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Germany to Launch New Opportunity Card for Skilled Workers in 2024

Work in Germany. Opportunity Card in Germany 2024. If you have the right qualifications, you might find job opportunities in Germany. The government plans to introduce an “opportunity card” in June 2024. This card will allow skilled foreign workers with recognized qualifications obtained abroad to stay in Germany and look for work without needing a permanent job contract.

Other applicants must show proof of a foreign university degree, a vocational qualification recognized by their home country’s government, or a vocational certification from a German Chamber of Commerce Abroad. Additionally, they need basic knowledge of either German (level A1 CEFR) or English (level B2 CEFR).
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Requirements for Germany Opportunity card

If you’re from a non-EU/EEA country or Switzerland and want to apply for an opportunity card under Section 20a of the Residence Act, you have two options:

Option 1: If you have a foreign professional or academic qualification fully recognized in Germany, or if you obtained your degree or qualification in Germany, you can apply for a residence permit for jobseekers under Section 20 of the Residence Act. This allows you more time to find a job (18 months instead of one year) and work part-time without restrictions during this period.

Option 2: You need to score a minimum of six points in the points system and meet certain requirements. This includes completing vocational or academic training recognized by your home country, with at least two years of vocational training. You’ll also need a positive qualification result from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). If you completed vocational education and training at a German Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK) meeting Vocational Training Act requirements, this qualification may also be suitable.

Points are awarded based on factors like age, work experience, language skills, recognition of qualifications in Germany, potential for accompanying spouses or partners, and connections to Germany. Applicants must earn a minimum of six points to qualify for an opportunity card.
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Opportunity cards are valid for up to one year, during which the holder can work up to 20 hours a week in secondary employment or participate in work trials in Germany. If the holder can’t obtain another residency permit due to employment-related reasons but has a job offer, the opportunity card may be renewed for an additional two years.

The Opportunity Card streamlines the job search process in Germany, allowing candidates to work without a lengthy recognition procedure. Applicants need a university degree or two years of vocational training, as well as fluency in either German (A1) or English (B2).