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Background information concerning recognition

Having your foreign professional qualifications recognised or evaluated is an important step towards integration into the workplace. Since 1 April 2012, immigrants have had the option of having the professional qualifications that they obtained outside Germany compared with the requirements set for this profession in Germany. This is particularly important if they wish to practise a regulated profession in Germany.

"Regulated" means that the profession cannot be practised without a state approval procedure or without recognition of your professional qualification. In Germany, regulated professions include those in the health and education sectors (e.g. doctor, nurse or teacher). In addition, special regulations apply in some professions if you are self-employed (as a baker or hairdresser, for example).

In non-regulated professions, you do not need formal recognition of your qualification to be allowed to work (for example as an employee in retail or as an IT worker). In these cases, you can apply for jobs on the labour market without having your qualifications assessed. Having your qualifications checked can however be useful, as your employer will be better able to evaluate your qualifications for the job.

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Your nationality is not relevant to the process. Nor do you need to have a residence permit. You can even apply if you do not live in Germany. You must simply have a professional qualification that you have obtained outside Germany and prove that you intend to work in Germany.

You can find out on the Internet at www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de or from the Federal Office's telephone hotline on +49 30 1815-1111 (charged at standard German tariffs for landlines) as to whether your profession is regulated in Germany, which laws apply to the regulation and which office you must contact to have your qualifications checked.

Date 17 December 2015

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Who is entitled to apply?

Applications can be made by anyone who has successfully completed professional training outside Germany. Important: Your nationality is not relevant to the process. Nor do you need to have a residence permit.

Can the application be made from abroad?

You can apply if you do not live in Germany. You must simply have a professional qualification that you have gained outside Germany and prove that you intend to work in Germany.

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