Guards / Insurance Advisors / Insurance Intermediaries / Financial Investment Intermediaries / Fee-based Financial Investment Advisors / Real Estate Loan Intermediaries; Recognition of foreign professional qualifications
The work as a security guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial investment intermediary, fee-based financial investment advisor or real estate loan broker is regulated in Germany.
The expertise is the professional qualification that 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 recognized. Professional qualifications can be: certificates of competence or evidence of training.
If you want to work permanently independently in the professions mentioned, you will also need a permit. With the permit, you may operate these professions permanently and independently as a trade. For permission, you must meet several requirements. An important prerequisite is the certificate of competence. You 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 guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial investment intermediary, 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 tell 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 effort required for processing.
In addition, additional 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 in the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents.
After a maximum of one month, the competent authority will confirm that your documents have arrived. The competent authority will inform you if documents are missing.
If all the necessary documents are available, the procedure takes a maximum of 3 months. In individual cases, the procedure may 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 established 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, there are special requirements: You must report your work to the competent authority 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 go through the recognition procedure either according to the laws mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. You can decide for yourself.
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