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Family reunification

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP (fee is waived if your spouse is German or EU national)

  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Should the birth certificate be unreadable, please submit also your birth certificate, issued by the Local Civil Registrar.

  • Your marriage certificate

  • If you married in the Philippines: PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 5 (Advisory on marriages)

  • If you married abroad: PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 4 (CENOMAR) or – if you registered your marriage in the Philippines - PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 5 (Advisory on marriages)

  • If you were divorced abroad and you are Filipino national: You need to have your foreign divorce court order recognized by the competent court in the Philippines, before you can legally marry again. Please submit: Marriage certificate of your previous marriage, foreign divorce court order and Philippine court order recognizing the foreign divorce court order

  • If your previous marriage was annulled in the Philippines: Marriage certificate of your previous marriage with an annotation of the annulment, annulment court decision with certificate of finality

  • If you were a widow(er): Marriage certificate of your previous marriage and PSA death certificate of your deceased spouse

  • A1 Certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL), not older than 1 year. The certificate is not required if your spouse is an EU national who does not have the German nationality and resides in Germany. For further exceptions please see here.

  • From your spouse: If your spouse is German: Copy of Identity Card. If your spouse is EU national, but not German: Copy of the passport, a current residence certificate and the work contract. If your spouse has no EU nationality: Copy of the residence permit card.

The application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your children, please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

PSA Certificates must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. In case your birth certificate is unreadable, please also submit a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

PSA documents do not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. No Apostille is needed.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents and that a verification of documents may be necessary, especially in cases of late registration of birth.

After you have received the visa, please inquire at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) if you need to attend a Pre-Departure Seminar. Please consult with the CFO in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Should the birth certificate be unreadable, please submit also your birth certificate, issued by the Local Civil Registrar.

  • Certificate of the Registrar’s Office in Germany that you and your fiancé may marry in Germany (“Bescheinigung über die Anmeldung der Eheschließung”, form 11/121). This certificate must not be expired.

  • A1 Certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL), not older than 1 year.

  • Copy of your fiancé’s identity card (if German) or copy of the fiancé’s passport plus current certificate of residence (if not German, but EU national) or copy of the fiancé’s passport and residence permit card (if non-EU national)

  • Formal declaration of obligation according to §§ 66-68 of the German Residence Law with the confirmation of the Immigration Office (“Ausländerbehörde”) that the declarant is financially capable.

  • Proof of a travel health insurance, valid for the first 90 days of your intended stay in Germany. The insurance must be valid in all Schengen countries and have a minimum coverage sum of 30.000 Euro.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

PSA Certificates must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. In case your birth certificate is unreadable, please also submit a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.
PSA documents do not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. No Apostille is needed.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an Apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents and that a verification of documents may be necessary, especially in cases of late registration of birth.

After you have received the visa, please inquire at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) if you need to attend a Pre-Departure Seminar. Please consult with the CFO in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

  • Your child’s birth certificate. If the child was born in the Philippines: Birth certificate issued by PSA

  • If your child was born within marriage: Marriage certificate

  • If your child was born outside of marriage and you are the child’s mother: PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 4 (CENOMAR) and proof of recognition of paternity. If the father recognized paternity according to German law: Your declaration of consent to the recognition of paternity. Recognition of paternity and consent can be notarized at the German Embassy or in Germany, at the Civil Registrar, the Local Youth Office or any German notary public.

  • If your child was born outside of marriage and you are the child’s father: Proof of your recognition of paternity, mother’s consent to the recognition of paternity and declaration of joint custody. These declarations can be notarized at the German Embassy or in Germany, at the Civil Registrar, the Local Youth Office or any notary public.

  • Proof that the German parent had the German nationality when the child was born: Copy of the German identity card or passport which was valid on the day of the child’s birth

  • If available: Copy of your child’s German passport

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Please state in your visa application the complete address where you are going to stay in Germany.

PSA Certificates must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. In case your birth certificate is unreadable, please also submit a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

PSA documents do not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. No apostille is needed.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents, which are not in German or English language, need to be translated by a translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents and that a verification of documents may be necessary, especially in cases of late registration of birth.

After you have received the visa, please inquire at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) if you need to attend a Pre-Departure Seminar. Please consult with the CFO in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form.

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

  • Medical Certificate confirming the pregnancy, stating the expected date of birth

  • If you are married and the mother of the unborn child: Marriage certificate, PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 5 Advisory on marriages (if you married in the Philippines) or PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 4 CENOMAR (if you married abroad). If you were divorced, annulled or widowed before your marriage, please also submit your divorce court order (plus Philippine court order recognizing the foreign divorce), your annulment court order (plus certificate of finality) or the PSA death certificate.

  • If you are not married and the mother of the unborn child: PSA Index Certificate CRS Form No. 4 CENOMAR and certificates of recognition of paternity and of the mother’s consent to the recognition of paternity. These declarations can be notarized at the German Embassy or in Germany, at the Civil Registrar, the Local Youth Office or any notary public. If you are divorced, annulled or widowed, please also submit your divorce court order (plus Philippine court order recognizing the foreign divorce), your annulment court order (plus certificate of finality) or the PSA death certificate.

  • If the mother of the unborn child is not married and you are the unborn child’s father: German certificate of residence stating the mother’s family status and the following documents: Pre-natal recognition of paternity, consent to the recognition of paternity and declaration of joint custody. Theses declarations must be notarized at the German Embassy or in Germany, at the Civil Registrar, the Local Youth Office or any notary public.

  • Proof that the German parent has the German nationality: Copy of the German identity card or passport

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Please state in your visa application the address where you are going to stay in Germany.

PSA Certificates must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. In case your birth certificate is unreadable, please also submit a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

PSA documents do not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. No apostille is needed.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents, which are not in German or English language, need to be translated by a translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents and that a verification of documents may be necessary, especially in cases of late registration of birth.

After you have received the visa, please inquire at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) if you need to attend a Pre-Departure Seminar. Please consult with the CFO in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form. The application has to be signed by your parent(s) having the legal custody

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 37,50 Euro, payable in PHP (fee is waived if your parent has the German or another EU nationality)

  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

  • If your parents are married: Marriage certificate

  • If your parents were married, but the marriage was divorced or annulled: Marriage certificate with annotation of the divorce or annulment, divorce or annulment court order with certificate of finality

  • If your parents were married, but one parent is deceased: Marriage certificate and PSA death certificate

  • If you join only one parent, but both parents share the legal custody: Personal appearance of the parent you are not going to join, at the German Embassy competent for his residence, or at VFS Manila or Cebu during the submission of the visa application in order to declare his consent with the family reunion. This declaration is not necessary if the parent you wish to join has the German or another EU nationality.

  • If you join your mother and your parents have not been married: CENOMAR or CEMAR of your mother.

  • From the parent you want to join: If your parent is German: Copy of the identity card. If your parent is EU national, but not German: Copy of the passport, a current residence certificate and the work contract. If your parent is a Non-EU national: Copy of the passport and the residence permit.

  • If you are 16 or 17 years old the day you submit your application and your parent is already a resident in Germany: C1 German Certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). Alternatively, proof of your ability to integrate in Germany, for example due to your attendance at a German school in the Philippines or a former residence in Germany or in a country with similar standards. These proofs are not necessary if the parent you wish to join has the German or another EU nationality. These documents are not required if the parent you wish to join is a German or EU citizen. These proofs are also not required for the reunification of children to refugees and to parents who have one of the residence permits listed in § 32 Para. 2 No. 2 and 3 AufenthG (e. g. skilled workers).

Your application must be submitted personally at VFS Global in Manila or Cebu. If you are applying together with your family, please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

If you are currently 15 or 17 years old and you only receive an appointment date on which you will already be 16 or 18 years old, make sure to send an informal letter to the Embassy by registered mail or fax requesting a visa for family reunion. The application must include the names, your date of birth, your address and the address of your parent in Germany, and the letter must be signed by the parent(s) having the legal custody. If the Embassy receives this application letter before the day you turn 16 or 18 years old, your application will be treated as if it had been submitted before your birthday.

PSA Certificates must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. In case your birth certificate is unreadable, please also submit a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

PSA documents do not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. No apostille is needed.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents and that a verification of documents may be necessary, especially in cases of late registration of birth.

After you have received the visa, please inquire at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) if you need to attend a Pre-Departure Seminar. Please consult with the CFO in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

The parents of a foreigner who received his first visa as a skilled worker in Germany after March 1st 2024 or the parents of the skilled worker's spouse, can apply for a visa for family reunification if the skilled worker's income is sufficient to cover their living expenses and availability of sufficient residential space.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Your child’s (skilled worker in Germany) birth certificate. If born in the Philippines: Birth certificate issued by PSA
  • If your child (skilled worker in Germany) was born within marriage: Marriage certificate
  • Current and valid residence permit showing that the skilled worker is a reference person within the scope of § 36 para. 3 AufenthG: Copy of the residence permit in accordance with §§ 18a, 18b, 18c para. 3, 18d, 18f, 19c para. 2, 19c para. 4 sentence 1, 21 AufenthG or § 19c para. 1 AufenthG for employment as a senior employee, manager, company specialist, scientist, visiting scientist, engineer or technician in the research team of a visiting scientist or as a teacher

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Please state in your visa application the complete address where you are going to stay in Germany.

PSA Certificates must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. In case your birth certificate is unreadable, please also submit a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

PSA documents do not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. No apostille is needed.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents, which are not in German or English language, need to be translated by a translator. For details, please see here .

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents and that a verification of documents may be necessary, especially in cases of late registration of birth.

After you have received the visa, please inquire at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) if you need to attend a Pre-Departure Seminar. Please consult with the CFO in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

Education

General information

You can apply for a visa to complete an in-company vocational training or a training course at a vocational school in Germany acc. to § 16a I, III AufenthG, § 8 I BeschV.

If you are a graduate of at least two years of in-company vocational training or a vocational training school or a technical college or university education you can apply for a visa for further training in Germany acc. to § 16a I AufenthG, § 8 I BeschV.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4. (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • Your vocational training contract or further education agreement with details of the occupation you are training for, the duration of the training and the start date of the training, the number of weekly working hours, the training location and the amount of the training allowance. The contract must be signed, stating the place and date.

  • Training plan of your vocational or further training (if available)

  • Proof of livelihood:
    • A training allowance stated in your training contract or further education agreement
    • OR Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (“Ausländerbehörde”)
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of 934 Euro multiplied by the number of months you wish to stay in Germany. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
  • Your letter of motivation, stating the reasons for choosing your desired training in Germany and your intentions or considerations for the time after you have completed your training

  • Your school leaving certificate, other available diploma

  • Language requirements:
    • For a qualified vocational training in a state-recognized training occupation with a training period of at least two years (e.g. nurse, baker, hotel manager): B1 German certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, Test DaF, ECL ). The certificate should not be older than one year OR alternatively A2 and a confirmation of your employer that the language skills required for the vocational training have been tested by the educational institution or are to be acquired through a preparatory German language course.
    • for a vocational training of less than two years or a further education: German certificate A2 from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, Test DaF, ECL) OR a confirmation of your employer, see above. The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

In the case of a preparatory language course, please add:

  • Confirmation of a language school in Germany that you are registered and have paid for an intensive German language course
  • Proof of your health insurance covering your whole stay in Germany, see above.
  • Proof of livelihood, see above.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).

You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you will need to apply for a clearance. You will need an authentication of the English translation of your training contract by the Embassy or Consulates of the Republic of the Philippines in Germany. Please consult with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Berlin in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the German Embassy Manila can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Graduates from German schools abroad or holders of qualifications that entitle them to enter higher education and are under 35 years old and have B1 German language skills can apply for a visa for a stay of up to 9 months in Germany to look for a training place to carry out qualified vocational training.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Your school-leaving certificate, proof of previous vocational training or studies.

  • Your CV in tabular form

  • Your letter of motivation, stating the reasons for choosing your desired training in Germany

  • If available proof of contacts to companies providing vocational training

  • German certificate B1 from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, Test DaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.

  • Proof of finance:
    • Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (“Ausländerbehörde”)
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of 1027 Euro per months of your stay in Germany. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
  • Evidence of your rootedness in the Philippines:
    • If you are employed: Work contract, bank account statements showing the transfer of your last six-monthly salaries,
    • If you are self-employed: Proof of your registration and commercial activity of your company, income tax returns and bank account statements for the last six months.
    • If you own a property: Original land title.
    • If you are married and / or have minor children: PSA marriage / birth certificates.
    • If you already travelled to a Schengen country: Copy of your Schengen visas
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of your health insurance coverage
    • Incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

General information

If you have received your notification of admission to university or a foundation course, you should apply for visa for study purposes.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Letter of admission to study

  • Proof of language skills:

    • Confirmation of your registration for a preparatory German language course, stating the type and duration of the course
    • OR confirmation that the major you chose is in English language
    • OR German language certificate B2 from an ALTE-certified language school in the Philippines (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • Diploma

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Motivation letter in which you explain the reason for choosing the subject of your studies and for choosing the university in Germany

  • Proof of finance:
    • Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of EUR 934 per month or EUR 11,208 per year. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
    • OR a scholarship from German public funds
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the start of semester
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the start of semester if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of semester if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

General information

If you have not yet received notification of admission to a university or foundation course, you should apply for a prospective student visa. This visa gives you the opportunity to meet the requirements for admission to a German higher education institution.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Your High School diploma and - if applicable - your diplomas from university

  • Proof of your entrance qualification for a German University, for example by UniAssist

  • Proof of language skills:

    • Confirmation of your registration for a preparatory German language course, stating the type and duration of the course
    • OR confirmation that the major you chose is in English language
    • OR German language certificate B2 from an ALTE-certified language school in the Philippines (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form

  • Letter of motivation in which you explain which major you wish to study and which is your preferred university in Germany. The letter should explain the reason for choosing this major and this university

  • Proof of finance:
    • Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of EUR 934 per month or EUR 11,208 per year. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

You are not allowed to work during this stay. The immigration authorities will only extend your residence permit beyond the nine months if you present a letter of admission from a university and proof of securing your livelihood during the first year of study.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

General information

Employees in healthcare professions without a fully recognized professional qualification as a nurse in Germany can apply for a residence permit to participate in a measure for the recognition of their professional qualification in Germany.

This is possible for registered nurses via the TripleWin program, as well as via the normal recognition procedure in Germany with corresponding employment contracts at German healthcare and nursing facilities with placement through agencies. In addition to nurses, other healthcare professions such as physiotherapists, pharmacists and doctors are also regulated.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4. (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Decision of Partial Recognition (Teilanerkennungsbescheid) of the competent German state authority, containing information about your professional deficiencies and the conclusion with respect to an adaption training course or a knowledge examination

  • Diploma (B.S. in Nursing)

  • If you chose an adaption training course (Anpassungslehrgang): Binding and current confirmation of the health-care facility or the training institute that you will participate in such measure and the training schedule for this course

  • If you chose a knowledge examination (Kenntnisprüfung): Your binding and current registration with the provider along with details concerning the type and duration of the training measure with reference to your stated deficits or binding and current confirmation of the health-care facility with training schedule

  • For TripleWin: Proof of partial recognition and the adaption measure are not required, instead please present GIZ confirmation of participation in the Triplewin project

  • Proof of finance of your cost of living: Work contract as a nursing or care assistant for the duration of your training measure. Please note that the employment contract requires a provision for employment before recognition and employment as a skilled worker after recognition.

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis and Zusatzblatt A

  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: B1 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Applications for nurses must be submitted personally at VFS Global in Manila or Cebu. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Applications for other healthcare professions must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Please note that if you already have a recognized professional qualification as a health-care worker, please also read the visa information on employment visa as a nurse.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).

You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please be aware, if you will be over 45 years old at the end of the adaption measure and your gross monthly salary will be less than EUR 4,152,50 or gross annual EUR 49,830, you may have to provide a proof of an appropriate pension for the work permit.
Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

An employee without a fully recognized professional qualification in Germany can apply for a visa for employment within the framework of a recognition partnership for the recognition of their professional qualification in Germany. This is possible for regulated professions, e.g. in the healthcare sector, and for non-regulated professions, e.g. in the tourism sector, etc.

The recognition partnership is an agreement between an employer suitable for the training or post-qualification and the employee carrying out the recognition regarding suitable employment during the recognition procedure and the enabling of the recognition procedure and the necessary adaptation measures by the employee.

This also requires an employment contract for qualified employment until recognition of equivalence or the granting of a license to practice the profession. In the case of regulated professions, non-qualified employment is also possible.

The applicant must have either a two-year foreign professional qualification or a foreign university degree. The official recognition of the qualification where it was obtained must be confirmed by a German authority (KMK ZAB).

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4.

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms
  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (if available)
  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis and Zusatzblatt A
  • Agreement on the recognition partnership OR Declaration of employer and employer on a recognition partnership
  • Work contract
  • Diploma of your university degree or your vocational training degree
  • Certificate of partial recognition of the competent German state authority (if available)
  • Confirmation of the competent German authority (KMK ZAB) that the qualification requirements have been met OR decision of the relevant German authority on partial recognition of your qualifications
  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: A2 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year, for healthcare professions B1 is required.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Please note that if you already have a recognized professional qualification as a health-care worker, please also read the visa information on employment visa as a nurse.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here. The responsibilities result from the BQFG: e.g. for non-craft trades: IHK (FOSA); for Professions according to Crafts Code: Chamber of Crafts; for agriculture: Chamber of Agriculture; for health service professions: medical-, dental-, veterinary- and pharmacist- chambers; etc.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please be aware, if you will be over 45 years old at the end of the adaption measure and your gross monthly salary will be less than EUR 4,152,50 or gross annual EUR 49,830, you may have to provide a proof of an appropriate pension for the work permit.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

You can apply for a visa for a recognition of your skills in a not regulated vocational profession in Germany. You need a job offer in your profession in Germany and a partial recognition of your degree. Non-regulated qualified vocational professions include for example tourism, gastronomy, mechanical engineering, accounting, electronics and many more.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4. (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Diploma

  • Certificate of partial recognition of the competent German state authority (i.e. FOSA, Handwerkskammer, Landwirtschaftskammer, etc.)

  • Confirmation of your German employer to train you for recognition in the practical fields stated in the partial recognition within not more than two years.

  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours. Please note that the employment contract requires a provision for employment before recognition and employment as a skilled worker after recognition.

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis and Zusatzblatt A

  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: A2 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.

  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,152,50 or gross annual EUR 49,830: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).
You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here. The responsibilities result from the BQFG: e.g. for non-craft trades: IHK (FOSA); for Professions according to Crafts Code: Chamber of Crafts; for agriculture: Chamber of Agriculture; etc.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Please consult with the POEA in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

You can apply for a residence permit to take part in an examination for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications for a regulated profession in Germany, e.g. as a doctor. This applies in particular if you plan to stay in Germany to take up work or look for a job.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4 (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original):

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Diplomas and deficit or partial recognition notification or interim notification issued by the responsible German state authority that a knowledge test or an aptitude test must be taken and/or language skills must be proven for admission to the profession.

  • Binding confirmation of your registration for the exam (aptitude test, knowledge test or technical language test) issued by the responsible German state authority for conducting the examination

  • If you plan to start work after you have received your professional license/approbation, please submit the documents regarding the start of work:

    • Work contract
    • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)
    • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • Proof of finance:
    • Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (“Ausländerbehörde”)
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of 1027 Euro per months of your stay in Germany. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
  • If you plan to prolong your stay after receiving the professional license/approbation to seek for a job: Please provide proof of finance for the entire period when applying for a visa.

  • Proof of accommodation in Germany

  • Proof of German language skills: A2 German language certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL), for professions in the health care sector present a B2 German language certificate. The certificate should not be older than one year.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

The residence permit includes taking the exams and the period until the competent authority announces the results of the exams or issues a decision concluding the procedure. The Visa duration covers this period. You cannot take up employment during the stay.

You can apply at the local foreigners authority in Germany for a change in your residence permit after approbation for Job seeking or employment.

You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

For pre-examination courses, please apply for a visa to take part in measures for the recognition of professional qualifications. For language courses that prepare for the exam, please apply for a visa to take part in a language course.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here and here.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

A visa for up to one year can be issued for participation in an intensive language course.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Confirmation of a language school in Germany that you are registered and have paid for an intensive German language course with lessons of at least 18 hours per week (no week-end or evening courses)

  • If available German certificate A1 from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, Test DaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year. Please note: Without proof of prior knowledge of the German language, the visa application may be rejected due to doubts about the purpose of the stay.

  • Your letter of motivation, stating the reasons for the language course in Germany

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form

  • Proof of finance:
    • Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (“Ausländerbehörde”)
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of 1027 Euro per months of your stay in Germany. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
  • Evidence of your rootedness in the Philippines:
    • If you are employed: Work contract, bank account statements showing the transfer of your last six monthly salaries,
    • If you are self-employed: Proof of your registration and commercial activity of your company, income tax returns and bank account statements for the last six months.
    • If you own a property: Original land title.
    • If you are married and / or have minor children: PSA marriage / birth certificates.
    • If you already travelled to a Schengen country: Copy of your Schengen visas
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected. The processing time of your visa application will be shorter if your documents are complete upon submission of the application.

You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The foreigner’s authorities in Germany can directly issue the appropriate residence permit after you have completed a language course that was necessary for a vocational training, an adaption measure for recognition or an employment.

If the language course is planned as part of the vocational training and the subsequent vocational training is secured, then a visa for vocational training can also be applied for directly.

You can find Information on study preparatory language courses under Study Visa.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

General Information

A voluntary service in Germany enables you to get involved in the common good outside of work and school - in the social, ecological and cultural areas or in the area of sports, integration as well as civil and disaster protection.

Information for volunteering in Germany can be found on the following websites:

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Complete contract / agreement about your volunteer stay in Germany and signed by all parties.

  • If the contract or the confirmation of the place of assignment does not contain any information about your accommodation and meals, please submit additional proof of livelihood.

  • Complete tabular curriculum vitae with full addresses and contact information.

  • Self-written and signed letter of motivation on your motives, e.g.:
    • Why would you like to do voluntary service in Germany?
    • Do you already have German language skills or how will you acquire them?
    • What would you like to do after the voluntary service and where?
    • What benefits do you hope to gain from the voluntary service?
    • How does this stay fit into your specific life plan and your professional perspective?
  • High School diploma, vocational training or university diploma

  • If you do not master the German language or do not provide proof of language proficiency, please enclose a confirmation from the place of assignment that language skills will initially be waived and you can acquire them through language courses after entry or that they have checked your language skills and found them to be sufficient.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance and covering the whole duration of your stay.

You must submit your application personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy on the basis of the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

All parties must sign the volunteer service contracts:

  • BFD: The volunteer, the Federal Office for Family and Civil Society Tasks (BAFzA) as well as the place of assignment, the central office and, if applicable, the agency that carries out the voluntary service (Träger) must sign the contract.
  • FSJ and FÖJ: The volunteer, the agency that carries out the voluntary service and, if applicable, the place of assignment must sign the contract.
  • Weltwärts Süd-Nord: The volunteer, the BAFzA, the place of assignment, the central office and the agency that carries out the voluntary service must sign the contract.

Foreign documents which were neither issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents which are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

Please familiarize yourself with any possible clearance needed from the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) before you apply for a visa. The PNVSCA serves as a clearinghouse for matters pertaining to international volunteer services including the deployment Filipino volunteers overseas. The Embassy cannot assist you regarding the Philippine exit permit.

General Information

With an au pair stay with a host family in Germany, young people can deepen their knowledge of German and get to know German culture.
The requirements for an au pair stay in Germany from 6 to 12 months are as follows:
You are 18 to 26 years old when you submit your visa application and have A1 knowledge of the German language. The host family has at least one minor child and their communication language is German. There is no kinship between you and the host family.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, with one glued to your application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Your Au-pair contract, which has to be signed by both parties and which should contain information concerning the duration, the number of working hours per week with detailed weekly schedule and the amount of the pocket money you will receive from the host parents.

  • Au-pair Questionnaire for the host family

  • Au-pair Insurance of the host family for the Au-pair covering Health insurance, Liability insurance and Accident insurance

  • Certificate of residence (Meldebescheinigung) from your host family (including children), not older than one year.

  • Letter of motivation, informing about your reasons for the intended stay as Au-pair

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form

  • If available, proof of your qualification, e. g. High School diploma, certificate of vocational training, studies and internships (only those with a minimum duration of six months)

  • A1 Certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year. If you submit your application without an A1 Certificate, your language skills will be tested at the counter of the Embassy.

You must submit your application personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy on the basis of the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will be obtained during the visa process.

The current amount of the pocket money is 280 Euro per month. It is the obligation of the host parents, to pay for your language course a minimum of 70 Euro per month and to cover the transportation costs to the language course and, as well, to contract a health insurance for you at their own expenses. You should at least have one and a half day off per week.

Foreign documents which were neither issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents which are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For details, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO). The au pair needs to present the notarized “Agreement for placement for au pair to Germany”, signed by the host family in Germany. This states that the host family has to cover all travel expenses. Please consult with the CFO or the Embassy of the Philippines in Berlin in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the German Embassy in Manila can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

To participate in an internship, a visa according to § 16e AufenthG or according to § 16a AufenthG in conjunction with § 15 BeschV can be applied for.

An internship provides insights into everyday working life and serves to prepare for a career choice or to gain professional experience. Internships are to be distinguished from job shadowing and holiday jobs: job shadowing does not involve employment; holiday jobs don´t involve the thought of continuing education.

Various internships are possible:

  1. Study-related internship EU with a duration of up to 6 months under section 16e of the Residence Act,
  2. Internship within the scope of a program receiving funding from the European Union or bilateral development cooperation,
  3. Internship with a duration of up to one year as part of an international exchange program at associations, public-law institutions or student organizations for students or graduates of foreign higher education institutions by mutual agreement with the Federal Employment Agency,
  4. Internship of skilled workers and executives receiving a scholarship from German public funds, European Union funds or the funds of international intergovernmental organizations,
  5. Internship with a duration of up to one year by mutual agreement with the Federal Employment Agency during a course of study at a foreign higher education institution after the fourth semester that relates to the degree subject, or
  6. Internship of pupils of German schools abroad with a duration of up to six weeks.
  7. If you are a graduate you can do an internship of further education in Germany (further information under Visa for vocational training or further education)

For Internships lasting up to 90 days you must apply for a Schengen visa. For an internship lasting more than 90 days, you must apply for a national visa and your salary must correspond to the current German minimum wage (except for mandatory internships).

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Your internship contract with details of the occupation you are training for, the duration of the internship and the start date, the number of weekly working hours, the work location and the amount of the allowance. The contract must be signed, stating the place and date.

  • Training plan of your internship

  • If applicable, proof of compulsory internship (certificate from university)

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Proof of livelihood:

    • An allowance stated in your internship contract
    • OR Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (“Ausländerbehörde”)
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of 934 Euro (2023, mandatory internships) multiplied by the number of months you wish to stay in Germany. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
  • Your letter of motivation, stating the reasons for choosing your desired training in Germany and your intentions or considerations for the time after you have completed your training

  • Your school leaving certificate, evidence of previous professional training, studies and internships (only those with a minimum duration of 6 months)

  • German certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, Test DaF, ECL) OR a confirmation of your employer that they have tested the language skills required for the internship and found them sufficient.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany
  • If applicable, proof of compulsory internship (certificate from university)

For a Study-related internship EU you must meet and provide evidence of the following additional requirements:

  • You are studying or have successfully completed your studies less than two years before you apply for a visa.
  • The internship must correspond technically to your studies.
  • Your internship contract with the receiving organization contains:
    • Description of the program for the internship including the educational objective or learning components,
    • Indication of the duration of the internship,
    • Conditions of work and supervision of the intern,
    • Working hours of the intern and
    • Legal relationship between the trainee and the receiving organization.
  • The internship company has submitted a declaration of commitment to cover your living and departure costs that may be incurred by public authorities. This is valid for up to six months after the end of the internship.

In the case of internships as part of exchange programs or subject-related internships, you must meet the following additional requirements:

  • You can present a certificate that the internship was arranged in the exchange program or by the university
  • You provide evidence of the mutual agreement of the Federal Employment Agency (Einvernehmen, applied for by the German employer), further information from the ZAV here.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you will need to apply for a clearance. Please consult with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Berlin in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the German Embassy Manila can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

Work

General information​​​​​​​

A skilled worker with a professional qualification that is recognized as equivalent to a qualified German vocational education can apply for a visa to work acc. to § 18a AufenthG. Possible areas of employment with vocational education in Germany are for example in craft business, agriculture, administration, tourism, IT, etc.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original. For online applications, only the originals of the Philippine documents are required at the visit at the embassy; all other documents should already be uploaded online with the application.)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority (e.g. hotel and restaurant management (Hotelfachmann): IHK FOSA, etc. see below)

  • Diploma of your vocational or academic education (e.g. B.S.)

  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,152.50 or gross annual EUR 49,830: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

You can also apply for an online application here. Once the online application is complete and pre-checked, you will be able to make an appointment to submit your biometrics and the applications of your family to the embassy.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).
You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here. The responsibilities result from the BQFG: e.g. for non-craft trades: IHK (FOSA); for Professions according to Crafts Code: Chamber of Crafts; for agriculture: Chamber of Agriculture; for health service professions: medical-, dental-, veterinary- and pharmacist- chambers; etc.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Nurses and senior care-givers are regulated professions that require a recognized professional qualification in Germany. Nursing professionals can apply for a visa to work after their professional qualifications have been fully recognized in Germany.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original. For online applications, only the originals of the Philippine documents are required at the visit at the embassy; all other documents should already be uploaded online with the application.)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority

  • Diploma (B.S. of Nursing)

  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: B2 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.

  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,152,50 or gross annual EUR 49,830: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at VFS Global in Manila or Cebu. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

You can also apply for an online application here. Once the online application is complete and pre-checked, you will be able to make an appointment to submit your biometrics and the applications of your family to the embassy.

If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here and here.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).

You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

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Healthcare professions are regulated professions in Germany that require a professional qualification recognized in Germany. Caregivers can apply for a visa to work in Germany once their professional qualification has been recognized as equivalent to German training in a care assistant occupation and they meet the other requirements for a care assistant occupation.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4.

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form
  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (if available)
  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority
  • The existence of the other prerequisites required in the respective federal states (e.g. language skills, certificate of good conduct, health certificate), insofar as they are additionally required in the notice of recognition for the professional license
  • Diploma (B.S. of Nursing)
  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: B1 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,152,50 or gross annual EUR 49,830: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here and here.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

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A skilled worker with academic education who has a German university degree, a recognized foreign university degree or a foreign university degree that is comparable to a German university degree can apply for a visa to work acc. to § 18b AufenthG.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original. For online applications, only the originals of the Philippine documents are required at the visit at the embassy; all other documents should already be uploaded online with the application.)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority:
    • KMK ZAB recognition with confirmation of equivalence to a German university degree
    • OR both Anabin excerpts on equivalency of the university (H+) AND of the degree (equivalent to the German university degree).
  • Diploma of your highest university degree

  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross salary is less than EUR 4,152,50 (monthly) or EUR 49.830 (annually): Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

You can also apply for an online application here. Once the online application is complete and pre-checked, you will be able to make an appointment to submit your biometrics and the applications of your family to the embassy.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

For highly qualified, please read as well the information on Blue Card EU.

Please note that if your Philippine university degree is assessed as not equivalent to a German university degree, it may be possible to assess it as equivalent to a German vocational education degree. Please also read the visa information for employment with vocational education.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).
You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here.

You can apply for recognition via the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). The ZAB issues certificate evaluations for university degrees from all countries in the world. A free online assessment of your university (assessment as H+) and your degree (assessment as equivalent to the German bachelor's or master's degree) may also be listed in the Anabin database, in which case additional recognition via the ZAB is not necessary.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

You can apply for a one-year visa for a stay for the purpose of basic research, applied research and experimental development at German research institutions.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Evidence of a concrete job offer, admission agreement or the corresponding contract for the implementation of the research project, which shows the salary, research project and duration

  • Proof of subsistence, if this is not already sufficiently secured by a salary (e.g. Scholarship Agreement, Blocked Account, Formal Obligation)

  • For research institutions that are not predominantly publicly funded: Obligation to assume costs according to § 18d I No. 2 AufenthG and recognition by the BAMF, Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Proof of university degree, Master or Ph.D.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

The Employment as researcher is free of approval (Work Agency, Foreigners authority) if the research takes place at state-recognized research institutions, at state or state-recognized universities or at research institutions that are predominantly financed from public funds.

If the research activity is part of doctoral studies as a full-time study program, please apply for a study visa.

If you are employed to perform a highly qualified job, you may also apply for an EU Blue Card visa.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

A highly qualified and correspondently paid skilled worker can apply for a visa to work acc. to § 18g AufenthG.

This includes:

  1. Skilled workers with a gross salary of over € 45,300 per year or € 3,775 per month who can provide evidence of a completed university degree or tertiary education program that is recognized as equivalent,

  2. OR skilled workers with a gross salary of over € 41,041.80 per year or € 3,420.15 per month who have completed a university degree that is recognized as equivalent and work, for example, as a natural scientist, mathematician, engineer, doctor, ICT specialist or manager. You can find a final list of occupations here,

  3. OR IT specialists and IT managers with a gross salary of over € 41,041.80 per year or € 3,420.15 per month who have at least three years of professional experience in the field of information and communication technology within the last seven years before applying for a Blue Card visa,

  4. OR skilled workers with a gross salary of over € 41,041.80 per year or € 3,420.15 per month who, as career starters, have acquired their university degree or tertiary educational qualification that is recognized as equivalent no more than three years before applying for a Blue Card visa.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original. For online applications, only the originals of the Philippine documents are required at the visit at the embassy; all other documents should already be uploaded online with the application.)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority (for IT specialists: only if available):
    • KMK ZAB recognition with confirmation of equivalence to a German university degree
    • OR both Anabin excerpts on equivalency of the university (H+) AND of the degree (equivalent to the German university degree).
  • IT specialists: curriculum vitae AND proof of work experience, e.g. job references, certificates of former employment, training certificates, etc.
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

You can also apply for an online application here. Once the online application is complete and pre-checked, you will be able to make an appointment to submit your biometrics and the applications of your family to the embassy.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).
You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here.

You can apply for recognition via the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). The ZAB issues certificate evaluations for university degrees from all countries in the world. A free online assessment of your university (assessment as H+) and your degree (assessment as equivalent to the German bachelor's or master's degree) may also be listed in the Anabin database, in which case additional recognition via the ZAB is not necessary.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

The Opportunity Card entitles the holder to look for a job or a recognition measure at a future employer in Germany. The visa is valid for up to twelve months. Once you have found a qualified full-time job or a recognition measure, you can apply for your residence permit in Germany. During your stay, you may work part-time for up to 20 hours per calendar week in order to secure your livelihood. Trial employment with potential employers is possible for a maximum of two working weeks at a time.

There are two alternatives for obtaining a Chancenkarte:

  1. Recognized professionals: You need proof of full recognition of your foreign qualification in Germany and must be able to finance your stay.
  2. Points system: Applicants without full recognition of their degree in Germany must fulfill the following four requirements: Firstly, you must have a university degree or at least two years of vocational training. Secondly, you must prove German language skills at A1 or English language skills at B2 level. Thirdly, you must be able to finance your stay independently. Fourthly, you must achieve 6 points in the following points system.

Points can be achieved for the following characteristics:

  • Partial recognition of the qualification in Germany: 4 points
  • Advanced language skills:
    • German language skills B2: 3 points, or
    • German language skills B1: 2 points, or
    • German language skills A2: 1 point, or
    • English language skills C1: 1 point.
  • Professional experience in the desired field
    • of 5 years in the last 7 years: 3 points, or
    • of 2 years in the last 5 years: 2 points
  • Professional qualification in a shortage occupation, e.g. as a natural scientist, mathematician, engineer, doctor, ICT specialist, a complete list of occupations can be found here: 1 Punkt
  • Age:
    • Under 35 years of age: 2 points,
    • Between 35 and 40 years of age: 1 point
  • Previous stay in Germany in the last 5 years of 6 months uninterrupted: 1 point
  • Spouse applies for the opportunity card together and has achieved at least 6 points themselves: 1 point

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms
  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP
  • Diploma
  • If your foreign degree is fully or partially recognized as equivalent to a
    • German academic degree: KMK ZAB notification or the two Anabin extracts for university (H+) and degree (equivalent to the German university degree), OR
    • German vocational training degree: IHK FOSA notification, OR
    • German degree in regulated professions: Notification from the relevant state authority
  • If you have a vocational training degree without German recognition: KMK ZAB confirmation that the degree is recognized in the country where acquired
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Motivation letter
  • Proof of finance:
    • Formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (Ausländerbehörde)
    • OR proof of a blocked bank account in your name with an amount of 1027 Euro per months of your stay in Germany. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here.
    • Work contract for a partial employment of up to 20 hours per week that covers your cost of living in Germany
  • For applicants in the points system: German language certificate A1 or higher from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL) or English language certificate B2 or higher from an ALTE-certified language school (alternatively TOEFL with over 87 points). The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • For applicants in the points system: Proof of professional experience (employment references), if available
  • For applicants in the points system: Proof of previous stay in Germany (employment contracts, rental contracts, old passports with visas, proof of studies, etc.), if available
  • Proof of planned accommodation in Germany (if available)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

The Service Centre for Professional Recognition can assist you in your professional recognition procedure. For further information, please see here.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

General information

Company specialists are employees who, based on their previous professional activity in their specialist area, have special knowledge or experience that is of particular importance to the company either internally for the operation of the branch or for external economic activities, and are remunerated accordingly.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original)

  • Your valid passport

  • Two print-outs of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Three biometrical passport photos, two of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Diploma

  • Proof of special knowledge that goes beyond company-specific expertise (references, certificates for special professional qualifications, proof of work)

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

If you already have a recognized academic degree, please also read the visa information for the EU Blue Card or for academic professionals.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).
You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process. Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note, that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Executives are members of the body of a legal person (e.g. AG, GmbH) who are entitled to legal representation (board of directors, managing director) or, in the case of partnerships, the partners. Managers work in the management level of companies and have a corresponding salary.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4: (Exception: For Fast Track Applications, you can submit a copy of German documents instead of an original)

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

  • For executives: Proof of legal representation (Handelsregisterauszug, Prokura)

  • For leading management: Employment contract stating your monthly salary, work hours and leading position.

  • Diploma

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Please note that if you already have a recognized academic degree, please also read the visa information for the EU Blue Card.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority (Fast Track Application).
You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note, that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Visas for intra corporate transfer are possible for three groups of employees.

Executives and specialists or trainees in international companies can apply for an ICT card for employment in the receiving company branch in Germany. Executives should lead the receiving branch or its departments. Company specialists have essential specialist knowledge of the areas of activity, the procedures or the administration of the host branch, a high level of qualifications and appropriate professional experience. Trainees have a university degree and undergo a paid trainee program for professional development or further training in business techniques and methods. Academic professionals can apply for a visa to be deployed in Germany within the framework of a personnel exchange within an internationally active company or group.

Employees of an international company with qualifications comparable to German skilled workers can apply for a visa to work in Germany to prepare for projects abroad. For this, the preparatory project work in Germany must aim at the development of new products or the adaptation of the products and must be implemented abroad.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Preliminary approval from the Federal Employment Agency (if available)

  • The following declaration form completed and signed by the employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis und Zusatzblatt B

  • Proof of qualification:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • For skilled worker and trainees: Diploma and proof that your degree is equivalent to a German degree.
    • For specialists: Proof of special knowledge, a high level of qualification and professional experience
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • incoming health insurance in type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponding to that of a statutory health insurance, covering your whole stay in Germany

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

You can apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.
To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

An employee with at least 2 years professional experience in the last 5 years can apply for a residence permit to engage in skilled employment in the field of work where he made his professional experience. This is possible if the gross annual wage is at least 40,770 € for 2024 and he is qualified by having completed either at least two years of training in this profession or a study program in this profession. The training and studies should be recognized in the Philippines and this fact should have been confirmed by a competent German authority.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4.

  • Your valid passport
  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form
  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (if available)
  • the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis, showing your monthly salary (2024: EUR 3,397.50 or tariff wage) and the number of hours worked and your position
  • Diploma of your university degree or your vocational training degree
  • Confirmation of the competent German authority (e.g. KMK ZAB) that the qualification requirements have been met
  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross salary is less than EUR 4,152,50 (monthly) or EUR 49.830 (annually): Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. If you are applying together with your family (spouse, children), please note that a separate appointment registration is required for each person.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

If you already have a recognized qualification, please also read the visa information for skilled workers with vocational training, skilled workers with academic qualifications and the EU Blue Card.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.

You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Crewmembers who will work as technical personnel or as operating and service personnel in cross-border shipping on inland waterway passenger ships (e.g. river cruise ships) for a period of more than 90 days can apply for a national visa.

Please note employees who will work in the Schengen area for a shorter period of no more than 90 days, please apply for a Schengen visa.

​​​​​​​Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Employment contract with the German shipping company, stating Name of the ship, Countries in which the work will take place, Ships route /Sections of the river, working hours, Off days and periods of rest, your monthly salary with a minimum (2024: 12,41 Euros per hour/ 2,151 Euros per month for a 40 working hours week) or a commitment to pay the German minimum wage, Separate confirmation by the employer for every point not mentioned in the contract

  • Duly filled out and signed Questionnaire for crew members of inland passenger vessels

  • Ships route plan (day to day schedule for the next three month OR tracking data for the last half year and confirmation of the employer that the ship will be mainly in German inland waters)

  • Register of Ship

  • Letter of Guarantee/Letter of Invitation naming person, rank, ship and port of boarding and hotel costs

  • Overseas Employment Certificate

  • Ship’s crew list of the last 6 month

  • Worldwide health insurance for crew or confirmation of employer for health insurance

  • When hiring out employees: Proof of permission from the Federal Employment Agency

Your application must be submitted personally at VFS Global in Manila or Cebu. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

For cross-border employment on river cruise ships, you must lodge your application for your visa at the Consulate of the country where you will spend the longest period. If you intend to work as a member of an inland shipping crew in several Schengen States and the stays in the Schengen area will be of equal length, you must apply at the Consulate of the country where you will first board your assigned ship and start your employment.

Inland vessels operate on routes that run in German inland waters. The technical staff operates and ensures the operability of the ship.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note, that the Embassy can request further documents.

If there is any indication that the length of stay or the designated vessel stated in the visa application are not accurate and are being used solely for the purpose of obtaining a visa with a longer validity period or to have German local jurisdiction for visa applications, the Embassy will reject such applications.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Crewmembers who will work as technical personnel on inland waterway vessels (e.g. cargo ships) in Germany for employment lasting more than 90 days can apply for a national visa.

This also applies to crew members of floating LNG terminals (Floating Storage and Regasification Units) and associated shuttle tankers in German territorial waters, insofar as they are necessary for their operation and for ensuring their operability when handling and regasifying LNG.

Please note employees who will work in the Schengen area for a shorter period of no more than 90 days, please apply for a Schengen visa.

​​​​​​​Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Employment contract with the German shipping company, stating Name of the ship, Countries in which the work will take place, Ships route /Sections of the river, working hours, Off days and periods of rest, your monthly salary with a minimum (2024: 12,41 Euros per hour/ 2,151 Euros per month for a 40 working hours week) or a commitment to pay the German minimum wage, Separate confirmation by the employer for every point not mentioned in the contract

  • Letter of Guarantee /Letter of Invitation naming person, rank, ship and port of boarding and hotel costs

  • Duly filled out and signed Questionnaire for crew members

  • Overseas Employment Certificate

  • Day to day schedule for the next three months OR proof of a ship route from the last 6 month through German inland waters with confirmation from the captain of similar route planning for the planned period of employment (not required for stationary use on LNG ships or coastal shipping)

  • Ship’s crew list of the last 6 months

  • Register of Ship

  • Worldwide health insurance for crew or confirmation of employer for health insurance

  • When hiring out employees: Proof of permission from the Federal Employment Agency

Your application must be submitted personally at VFS Global in Manila or Cebu. Once you have obtained all necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Inland vessels operate on routes that run in German inland waters. The technical staff operates and ensures the operability of the ship.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note, that the Embassy can request further documents.

If there is any indication that the length of stay or the designated vessel stated in the visa application are not accurate and are being used solely for the purpose of obtaining a visa with a longer validity period or to have German local jurisdiction for visa applications, the Embassy will reject such applications.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Philippine professional drivers in road haulage (truck driver) and bus drivers can be employed by their training employer to acquire the EU or EEA driver's license and the basic qualification within 15 months. You can apply for a visa acc. to § 19c I AufenthG, § 24a II BeschV.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application forms

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis with Zusatzblatt C

  • Employment contract for the time of the qualification measure AND employer's commitment for further employment after passing the basic qualification and acquiring the EU or EEA driver's license.

  • Information on the planned measures to obtain a driving license and the required qualifications, e.g. confirmation of registration for a course or training contract with a driving school in Germany.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Current professional driver’s license

  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,152.50 or gross annual EUR 49,830: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Professional drivers who have completed a German or a recognized foreign qualified vocational training as professional drivers can get a visa for employment as a skilled worker with vocational training.
Professional drivers who already hold an EU/EEA driving license of classes C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D or DE AND the basic qualification or accelerated basic qualification in accordance with Directive 2003/59/EC and Directive 2006/126 /EC can apply directly for a visa as a professional driver.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
Alternatively, your employer in Germany can also submit an application for you in accordance with § 81a AufenthG (accelerated procedure for skilled workers) at the competent foreigners authority and then send you the preliminary approval of the foreigners authority.
You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note, that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW). Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

With this visa, foreigners can be employed in German coastal waters in order to carry out activities for the construction and repair of wind turbines at sea and offshore connection lines, including loading and unloading work in the port and other activities on the ships used for this purpose.

Please note employees who will work in the Schengen area for a shorter period of no more than 90 days within 12 months, please apply for a Schengen visa.

​​​​​​​Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies of each original in paper format A4:

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and working hours, minimum wage (2024: 12,41 Euros per hour/ 2,151 Euros per month for a 40 working hours week) or commitment to pay the German minimum wage

  • Seafarer: Overseas Employment Certificate

  • Seafarer: Ship Register

  • Duly filled and signed Questionnaire on employment for offshore wind turbines

  • Employer's statement of employment at the offshore wind power project

  • Proof of health insurance or declaration of employer for health insurance

  • When hiring out employees: Proof of permission from the Federal Employment Agency

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy. Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Maintenance work (control and care activities) is not included, but repair work (repair and replacement activities) is.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note, that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.

General information

Employees can apply for a residence permit to pursue any employment subject to social insurance contributions in Germany.

This requires approval from the Federal Employment Agency, for which the following conditions must be met: The quota set by the Federal Employment Agency has not been exhausted. The employment must be for at least 30 hours per week on a regular basis. The employer is bound by a collective agreement in accordance with §§ 3 or 5 TVG. The foreign employee is employed under the applicable collectively agreed working conditions. The employer bears the necessary travel costs for the employee; this applies to both the outward and return journey. The employer employs foreign workers in the company of assignment on the basis of Section 15d BeschV for a maximum of ten months within a twelve-month period.

Please submit the following documents for your application, one original with one copy of each original in paper format A4.

  • Your valid passport

  • One print-out of your duly filled and signed application form

  • Two biometrical passport photos, one of which glued to the application form

  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP

  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (if available)

  • The following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis and Zusatzblatt D,

  • Valid Collective agreement of the employer (Tarifvertrag)

  • Proof of health insurance coverage

    • Certificate of the German statutory health insurance with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance cover from entry coverage from the date of entry
    • OR a certificate from a private health insurance company with indicated confirmation of the validity of the health insurance coverage from the date of entry, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance,
    • OR an incoming health insurance for the period between the arrival and start of employment subject to social security contributions, if the type and scope of health insurance coverage corresponds to that of a statutory health insurance.

Your application must be submitted personally at the German Embassy.

Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, please register for an appointment here.

Please note:

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

If you already have a recognized qualification, please also read the visa information for skilled workers with vocational training, skilled workers with academic qualifications and the EU Blue Card.

To speed up the process, we recommend having your employer apply for a pre-approval from the competent German employment authority (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and to submit your visa application together with the pre-approval letter.
You can also apply without a pre-approval of German authorities. Approval will then be obtained during the visa process.

Foreign documents which neither were issued in the Philippines nor in Germany must be legalized or have an apostille.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Please note that the Embassy can request further documents.

After you have received the visa, you may need to apply for a clearance from the Department of Migrant Worker (DMW) Please consult with the DMW in due course regarding the procedure and bear in mind that the Embassy can offer neither advice nor support in this matter.


National German law on immigration (only in German)

These laws are the legal basis for the visa decision. They are only available in German language:

Have a nice trip!

Your visa shows your name, passport number and your photograph. You can see the validity period of your visa, i.e. the time you can enter Germany and may have to apply for a domestic residence permit. Please check that all information on the visa label is correct upon receipt. Any errors should be reported to the visa office immediately.

Please check if you need to apply for a clearance from Philippine authorities (POEA, CFO, PNVCSA) to exit the Philippines.

After entering Germany, you should register at the competent Residents Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) and make an appointment at the Aliens Authority (Ausländerbehörde).

We wish you a pleasant trip to Germany!

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