degree checked by the competent authority.

The health professions include the following professions:

  • Geriatric nurse
  • Dietician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Nurse
  • Health and paediatric nurse
  • Midwife/maternity nurse
  • Speech therapist
  • Masseur and medical lifeguard
  • Medical-technical laboratory assistant
  • Medical-technical radiology assistant
  • Medical-technical assistant in functional diagnostics
  • Orthoptist
  • Pharmaceutical technical assistant
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist

And currently (until 31.12.2018) the following further trainings:

  • Specialist in intensive care and anaesthesia care
  • Oncological Nursing Specialist
  • Psychiatric Nursing Specialist
  • Specialist in surgical and endoscopic care
  • Specialist for hygiene in nursing
  • Specialist for management tasks in nursing
  • Head of Nursing Services, Head of Nursing Services
  • Specialist in social psychiatric care
  • Early Intervention Specialist - Family Midwife or Early Intervention Specialist - Family Maternity Nurse, Early Intervention Specialist - Family Health and Paediatric Nurse

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family.

Which documents are required?

  • Application for a determination of the equivalence of health professions for EU and third-country nationals
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form and signed in German
  • Simple copy of proof of identity (ID card/passport)
  • Your diploma in your home language and in German translation and, if applicable, a certificate of authorisation to practise in your country of origin, in your native language and in German translation
    (Note: In the case of nursing training or midwifery/maternity nursing training within the EU, it is sufficient to present the diploma / your authorization in your native language.)
  • Detailed overviews in your native language and in German translation showing the theoretical and practical subjects with hours of training / study.
    (Note: In the case of nursing training or midwifery/maternity nursing training within the EU, these documents are initially dispensable.)
  • Detailed overviews in your native language and in German translation of the internships completed during the training / studies with information on the job characteristics and the number of hours.
    (Note: In the case of nursing training or midwifery/maternity nursing training within the EU, these documents are initially dispensable.)
  • An individualized curriculum with disaggregated content
    (Note: In the case of nursing training or midwifery/maternity nursing training within the EU, these documents are initially dispensable.)
  • If you do not yet have a place of residence in Lower Saxony, but intend to work in Lower Saxony in accordance with your requested professional title: Documents that prove the seriousness of your declaration of intent to work in Lower Saxony. For example: job requests, cover letters or contacts from a contracted recruitment agency
  • Other certificates of formal qualifications, provided that they are suitable for determining equivalence, in your native language and in German translation
  • If the application process is not to be handled by you personally, but e.g. by a recruitment agency or another person you trust, an original power of attorney created by you personally is required. If the costs of the application procedure, including any necessary expert opinions, are borne by the authorised person, the application must also be accompanied by a corresponding confirmation from the authorised person in the original.

What are the fees?

Fees apply (depending on the amount of work).

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Processing duration

The processing time is a maximum of 4 months from the date of receipt of all documents relevant to the decision.

Legal basis

Applications / forms

The application can be submitted electronically. The transmission of the application and the attachments (pdf format) is possible without an electronic signature by notification e-mail to the responsible office.

Technically approved by

State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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