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10/25/2018 - FAQ

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In the Federal Office of Administration a Federal Office for Emigrants and Foreign Workers set up.

Anyone who intends to go abroad temporarily or permanently, makes their decision - regardless of their motives - according to their ideas about their destination country. Under Country information there is a lot of useful and reliable information on the individual emigration countries, which addresses topics that you should consider before emigrating. If you also need information or have personal questions, you can contact one of the ones mentioned on this page Advice centers to turn.

Also on the topic Return migration by Germans after a longer stay abroad as well Retired emigration you can use the information portal.

Please note:

The Federal Office for Emigrants and Foreign Workers does not offer advice over the phone, in person or in writing. This task is carried out by the advice centers of the charities as well as the private advice centers.

The area of ​​foreign law only provides excerpts of the legal texts of the respective country on request - no advice is given here either. If you have any legal questions, please contact a lawyer.

You should first ask the diplomatic mission of the country in question in Germany whether the professional qualification you acquired in Germany will be recognized in your host country. If they cannot help you there directly, they will surely be able to name a body that can give you information about the possibilities for recognition of your professional qualification.

Representations of foreign states

Would you like to work in an EU country? The EU Citizens Service offers extensive information on the Internet about which German professional qualifications are recognized in other EU countries.

The practice of certain professions (e.g. lawyer, auditor, teacher, physiotherapist, doctor, nurse, midwife, pharmacist, architect) is linked to the possession of certain certificates of qualification. You must have the body responsible for the recognition of the respective qualification checked whether the professional qualification you have acquired abroad is sufficient to carry out the work you are aiming for in Germany.

All persons with a foreign professional qualification have a legal right to a procedure for the recognition of their foreign qualifications - regardless of nationality and residence status. You can find out exactly how the recognition procedure works and what opportunities there are to start your career in the advice provided by the IQ funding program. Over 100 advice centers and more than 60 mobile offers provide individual, free advice. Advice is given in person, by email or by phone.

Further information on the subject of recognition of professional qualifications can be found at:

· Recognition in Germany

· Information portal for foreign professional qualifications

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You should discuss this question directly with your previous health insurance company in Germany and with your future employer or with your internship abroad. The "German Liaison Office Health Insurance - Abroad" also offers information on this topic.

Information on pension insurance (also with an international focus) can be obtained from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung (hotline 0800/10004800).

You can get advice on old-age provision and long-term care insurance from the Federal Ministry of Health.

Some German diplomatic missions offer information on pension insurance in the respective country on their website.

Anyone moving out of an apartment in Germany must deregister in accordance with the registration regulations. A second residence in Germany under registration law is only possible if the primary residence is also in Germany.


You must discuss the effects of a German residence in terms of tax law or social security law with your employer, the responsible tax office or the social security agency.

A list of German-speaking schools can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Administration:

You can find detailed information on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.

Federal Returning Officer

International job offers are best found on the Internet or on the advertising pages of national and international newspapers. The central foreign and specialist placement of the Federal Employment Agency (ZAV), 53107 Bonn, phone: (0228) 713-0, fax: (0228) 713-11 11 also arranges jobs abroad.

Federal agency for work

Your questions - especially about residence and labor law in your future host country - should primarily be addressed to the representation of the relevant country in Germany. The addresses of the embassies and consulates can be found here:

Travel and safety information

In the Federal Office of Administration, extensive collections of links are created that focus on areas that are particularly relevant for emigrants and those working abroad.

Federal Office of Administration
Information center for foreign workers and emigrants

50728 Cologne

Tel. +49 (0) 221-758-4999

Fax +49 (0) 221-758-4829

Info [email protected]

www.auswanderungswesen.de

There are also advice centers for emigrants and those working abroad, including at the Raphaels-Werk, the Diakonisches Werk and the German Red Cross. These advice centers also offer objective and comprehensive advice on the prospects of emigration.

Advice centers for emigrants and people working abroad

Every EU citizen of any age has the right to travel, live, work, study or retire in an EU country of their choice.

The best way to find vacancies in Europe is on the Internet or on the advertising pages of national and international newspapers. The central foreign and specialist placement of the Federal Employment Agency (ZAV), 53107 Bonn, phone: (0228) 713-0, fax: (0228) 713-11 11 also arranges jobs abroad.

Cross-border job offers are also available via the job information service (SIS) of the employment agencies. There you will also find the brochure “European workplaces - taking up employment in the EU countries” (issue 8 of the “Your professional future” series).

The European Service of the Federal Employment Agency offers simple and clear access to the entire range of its Europe-related services.

Federal agency for work

A community-wide network called “European Employment Services - EURES” has also been set up at European level. EURES advisers in the national employment services of the countries of the EU and EEA provide advice-seekers with information about placement options and living and working conditions in these countries. You have access to job offers in the respective countries and contact persons in the employment services of the other partner countries. The employment agencies are integrated into this network. Cross-border job offers are also available via the job information service (SIS) of the employment agencies. There you will also find the brochure “European workplaces - taking up employment in the EU countries” (issue 8 of the “Your professional future” series).

The European portal for job mobility (EURES) and the Citizens Service of the European Union offer information on the right of residence, working conditions and social security in the European Union on its website.

You can also address specific questions to the representation of the respective EU country in Germany.

EURES

"Your Europe"

The European Commission also publishes the brochure “The Community provisions on social security - your rights when staying in another Member State of the European Union”.

International job offers are best found on the Internet or on the advertising pages of national and international newspapers. The central foreign and specialist placement of the Federal Employment Agency (ZAV), 53107 Bonn, phone: (0228) 713-0, fax: (0228) 713-11 11 also arranges jobs abroad.

Federal agency for work

As soon as your ideas have been concretized and you are clear about which countries you are interested in, you should primarily address your further questions - especially about residence and labor law in your future host country - to the representation of the relevant country in Germany.

Representations of foreign states

In the Federal Office of Administration, extensive collections of links are created that focus on areas that are particularly relevant for emigrants and those working abroad.

Federal Office of Administration
Information center for foreign workers and emigrants

50728 Cologne

Tel. +49 (0) 221-758-4999

Fax +49 (0) 221-758-4829

Info [email protected]

www.auswanderungswesen.de

There are also advice centers for emigrants and those working abroad, including at the Raphaels-Werk, the Diakonisches Werk and the German Red Cross. These advice centers also offer objective and comprehensive advice on the prospects of emigration.

Advice centers for emigrants and people working abroad

What are the options?

You can find information on the wide range of job opportunities and current vacancies at the Federal Foreign Office on our website.
There you can also find out about the possibilities of a study-related internship at a German diplomatic mission or at the head office, as well as about training stations for the legal preparatory service.

If you are looking for a job directly with a certain German diplomatic mission, you can find out directly on the website of the diplomatic mission whether there are any current vacancies there.

German chambers of foreign trade and often also the economic departments of German diplomatic missions have lists of German companies that are active in the respective country.

German chambers of foreign trade

The provisions of immigration and labor law differ from country to country. You should therefore ask the competent diplomatic mission of the country in which you want to do an internship or work whether you need a residence and / or work permit and how you can apply for it. You should therefore contact the responsible diplomatic mission in your destination country. There they can tell you whether you need a residence and / or work permit and how you can apply for it.

Representations of foreign states

For a voluntary service or an activity in development aid, you have to apply directly to the respective agency.

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Entwicklungsdienste e.V. (AGdD) is the umbrella organization of the development service providers recognized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its members place or send experts to projects in development cooperation and the Civil Peace Service. Information about the individual member organizations, an overview of relevant sites for job search in the field of development aid and general information about the development service are available on their website:

Working Group for Development Cooperation (AGdD)

In addition, there is a large number of exchange offers by non-profit, civil society and commercial organizations. You can obtain further advice directly from the individual providers. You can find a selection here:

In addition, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth support public welfare-oriented missions abroad:

The Foreign Office (AA) Promotes the exchange of young people and skilled workers with North Africa through the Agency for International Youth Work of the Federal Republic of Germany e.V. (IJAB).
The Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa) is coordinating a qualification program for “Dialogue with the Islamic World” on behalf of the Foreign Office. The target group are young professionals or volunteers who are firmly integrated in organizations from Germany and from countries with a predominance of Islam.
The voluntary service "kulturweit", supported by the German UNESCO Commission and funded by the Foreign Office, is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 26 who want to work in cultural institutions abroad. Further information can be found under the following links:

The Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) supports volunteer social year (FSJ) and voluntary ecological year (FÖJ) activities in the social and cultural field or in environmental and nature conservation abroad.
The International Youth Voluntary Service (IJFD) is the BMFSFJ's international voluntary service. As a rule, the work takes place in the social or ecological area and in peace and reconciliation work.
The BMFSFJ also supports short-term volunteer services in the form of so-called work camps, in which international groups work for two to four weeks in non-profit projects abroad. Further information can be found under the following links: