How to Move to Germany

This article will focus on information about how to move to Germany and general immigration to Germany. It has been deemed as one of the most favorable countries to relocate for education, entrepreneurs, or for employment.

What you need to know before moving to Germany

Below is the list of criteria or requirements for relocating to Germany, each of the criteria must be fulfilled to be eligible for relocation to Germany

Evidence of Financial Stability

Each immigrant must prove that the are able to finance themselves in Germany even when you are relocation for employment, entrepreneur or for education. Each of the purpose of immigration has a specific finance threshold that much be fulfilled by the immigrant.

Health Insurance Coverage

Health insurance is required before you can be granted access to relocate to Germany. It is recommended to get a German Health Insurance which will be highly acceptable by German authorities.

Basic Proficiency in German Required

In order to relocate to Germany, you need to some degree of German Language. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages has three (3) levels of language proficiency: A,B,C. Each of the proficiency has two(2) parts which are: A1 or A2: basic, B1 or B2: proficient in the language, and C1 or C2: advanced language skills.

To relocate, you will need to write the exams and score either an A1 or B1. C1 or C2 is required for those relocating permanently.

Reasons for Immigration to Germany

For Employment

Germany has a shortage of qualified and skilled works. They are also looking for people who can increase their economy such as:engineers, IT professionals, medical workers, and other skilled professions.

Finding a job is one of the easiest way of immigration to Germany or most other countries. All you need to do to make the immigration easier:

  • Find a job in Gemerany that can hire both locals and immigrant.
  • Then apply for a work visa.
  • Immigrate to Germany and get a work permit (working residence permit).

Their are other means to get a working residence permit apart from this:

  • The employer and employee must prove that there was a shortage of employees that are from Germany or EU that could not fill the position.
  • The Employer must prove that the employee must get equal working condition and treatment as any other German employee in terms of salary and working environment.
  • The employee must prove that he/she meets all educational requirements for the job.
  • The employer must prove that the company hiring the employee meets all required documents and certification of the German authorities.

As an employee, your can work as long as your residence work permit allows it in Germany. If your employer or company wants to keep you working for them after your permit is getting to its expiration, you can apply for an extension and after a period of time, you can apply for permanent working permit.

However, if you are an unskilled worker, it will be much more difficult to immigrate to Germany based on employment.

For Education

Germany is one of the countries that offer free education, unlike some countries with high tuition fee, schools (universities) in Germany either charge low for tuition fee or they do not charge at all.

You must get a study visa in Germany to immigrate to Germany for completion of education. After completing your degree in Germany, you can remain in Germany and seek for jobs within a limited amount of time, if you able to get a job within that time, you will be allowed to remain in Germany.

For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who create economic opportunities are allowed immigration to Germany, however, there is a certain threshold of investment you need to make and also obtain a self employment visa. To be eligible for the visa, the following are required:

  • The funds required for the investment
  • Prove of how the country economy will benefit from your investment.
  • The demand of the investment in the country.

If you maintain your status as an entrepreneur in Germany, you will also be allowed unlimited extensions of your residence permit after three years. Unlimited extensions of your residence permit mean that you can enter and leave the country whenever you want.

After three (3) years in Germany and your status is still entrepreneur, you can enter or leave the country whenever you want.

For Family Reunions

There are instances when people move to Germany for various reasons but have to leave their family behind in their home countries. All spouses and children under 16 years old can apply for immigration to Germany to join their spouses or parents.

To be eligible for the family reunion immigration, spouses must prove that they are married, and the children must have birth certificates. For children under 16 years old, it is not necessary to have German language skills since they are assumed to be able to learn it quickly. However, for children over 16 years old, there must be sufficient proof of German language proficiency and the ability to adapt and integrate.

As for spouses, they will need to have at least an A1 German proficiency to qualify. If the spouse already in Germany could work, the same would apply to the joining spouse. The visas for spouses are bound by the same conditions.