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Residence permit for qualified skilled workers with an academic education at the location LEA, Keplerstr.

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Current information on this location

  • Please pay attention to the current information on our website.

  • Due to the corona pandemic, we have had to switch our operation largely to online and written procedures in the last few months. From 7th September onwards Berlin Immigration Office will re-open for regular customer appointments. For reasons of protection against infection our primary focus remains on service by appointment.

  • Please understand that, in order to protect against infection, we can’t serve you if you do not wear a mouth-nose covering or are displaying symptoms of infection.

Opening hours

Monday
By appointment only
Tuesday
By appointment only
Wednesday
By appointment only
Thursday
09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Friday
By appointment only

Changes in opening hours

For reasons of protection against infection our primary focus remains on service by appointment.

Information on the address of this location

The postal address differs from the address of the location.
Therefore, please always send letters to:
Landesamt für Einwanderung, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24, 13353 Berlin.

Information for customers with an appointment

Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Informationen auf der Website des LEA.

Payment options

Girocard
You can pay in cash or with a debit card (Girocard) (with PIN) at this location.

Residence permit for qualified skilled workers with an academic education

Issuance or extension of a temporary residence permit for skilled workers with an academic qualification who wish to pursue qualified employment for which they are qualified due to their studies.

The temporary residence permit is issued for up to four years. If the employment contract has a shorter term or if the approval of the Federal Employment Agency is limited to a shorter period, in an individual case the temporary residence permit will be issued for less than four years and extended.

Prerequisites

  • Employment or concrete job offer
    There should already be an employment contract or at least a draft.
  • Approval of the Federal Employment Agency
    As a rule, a temporary residence permit for the purpose of employment may only be granted if the Federal Employment Agency has agreed to this.
  • Occupation practice permit
    If a permit is required for professional practice (e.g. doctors, engineers), the person in question must prove they hold that permit or that it has been promised before the temporary residence permit is issued.
  • Equivalence of the qualification
    The issuance of a temporary residence permit as a qualified skilled worker requires that the person in question hold a German higher education degree, a recognised foreign higher education degree or a foreign higher education degree comparable to a German one.
    • In the Anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen – ZAB) you may enquire whether a foreign higher education degree is recognised in Germany.
    • If the database contains no meaningful information, applicants must apply to ZAB for an individual paid evaluation of their degree and submit that evaluation.
    More information on this subject can be found in the “More information” section
  • An adequate retirement pension scheme (only if you are over 45 years of age)
    For the issuance of the temporary residence permit as a qualified skilled worker, as a rule persons over the age of 45 must have an adequate retirement pension scheme.
    • The salary must correspond to at least 55 per cent of the annual calculation limit in the general pension insurance scheme. This currently corresponds to a monthly income of at least €3,795.00 gross.
    • The salary may be lower if an adequate retirement pension scheme has already been secured from other public or private sources.
  • Main residence in Berlin
  • A personal interview is required
    The interview should, if possible, take place by appointment.

Documents required

  • Valid passport
  • 1 current biometric photo
    35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background
  • Employment contract
    An employment relationship in Germany must be established. Business premises in Germany are required.
  • Proof of qualification as a qualified skilled worker with academic education
    Supporting documents (original) confirming
    • a German higher education degree, a higher education certificate or
    • a recognised foreign higher education degree, an evaluation in the Anabin database or
    • a foreign higher education degree comparable to a German higher education degree, individual paid evaluation by ZAB
    More information on this subject can be found in the “More information” section
  • Form „Antrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung“ (Work Permit Application) - filled out by you
  • Form „Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis" (job description) - filled out by your employer
  • Form "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (filled out)
    Only required for the first application.
  • Occupation practice permit
    Only if required (see 'Prerequisites')
  • Lease or proof of home ownership
    Original
  • Rental cost / expenses for property
    Supporting documents proving monthly rent costs (e.g. a current account statement) or the costs of the occupied property (original)
  • Certificate of employment (Only in case of extension)
    Certificate from the employer regarding the duration of the unfinished employment not older than 14 days)
  • Proof of salary: Where the temporary residence permit is extended for further employment with the same employer
    Supporting documents on the net earnings from the first two months and the last two months
  • Health insurance
    in the case of statutory health insurance:
    • electronic health card with photograph
    • current confirmation of the health insurance
    in the case of a private health insurance scheme:
    • proof that you have paid your contributions, for example through account statements
    • certificate issued by the insurer (The certificate must state the type, scope and duration of the insurance. Please inform your insurer that you need the certificate for a residence permit for employment.)
    More on the topic in the section "More information"
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin
    • Certificate of registration at the main residence (Meldebestätigung) or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
    (see section "More information")

Fees

  • For the first issuance: 100.00 euros
  • For an extension by up to three months: 96.00 euros
  • For an extension by more than three months: 93.00 euros
  • For Turkish nationals a maximum of 28.80 euros
If you need a qualification evaluation, you will have to pay additional costs.

Average time to process request

A personal visit six to eight weeks before the existing temporary residence title expires is best. If possible you should book an appointment for this.

Responsible authority

This service can only be taken advantage of in the Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung – LEA) at Keplerstrasse.