Current waiting time for visa appointment: 5 months
With effect from 1st March 2020: If you received an advance approval according to § 81a AufenthG (expedited procedure for qualified professionals introduced with the Skilled Immigration Act) from the competent alien’s authority in Germany, you can book an appointment in the new category “Booking of appointment to apply for a work visa (for stays exceeding 90 days) WITH advance approval according to § 81a AufenthG”.
Documents to be submitted for a work visa
Please note that all copies of your documents have to be
Embassy Islamabad: Please provide two sets of A4 size photocopies.
Consulate General Karachi: Please provide one set of A4 size photocopies.
In case you apply for a visa as a speciality cook please provide three sets of A4 size photocopies. Please also bring 50.000,00 PKR in 5000er notes for the necessary document verification.
You have to arrange each set of documents according to the order in which they are mentioned below.
1. Application form
- signed by the applicant
2. Biometric picture
- not older than three months and white background
3. Work contract
4. Consent from the Federal Agency for Work (“Vorabzustimmung”) if applicable
5. Your curriculum vitae
6. Documentation of your school, college and academic degree or vocational training qualification and employment history - if any
- B.A., BSC, B.COM, BBA, BCS, M.A., MSc. etc.-
- The academic degrees and transcripts need to be attested by HEC (Higher Education Commission) if done in Pakistan
- You have to prove the equivalence of your foreign university degree to a German university degree. For this you have to submit a statement of comparability (https://www.kmk.org/zab/zentralstelle-fuer-auslaendisches-bildungswesen/zeugnisbewertung-fuer-auslaendische-hochschulqualifikationen.html) or an Anabin-extract matching your main subject and your university exactly (https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html)
7. Passport copies page 1 and 2
Of all your passports starting with the most recent one you want to travel on. If you lost a passport, please provide police certificate regarding the loss instead
8. ID card copy
9. Valid health insurance
-Needs to be signed
You will have to take out health insurance in Germany. However, for the time period until you are settled in Germany, you have to submit a preliminary health insurance with your application.
For the possibilities to take out health insurance please see the following link:
Please note that Category “D” national visas for work are normally issued with a validity of 3 months from the date of travel onwards to enable the passport holder to enter Germany and register at the relevant authorities (Ausländerbehörde). For the convenience of the passport holder it is now possible to issue such a visa with the validity of 6 months, if a matching travel health insurance is provided.
Please provide the Visa Section with a travel health insurance valid for at least 6 months from your intended date of travel onwards so that a visa with a validity of 6 months may be issued, if possible.
10. Information about any previous visa refusals
If you have been refused a visa by an Embassy or High Commission, written explanation about reason for application and refusal letter are required.
13. Appointment confirmation e-mail (only for Embassy Islamabad)
- including the provided booking code (e.g. “isla_9729717”)
You also have to provide all original documents (including all of your passports). They will be returned to you on the same day (except the passport you intend to travel on which stays with the Embassy during the processing time of your visa application).
You can find a print-out version of this page under the following link: Work visa - leaflet
New rules for the immigration of skilled workers to Germany will enter into force in early 2020. The new law extends the opportunities for qualified professionals from outside the European Union to come to work in Germany.