Employment in Germany with the Opportunity Card (“Chancenkarte”)

01 July 2024

With the Opportunity Card (“Chancenkarte”), candidates from non-EU countries can enter Germany to look for a suitable job. They do not have to show proof of a permanent employment contract. The Opportunity Card is issued to candidates recognised as skilled workers or those who score at least six points using the points system. In addition, their means of support must be guaranteed for the duration of their stay.

The Opportunity Card makes it easier for candidates to find work in Germany. It enables applicants to work in Germany without a lengthy recognition procedure. The prerequisite is (at least) two years of vocational training or a university degree and sufficient knowledge of German (A1) or English (B2).

The Opportunity Card entitles the holder to take a two-week trial job or part-time job (up to 20 hours a week). Candidates holding the Opportunity Card are allowed to stay in Germany for one year. During this time, the focus should be on obtaining & securing permanent employment.

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