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National Visa – Category D: Employment
The German Consulate in Dubai has generated this information leaflet. The Consulate is responsible for visa applications of those applicants who reside in the United Arab Emirates. The application form needs to be filled out online https://videx-national.diplo.de/videx/visum-erfassung/index.html#/videx-langfristiger-aufenthalt and printed out.
Applicants are requested to carefully read the general information sheet for National (long-term) visa for Germany (which can be downloaded from our website).
Please note that incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
- A Work Visa can be issued to a) high-skilled academic professionals (university graduates) holding a German or a recognized or a comparable academic degree & also for candidates for a Blue Card of the European Union and b) skilled workers holding a vocational or professional qualification recognized by the competent German authority as equivalent to a German qualification.
- The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Germany commensurate with their qualifications. General information on the EU Blue Card is available from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees website at www.bamf.de and from the portal for qualified professionals www.make-it-in-germany.com.
Please note that as of 2023 potential Blue-Card-holders need to earn a gross salary of 58,400 € (4,866.67 € per month). MINT profession (Mathematics / Informatics / Natural Sciences / Technology) require at least 45,552 € (3,796 € per month) and shall have found a position in their field of study. For IT jobs the gross salary must be at least 52,560 € (4380 € per month).
If you are over 45 years old and coming to Germany for the first time for employment purposes, your gross annual salary for the position you intend on taking must be at least 48,180 € (4,015 € per month) as of 2023), or you must provide proof of adequate old age pension provisions.
Applicants need to be able to present a job offer/work contract corresponding with their qualification.
If you wish to work in a so-called regulated profession (e.g. in health care), you must have either obtained, or have been assured that you will be given, written permission to exercise your profession (Berufsausübungserlaubnis). Please check our separate requirement sheet (recognition of foreign qualifications)
- General information on taking up employment in Germany can be found on: www.make-it-in-germany.com
DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED
All documents need to be submitted in 2 sets of copies including application form. Original certificates / documents must be presented separately. Original documents will be returned immediately. Documents, which are not in German or English language, require a translation.
Every set has to be sorted as follows:
Application form including the declaration of true and complete information (According to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)
available online free of charge
Applicant must have the original passport & copies of the passport (personal data page including validity pages) & UAE residency must be submitted as copies attached to each of the 2 sets submitted.
Three recent biometric passport sized photographs (3.5x4,5 cm)
Do not glue or staple the pictures to the application form.
If applicable: previous stay in Germany / previous Schengen Visa
Proof of Employment in Germany
Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis & Job Description Forms
Format provided by the Labors Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit – ZAV)
Requirement: filled out including signature or stamp of German company on the forms is mandatory.
Proof of Qualification
For academic professionals: German university German university degree and/ or recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a German degree.
You can check whether your foreign university degree is recognized or comparable by consulting the ANABIN database http://anabin.kmk.org and submit ANABIN-printout of university comparison and ANABIN-printout of degree comparison.
If your degree is listed in ANABIN without reference to the university, where you obtained it from, you will first have to apply for a Statement of Comparability with the Central Office for Foreign Education before applying for a visa. Further information can be found here https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/jobs/recognition/academic-qualifications/
Proof of German language proficiency is necessary for certain professions (especially customer related professions).
For skilled workers: German vocational/professional qualification or proof of holding a foreign vocational/professional qualification recognized by the competent German authority as equivalent to a German qualification
Different authorities in Germany are responsible for officially recognizing foreign qualifications. Further information can be found here https://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en/index.php
Proof of command of the German language (B1 level certificate of the Goethe Institute; further information at: www.goethe.de)
Curriculum vitae (CV) of professional career, specifying the certificates, diplomas and qualifications you have obtained & additional proof of previous and current academic studies (e.g. Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, Higher National Diploma)/professional training/work experience
Pre-Approval of Labors Office -not mandatory-
If applicable must be submitted in original issued from Labors Office, which was issued less than three months ago
Incoming medical insurance or proof public / private insurance covering the applicant as an expat / student in Germany has to be provided at the time of visa approval. A travel insurance is not sufficient.
More information to be provided during the interview.
- Applicants, who come late to their appointment by more than 15 min, will not be permitted to enter the visa section and are required to schedule a new Appointment.
- Only complete applications can be accepted; applicants will be requested to arrange a new appointment if arriving with incomplete documents.
- Visa fees must be paid upon submission of application in cash (AED) only to the German Consulate only exact change will be accepted.
- Processing time at the Consulate due to necessary and obligatory legal requirements usually takes a minimum of 7 working days and up to 12 weeks or longer. Applicants are requested to apply up to 3 months prior to the intended date of journey. Applicants are also kindly requested to refrain from status inquiries, within the first 8 weeks.
- False or falsified documents will lead to the refusal of visa and / or further consequences.
- Complete documentation does not guarantee a visa approval.
- The German Consulate Dubai reserves the right to ask for additional documents and / or call applicant for additional information or interview.
Disclaimer: Although the information in this leaflet has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.