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Family reunion

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

Incomplete applications will be decided 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.

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two print-outs of your duly filled and signed application form which must to be downloaded here
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each 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)
  • 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 has not the German nationality and holds a Blue Card EU, an ICT card or a mobile ICT card or a residence permit according to the sections 18a, 18b subsection 1, 18c subsection 3, 18d, 18f, 19c subsection 1 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) for an employment as leading management, as executive, as company specialist, as scientist, as engineer or technician in a research team of a visiting scientist or as teacher, 19c subsection 2 or 4 sentence 1 or section 21 AufenthG. The certificate is also 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.

Please note:

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 were neither 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 advise nor support in this matter.

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

Incomplete applications will be decided on the basis of 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.

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two print-outs of your duly filled and signed application form which must to be downloaded here
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each 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. The certificate is not required if your fiancé is an EU national who does not have the German nationality but who has residence in Germany
  • 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.

Please note:

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 were neither 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 advise nor support in this matter. 

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

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

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two printouts of your duly filled and signed application form which can to be downloaded here.
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each 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 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

Please note:

Please state in your visa application under no. 6 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 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 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 advise nor support in this matter.

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

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

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two printouts of your duly filled and signed application form which can to be downloaded here.
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each 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

Please note:

Please state in your visa application under no. 6 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 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 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 advise nor support in this matter.

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.

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

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two printouts of your duly filled and signed application form which must to be downloaded here. The application has to be signed by your parent(s) having the legal custody
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each 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.

Please note:

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 were neither 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 advise 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Your training contract 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 training
  • If available: Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority
  • 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)
  • If you are planning a qualified vocational training in a state-recognized or comparably regulated training occupation with a training period of at least two years (e.g. butcher, 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 a confirmation of your employer that the language skills required for the specific qualified vocational training have been tested by the educational institution or are to be acquired through a preparatory German language course (up to 6 months).
    • For vocational training in the health care sector, present a language certificate for German B2 OR present a language certificate B1 and a confirmation of the training institute that B2 will be acquired during the training. The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • If you intend to do another vocational training of less than two years: German certificate A2 from an ALTE-certified language school (Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc, Test DaF, ECL). The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • In the case of a preparatory language course please add:
    • Proof of livelihood:
      • training contract and plan: training salary for the duration of language course as first part of the vocational training
      • 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 1027 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
    • 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 as a resident in Germany (covering your whole stay in Germany, a travel health insurance is not sufficient)

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.

General information 

Graduates from German schools abroad or holders of qualifications that entitle them to enter higher education and are under 25 years old and have good German language skills can apply for a visa for a stay of up to 6 months in Germany to look for a training place to carry out qualified vocational training.

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Your school-leaving certificate, proof of previous vocational training or studies.
  • Proof of the equivalence of your Philippine school or university degree with a German school-leaving certificate (Reifezeugnis), e.g. Anabin extract or KMK ZAB letter of recognition with confirmation of equivalence to the German school-leaving certificate (Reifezeugnis)
  • 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 B2 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 as a resident in Germany (covering your whole stay in Germany, a travel health insurance is not sufficient)

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Letter of admission to study
  • Confirmation of your registration for a preparatory German language course, stating the type and duration of the course (not needed, if you have already B2 German language skills or if the major you chose is in English language)
  • Your High School diploma and - if applicable - your diplomas from university
  • If available: German language certificates from an ALTE-certified language school in the Philippines (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL). Please note: Without prior knowledge of German, the Embassy may reject your application because of doubts concerning your residence purpose. The certificate should not be older than one year.
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • 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. Please note that the amount for the blocked account will increase to EUR 934 per month from January 1st, 2023. You must therefore provide proof of an amount of EUR 11,208 for the blocked account when you apply from October 1st, 2022. For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here
    • Or, if applicable, a scholarship from German public funds
  • Proof of health insurance (please inquire at university)

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Your High School diploma and - if applicable - your diplomas from university
  • Proof of your entrance qualification for a German University, for example by Uni Assist
  • Confirmation of your registration for a preparatory German language course, stating the type and duration of the course (not needed, if you have already the language skills necessary for your intended study)
  • If available: German language certificates from an ALTE-certified language school in the Philippines (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc or TestDaF). Please note: Without prior knowledge of German, the Embassy may reject your application because of doubts concerning your residence purpose. 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. Please note that the amount for the blocked account will increase to EUR 934 per month from January 1st, 2023. You must therefore provide proof of an amount of EUR 8,406 for the blocked account when you apply from October 1st, 2022.  For further information concerning a blocked account in Germany, please see here
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of your health insurance as a resident in Germany (a travel health insurance is not sufficient)

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 registered nurse without a full recognition as a qualified nurse in Germany can apply for a residence permit to take part in a measure for the recognition of his professional qualification in Germany.

Registered nurses can do this via the TripleWin program, a German-Philippine bilateral agreement for a one-year stay for the recognition of a professional health care qualification acquired abroad organized by GIZ.

Alternatively, you can go along the regular recognition procedure in Germany with corresponding employment contracts from German health-care facilities mediated by agencies.

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

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.

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).

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • 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
  • 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 OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis and Zusatzblatt A
  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: B2 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL) or B1 certificate plus a confirmation for a B2 language course during the adaption measure. For TripleWin only B1 certificate necessary. The certificate should not be older than one year.

Please note:

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

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 4,015 or gross annual EUR 48,180, 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 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

Do you have a partial recognition comparable to a German vocational education and only lack some practical skills and knowledge; you already speak some German and have a job offer in your profession in Germany? You can apply for a visa for a recognition of your skills in a not regulated profession in Germany. There is qualified vocational education to work, for example, in the areas of tourism, gastronomy, mechanical engineering, accounting, electronics, etc.)

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Diploma and 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 OR 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 4,015 or gross annual EUR 48,180: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

Please note:

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.

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • If you plan to start work after you have received your professional license/approbation: Please submit the documents regarding the start of 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 OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of your health insurance as a resident in Germany (a travel health insurance is not sufficient)
  • 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.

Please note:

The residence permit includes taking the exams and the period until the 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.

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.

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Please consult with the POEA in due course regarding the proced

General information

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

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • For language courses in preparation for vocational training or work stays, please present contracts or binding commitments from the future employer
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of your health insurance as a resident in Germany (covering your whole stay in Germany, a travel health insurance is not sufficient)

Please note:

Employment is not permitted during the language course.

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.

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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:

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

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy on the basis of 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.

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two print-outs of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each application form
  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • 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.
  • health insurance certificate for the time of the voluntary service in Germany
  • 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?
  • If available, proofs of your qualification, for example High School diploma, certificate of vocational training, studies and internships (only those with a minimum duration of six months)
  • 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.

Please note:

 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.

Your Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority, see http://www.psaserbilis.com.ph . The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). The PNVSCA serves as a clearinghouse for matters pertaining to international volunteer services including the deployment Filipino volunteers overseas. 

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.

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

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

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy on the basis of 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.

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

  • Your valid passport
  • Two print-outs of your duly filled and signed application form
  • Three biometrical passport photos, with one glued to each application form
  • Visa fee 75 Euro, payable in PHP
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • 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. The current amount is 280 Euro per month. Please note: It is the obligation of the host parents to contract a health insurance for you at their own expenses.
  • 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
  • Copies of the identity cards OR the certificate of residence from your host parents.
  • Letter of motivation, informing about your reasons for the intended stay as Au-pair
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • If available, proofs of your qualification, for example 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). If you submit your application without an A1 Certificate, your language skills will be tested at the counter of the Embassy. The certificate should not be older than one year.

Please note:

Your Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.

Work

General information

A skilled worker with vocational education has a qualified German vocational training or a foreign professional qualification that is equivalent to a qualified German vocational education. They can apply for a visa to work after their professional qualifications have been fully recognized in Germany. There are training occupations, for example, in the areas of tourism, mechanical engineering, accounting, electronics, etc.)

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.

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Diploma and Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,015 or gross annual EUR 48,180: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

Please note:

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

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • 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 4,015 or gross annual EUR 48,180: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

Please note:

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

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

A skilled worker with academic education has a German university degree, a recognized foreign university degree or a foreign university degree that is comparable to a German university degree. With the recognized university degree, you can apply for a visa to work as an academic skilled worker.

Requirements for the EU Blue Card: You must have a university degree that is recognized as equivalent and earn a minimum gross annual salary of Euro 58,400 or per month Euro 4,866.67 (2023). For the so-called MINT professions (professions in the fields of science, mathematics, medicine as well as engineering and IT specialists), the annual minimum gross salary is Euro 45,552 or per month Euro 3,796 (2023).

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Diploma and Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority, e.g. the KMK ZAB letter of recognition with confirmation of the equivalence of the university degree or the two Anabin excerpts on university (H+) and degree (equivalent to the German university degree).
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • For non-Blue Card: If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 4,015 or gross annual EUR 48,180: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

Please note:

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

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Proof of university degree, Master or Ph.D.
  • 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
  • Letter of invitation from the university or research institution with a description of the scientific activity
  • Proof of subsistence, if this is not already sufficiently secured by a salary
  • 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

Please note:

The Employment 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 can also apply for an EU Blue Card visa. Requirements for the EU Blue Card: You must have a university degree that is recognized as equivalent and earn a minimum gross annual salary of € 58.400 € (2023). For the so-called MINT professions (professions in the fields of science, mathematics, medicine as well as engineering and IT specialists), the annual minimum gross salary is € 45.552 (2023).

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 jobseeker visa for up to six months, if you are a skilled worker and do not yet have an employment contract.

A skilled worker with an academic qualification has a German university degree, a recognized foreign university degree or a foreign university degree that is comparable to a German university degree.

A skilled worker with a qualified German vocational education or a foreign professional qualification that is equivalent to a qualified German vocational education does need to speak German at B1 level.

Please note that if your local university degree has been assessed as not equivalent to a German university degree, it may be possible to assess it as equivalent to a German vocational education.

Please read the information on the recognition procedure for visas for qualified employment with vocational education and visas for qualified employment with academic education.

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

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • For applicants with academic education: Diploma and Certificate of Recognition of the competent German state authority, e.g. the KMK ZAB letter of recognition with confirmation of the equivalence of the university degree or the two Anabin excerpts on university (H+) and degree (equivalent to the German university degree).
  • For applicants with vocational education: Diploma of your vocational training or your university degree. In the case of a university degree, please enclose an assessment of your degree with regard to equivalence with a German vocational school degree, e.g. notification of recognition from the responsible state authority in Germany (e.g. hotel specialist: IHK FOSA, farmer: Chamber of Agriculture, etc.
  • For applicants with vocational education: German language B1 certificates 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
  • Motivation letter
  • 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 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 .
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany
  • Proof of your health insurance as a resident in Germany (a travel health insurance is not sufficient)

Please note:

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

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 

An IT specialist with significant professional experience with at least 3 years professional experience in the last 7 years can apply for a residence permit to engage in skilled employment in jobs in the field of information and communications technology. This is possible even without completing a university degree or vocational qualification if the gross annual wage is at least 52,560 € for 2023. If you already have a recognized academic degree, please read the instructions for Blue Card, as well.

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.

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community sets the necessary minimum wage once a year. For 2023, the minimum gross wage is 4,380 € monthly or 52,560 € per annum.
  • Job description (if available)
  • Proof of professional experience in the IT sphere (at least three years in the last seven years)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates and diplomas if available
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: B1 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL) – exceptions can be made if employer confirms English as work language. The certificate should not be older than one year.

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

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 who are remunerated accordingly.

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

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.

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and work hours.
  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 3,905 or gross annual EUR 46,860: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.
  • Job description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of special knowledge that goes beyond company-specific expertise (references, certificates for special professional qualifications, proof of work)
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Please submit the following documents for your application, original with two copies 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • For executives: Proof of legal representation (Handelsregisterauszug, Prokura)
  • For leading management: Employment contract stating your monthly salary, work hours and leading position.
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 from the Philippines 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

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 be deployed in Germany within the framework of a personnel exchange within an internationally active company or group and apply for a visa for this.

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.

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.

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

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.

Please include one set of copies of your supporting documents with each of the two printouts of your application form, along with the original documents.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • For executive: Proof of your position, unless this is already stated in the employment contract
  • For employees with academic qualifications and trainees: university degree and proof that your degree is equivalent to a German university degree.
  • For employees with vocational training of comparable qualifications: Diploma of your vocational training or your degree and proof of its equivalency with a German vocational school degree.
  • For specialists: Proof of special knowledge, a high level of qualification and professional experience
  • Foreign employment contract and additional agreement for the duration of the assignment in the German part of the company or employment contract with a German branch, from which your monthly salary and the number of working hours result and confirmation that you will return to the posting company after the end of your work in Germany
  • For trainees: Trainee contract, from which the trainee program and remuneration result
  • Preliminary approval from the Federal Employment Agency OR the following declaration form completed and signed by the employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis und Zusatzblatt B

Please note:

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • 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 wage of 12 euros per hour 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
  • Questionnaire for crew members
  • Overseas Employment Certificate
  • Register of Ships
  • Worldwide health insurance for crew or confirmation of employer for health insurance
  • When hiring out employees: Proof of permission from the Federal Employment Agency

Please note:

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 seafarer 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.

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your Philippine professional Drivers License
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Agreement on participation in qualification measures, employment contract stating your monthly salary, content and working hours and employer's commitment for further employment after passing the basic qualification and acquiring the EU or EEA driver's license.
  • Pre-approval from the competent German employment authority OR pre-approval for the accelerated procedure for skilled workers of the competent foreigners authority OR the following declaration form filled and signed by your employer: Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis
  • If you are already over 45 years old and your gross monthly salary is less than EUR 3,905 or gross annual EUR 46,860: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.
  • Proof of sufficient German language knowledge: B1 certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (only Goethe Institut, ÖSD, telc, TestDaF, ECL), A2 can be accepted if the employer confirms participation in the language course for B1 during the qualification. 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 4,015 or gross annual EUR 48,180: Please provide proof of an appropriate pension.

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

Please note:

This Visa only applies to employment that does not require an EU or EEA driver's license and no basic qualification or accelerated basic qualification.

The employment contract must oblige the employee to take part in measures to acquire the necessary German driver's license and qualifications, the working conditions must be designed in such a way that, in addition to employment, the German driver's license and the qualification, including the issuance of the documents, can be acquired within 15 months.

The employer must submit a specific job offer for employment subject to social security contributions as a professional driver in road haulage or a bus driver for the period after obtaining the German driving license and the qualification.

With the employment, you secure your livelihood. It is regularly part-time employment and is subject to social security contributions. The employer must explain which measures are to be attended and to what extent in order to acquire the qualification. This also applies to participation in language courses outside of working hours.

Full-time employment can be considered if it has been agreed that the required measures will be attended during working hours or the qualification will be completed in full-day blocks.

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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 from the Philippines 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

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.

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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Your birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Employment contract stating your monthly salary and working hours, minimum wage of 12 euros per hour 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

Please note:

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

Your PSA Birth Certificate must be issued on security paper (SECPA) by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Please visit either PSA Helpline or PSA Serbilis for further information. The birth certificate does not need to be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.


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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