Visa: work


Current waiting time for visa appointment: 4 months

Documents to be submitted for a work visa

Required documents:

Additional instructions:

Please note that all copies of your documents have to be
- In DIN A4 size
- Complete and readable
- Not stapled

Embassy Islamabad: Please provide two sets of A4 size photocopies.

Consulate General Karachi: Please provide two 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
- completely filled out by typewriter/computer

2. Biometric picture

- not older than three months and white background
- no computer print-outs accepted
- stapled to the application form at the intended spot

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 and employment history - if any

- B.A., BSC, B.COM, BBA, BCS, M.A., MSc. etc.-
- Starting with your highest academic degree going back to your school degrees

- The academic degrees and transcripts need to be attested by HEC (Higher Education Commission) if done in Pakistan

- If you apply for a visa for which it is required (e.g. blue card) 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 (KMK website) or an Anabin-extract matching your main subject and your university exactly (Anabin website)

- employment letter from all former and current employers

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:

Health insurances

Only for Embassy Islamabad: 6 months valid health insurance for a work visa:

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.

11. Applicants_Declaration

12. Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)

13. Appointment confirmation e-mail (only for Embassy Islamabad)

- including the provided booking code (e.g. “isla_9729717”)


Please be informed that you have to provide all documents as originals (including all of your passports). They will be returned to 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

The spouse and the children of future blue card holders file their visa applications together with the future blue card holder on his/her work visa appointment. They don’t have to get an extra appointment for family reunion. This regulation does NOT apply to the spouse and the children of blue card holders who are already in Germany.

Additional content

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.

Germany opens labour market for skilled workers from non-EU countries

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