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Access to the labour market

Gaining access to the labour market is not always easy for immigrants. Recognition or evaluation of foreign qualifications can help in this respect, and is therefore particularly important.

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Recognition of foreign professional qualifications

The Federal Office will be happy to advise you if you obtained your professional qualifications outside Germany and would like to use them on the German labour market.

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Looking for work

Looking for work in a foreign country is often difficult. On the following pages, you will find information about careers advice, looking for work and the standard way of applying for jobs in Germany.

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Employment law

How many hours make up a full-time job? What will happen if I am ill? You can find legal information all about your employment here.

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Income and taxes

Your income is subject to taxation in Germany. How you pay tax depends on whether you are employed by somebody else or self-employed. You can find further information here.

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Warning!

There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.Interviewers from reputable survey institutes who are currently conducting interviews as part of research projects in which data are collected on a voluntary basis clearly state who they are working for. They also give the name of the survey institute and prove this by showing the appropriate documentation. This means that you can make enquiries should you have any doubts.

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