Frequently asked questions

What requirements do I need for skilled labour immigration? What is the difference between immigration of trainees (Ausbildung) and skilled labour immigration? How does the recruitment platform work?
Here you will find the most frequently asked questions and their answers!

Job Platform

Is access to the job platform really free of charge?

Yes, the use of the 4EIGN platform is completely free of charge.

As a candidate, you become visible to companies. To enhance your attractiveness, you have the option to enroll in the Next Step program, which comes with additional features.

How does registration on the job platform work?

Registration on our job platform is divided into five parts:

1. Create an Account
Visit the job platform’s website and look for the Sign Up or Create an Account option. You’ll need to provide basic information such as your email address, a password, and sometimes your name and contact details.

2. Specify Job Preferences
Indicate your job preferences, such as the industry you are interested in, the type of position you are seeking, preferred locations, and other relevant criteria. This helps the platform match you with suitable job opportunities.

3. Complete your Profile
After specifying your job preferences, you’ll be prompted to complete your profile. This often includes adding details about your education, work experience, skills, and any other relevant information. Some platforms might allow you to upload a resume or CV.

4. Expert Assessment
As part of the profile completion process, you may have the option to undergo an expert assessment. This assessment evaluates your qualifications and skills, providing an expert prediction regarding your chances of successfully immigrating to Germany. A positive outcome here could indicate a 100% likelihood of success in your immigration journey.

5. Communication and Immigration Process
Job platforms often provide messaging features to facilitate communication between candidates and employers. Additionally, the platform may guide you through the entire immigration process, offering resources and support. This can include information on visa applications, work permits, and other necessary steps to relocate to Germany.

Do I have to fill in everything to be visible to companies?

Typically, it is mandatory to fill in all relevant information, as it significantly enhances attractiveness to companies. A fully completed profile provides employers with a comprehensive overview of your qualifications and experiences. It is crucial to note that completing all sections is considered obligatory to be seen by potential employers.

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Learn German

Do I really need to learn German before I come to Germany?

Learning German is essential when working in Germany. It is the primary language in many workplaces, and proficiency is crucial for effective communication with colleagues, superiors, and clients. Outside of work, German is necessary for daily life, including interactions in stores, public transportation, healthcare, and government offices. Knowledge of German is vital for dealing with legal and administrative processes, such as obtaining a residence permit.

To ensure a sufficient level of proficiency, it is recommended to have a certified language proficiency of at least B1 before arriving in Germany. This certification not only facilitates integration into German society but is also often a requirement for certain jobs.

Additionally, a good command of German significantly enhances career prospects, opening up more job opportunities and increasing chances of professional advancement. Investing time in learning German before arriving in Germany is advisable, and continuing to improve language skills while residing in the country is beneficial for a richer overall experience.

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What is the German language certificate?

The German language certificates can be obtained through various language institutes, with three of the most prominent ones being the Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, and Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD). These institutes offer standardized exams to assess proficiency levels in the German language.

Achieving a certified language proficiency level, such as B1 or higher, from one of these institutes can enhance your chances in various contexts, such as employment, education, and residency in Germany. These certificates serve as internationally recognized validations of language skills, and obtaining them before coming to Germany is advisable for a smoother integration into the German-speaking environment.

Which language certificates are accepted by the German authorities?

German authorities generally accept various language certificates as proof of language proficiency. The most commonly recognized certificates are those issued by reputable language institutes. Some of the widely accepted language certificates include:

Goethe-Zertifikat: Issued by the Goethe-Institut, these certificates are well-regarded and cover different proficiency levels from A1 to C2.

telc Deutsch Zertifikat: Offered by telc GmbH, these certificates are aligned with the CEFR and are widely accepted in Germany for various purposes.

ÖSD: While based in Austria, ÖSD certificates are recognized in Germany and assess proficiency levels according to the CEFR.

What exactly do the different levels of the German certificates mean?

The levels of German language certificates correspond to the proficiency levels outlined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is a standardized system used to assess language proficiency in various European languages, including German. Here’s a brief overview of the different levels and what they signify:

A1 (Breakthrough): Basic beginner level
You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. Can introduce themselves and others and ask and answer questions about personal details.

A2 (Waystage): Elementary level
You can understand sentences and common expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. Also, you can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information.

B1 (Threshold): Intermediate level
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters. You can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Also, you can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

B2 (Vantage): Upper intermediate level
You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. Also, you can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain.

C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency): Advanced level
You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognizecimplicit meaning. Also, you can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

C2 (Mastery): Proficient level
You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Also, you can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

These proficiency levels provide a standardized way to describe and assess language skills, and they are used not only in German language certificates but also in language education and testing across Europe. When you achieve a certain level in a German language certificate (e.g., Goethe-Zertifikat), it indicates your proficiency according to these CEFR standards.

How long will it take me to reach the A2 level?

The time needed to reach A2 level in German can vary.

For intensive language courses with several hours daily, it might take around 120-180 hours.
In regular classes (a few hours per week), it could be approximately 200-300 hours.
Self-study typically requires about 300-400 hours or more.

These are rough estimates, and individual progress can vary. Consistency, regular practice, and realistic goal-setting are crucial for language learning success.

Immigration of skilled labour

What are the requirements for skilled labour immigration?

The requirements for skilled labor immigration can vary depending on the country you are considering. However, the following are particularly relevant:

1. Qualifications and Skills
Generally, you need to possess qualifications and skills that are in demand in the destination country. This could include a specific degree, professional certification, or a certain level of work experience in a particular field.

2. Job Offer
Many countries require a job offer from a local employer to qualify for skilled labor immigration. The job offer often needs to be in a designated occupation facing a labor shortage.

3. Language Proficiency
Demonstrating proficiency in the official language(s) of the destination country is often a requirement. This is to ensure effective communication in the workplace and integration into the local community.

4. Health and Character Checks
Immigration processes typically involve health examinations to ensure that you do not pose a health risk to the public. Additionally, character or police clearance certificates may be required to assess your criminal record.

5. Salary and Contract Terms
Some countries may have specific salary thresholds or contract terms that employers must meet when hiring foreign skilled workers. Ensuring that the job offer meets these criteria is crucial for the immigration process.

6. Education Credential Assessment (ECA)
Some countries may require an evaluation of your educational credentials to ensure they meet local standards. This process is known as Education Credential Assessment (ECA).

7. Work Visa / Permit
You will generally need to apply for a work visa or permit to legally work in the destination country. The application process and requirements for the visa or permit vary by country.

8. Points-Based Systems
Some countries, such as Canada and Australia, use a points-based system to assess the eligibility of skilled immigrants. Points are awarded based on factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability.

Can I immigrate to Germany as a skilled worker for any profession?

Yes, you can immigrate to Germany as a skilled worker, but specific conditions apply. Key requirements include the recognition of your qualifications, a job offer in a high-demand profession, proficiency in the German language, health insurance coverage, and the financial means to support yourself. The application process involves obtaining a visa or residence permit tailored to skilled work.

It’s essential to check the latest information on the official websites of the German embassy or consulate and the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Consulting with a migration advisor is advisable for personalized guidance.

What is the difference between accelerated and normal skilled labour immigration?

The terms accelerated and normal skilled labor immigration are not universally defined, but they may refer to distinctions in the speed or process of immigration.

Regular Skilled Immigration
This involves the standard process, adhering to established timelines and procedures. Applicants follow the usual steps, including document submission, approvals, and meeting criteria like recognized qualifications and job offers.

Fast-Track or Accelerated Programs
In some cases, countries offer expedited pathways for skilled immigration. These programs aim to streamline processes, reducing the time it takes for applicants to secure visas or permits. Requirements might be more focused or flexible in these accelerated programs.

In which professions is it possible to apply for the accelerated skilled labour procedure?

In Germany, the Blue Card program offers an accelerated process for highly skilled professionals from non-EU countries. This particularly applies to individuals with academic qualifications and job offers in specific occupations facing shortages. The Blue Card approach facilitates quicker visa processing, enabling qualified professionals to expedite their entry and employment in Germany.


What are the requirements for an Ausbildung?

Certainly. In Germany, pursuing an Ausbildung involves several requirements:

Educational Background
Generally, completion of compulsory schooling up to 9 or 10 years is required. Some professions may have additional educational prerequisites, such as specific subjects or grades.

Language Proficiency
Proficiency in German is essential. Since the training involves both practical work and theoretical education, a good command of the German language is necessary for effective communication in the workplace and during formal training sessions.

Application Process
The application process for an Ausbildung often includes submitting a comprehensive application to potential employers or vocational training institutions. This may involve providing transcripts, a resume, and a cover letter.

Selection Process
Depending on the popularity of the Ausbildung and the number of applicants, there might be a selection process. This could involve interviews, aptitude tests, or assessment centers.

Contract with an Employer
To start an Ausbildung, you typically need a signed contract with an employer who is willing to provide practical training. This employer becomes your training company.

Registration with the Chamber of Commerce
In many cases, the employer needs to register the Ausbildung with the responsible Chamber of Commerce or Chamber of Crafts. This formal step ensures that the training meets certain standards.

Duration and Structure
The duration of an Ausbildung varies by profession but is typically three years. It includes both on-the-job training and theoretical instruction in a vocational school.

Successful completion of the Ausbildung involves passing both practical and theoretical examinations. The practical exams often take place at the workplace, while the theoretical exams occur at the vocational school.

How long does an Ausbildung last?

An Ausbildung in Germany typically lasts for three years, but durations can vary. Some professions offer shortened two-year programs, while others may extend beyond three years, especially for specialized occupations.

Part-time Ausbildungen are also available, allowing individuals to balance work or other commitments with vocational training. Specific details on the duration depend on the chosen profession, and candidates can obtain this information from vocational schools, employers, or relevant chambers.

Do I earn money in an Ausbildung?

Yes, individuals typically earn money during an Ausbildung in Germany. Apprentices in vocational training receive a salary from their employers. The amount varies depending on factors such as the industry, region, and collective bargaining agreements. Apprentices are considered employees, and the salary is intended to support them during their training.

The salary may increase progressively as the apprentice advances through the different years of the Ausbildung. Additionally, apprentices are entitled to benefits such as social security contributions and paid vacation days. The goal is to provide financial support to individuals as they gain practical experience and theoretical knowledge in their chosen professions.

Do I have to write exams in the school-based part?

Yes, as part of an Ausbildung in Germany, you typically have to take exams during the school-based portion of the training. The Ausbildung is structured to combine practical on-the-job training with theoretical education at a vocational school.

The school-based part involves attending classes where you learn the theoretical aspects of your chosen profession. Throughout the duration of the Ausbildung, you will be assessed through examinations conducted by the vocational school. These exams are designed to evaluate your understanding of the theoretical concepts, regulations, and skills related to your specific field.

Successful completion of both the practical and theoretical components, including passing the required exams, is necessary to successfully finish the Ausbildung and receive your vocational qualification. The exams are an integral part of the educational process, ensuring that you acquire a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge in preparation for your future career in the chosen profession.

Next Step Germany Program | Skilled migration and Ausbildung

What is the Next Step Germany Program?

The Next Step Germany program is our comprehensive immigration package, available for booking through our platform. This program encompasses a complete suite of services including expert evaluation, credential recognition, immigration facilitation, and integration assistance.

What exactly does the Next Step Germany Programme cover?

It covers the six necessary steps for your immigration:

1. Expert evaluation

Together with our partner BLL, we conduct an expert evaluation of your documents and your chances of successful recognition in Germany.

2. Create your application profile

Together with our partner 4EIGN Talents, you will create a meaningful application profile, which will be published on the application platform.

3. Initiation of professional recognition

After the successful completion of the expert evaluation of your professional qualifications, we will now proceed with the recognition process with the relevant authorities.

4. Matching with German employers

German companies can find your application profile on our digital platform. Thereby, a match between exciting jobs and your qualifications takes place. Companies contact you directly and invite you for interviews.

5. Participation in our immigration workshops

To make your immigration to Germany as successful as possible, we have developed a digital workshop program for you. These workshops will help you in the individual steps and give you valuable information.

6. Immigration and Integration support

Once you have found your dream employer, we will guide you through the rest of the immigration process. After your entry into Germany, you will also receive support on other topics related to your integration in Germany.

Where can I book the Next Step Germany Program?

You can book the program from your dashboard on our digital platform.

If you haven’t done it yet, please sign up to the 4EIGN Talents platform to get access.

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