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4 Major Benefits of the Germany Job Seeker Visa

The Germany Job Seeker Visa is a pathway for skilled professional
to visit and search for employment opportunities in the country for
six months.
It is an initiative by the German government to help non-EU
nationals find a job and settle in the country for a long time.

Benefits of German Job Seeker Visa

The job seeker visa has many benefits for skilled professionals.
Here are four of them:
- Live and Hunt Jobs in Germany: One of the main advantages
of this visa is that it allows you to hunt for a job while living in
the country.
- Apply for Permanent Residency: If a job seeker visa holder
successfully finds employment within the allotted time, they
can benefit from applying for permanent residence.
- 6-Month Advantage: With a six-month duration, the visa
holder has the opportunity to try out various jobs in different
fields that match their work experience.
- Offer Letter Not Required: Compared to other countries'
temporary work visas, the applicants for this visa do not have
to have a job offer from a German employer.

Eligibility Criteria

Jobseekers applying for the Germany Job Seeker Visa must meet
the following eligibility criteria:
- They must hold a graduate or postgraduate degree related to
STEM courses from a recognized university.
- They must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a field
relevant to their study.
- They must provide proof of having sufficient funds to cover
their 6-month stay.
- They must get travel and health insurance to last their entire
- They must show proof of status in India, like a birth certificate.

Application Process

The procedure to apply for the Germany Job Seeker Visa is a 5 step
process. Here are the steps involved:
1. Fill the job seeker visa form carefully, print it out and sign at
the end.
2. Book an appointment with the German Embassy nearest to
you. You can get an appointment date as late as 3 months.
3. Collect all the mandatory documents for the visa. They should
be either in English or the German language.
4. Know the before applying for the visa.
5. Reach the Embassy at the appointed time and pay the
application fees.
6. Submit the visa application. You will receive a receipt for the
application process.

Documents Required

The German Mission in India has set the following application:
- Filled visa application
- Valid passport
- Updated CV
- 3 passport-sized photos
- Cover letter
- Educational documents
- Proof of funds
- Proof of health insurance
- Copy of passport data page
- Proof of accommodation

Occupations in-Demand in Germany

While Germany welcomes skilled professionals in all sectors, it has
a great demand for workers in the Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector.
Some of the occupations in-demand in Germany currently are:
- Nurses
- Software developers, architects & programmers
- Electronic engineers, electricians & electrical fitters
- Account managers
- Customer advisors
- IT analysts & consultants
- Product & sales managers
- Sales representatives & assistants
- Civil engineers & architects

After Gaining Employment

Once a candidate gains a job offer from a German employer, they
must apply for an employment permit. This can be done in either of
the following ways:
- EU Blue Card:
To get an EU blue card, the candidates must
obtain an employment offer that offers at least 38,994 Euros.
- Employee Residence Permit: The employer generally
sponsors this type of permit. The candidate can then apply for
permanent residency after five years.

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