Working in Germany

Access to the German labour market

Foreign nationals other than European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals may as a rule only seek gainful employment in Germany if they have a residence permit explicitly authorizing them to do so.Australian, Israeli, Japanese, Canadian, South Korean, New Zealand and US citizens may obtain such a residence permit from the relevant foreigners authority also after their arrival in Germany. It is important to note, however, that they may not commence their intended employment until they have the permit. All other foreign nationals including from Nepal must apply for a work visa from the German Embassy in their country.

Access to the German labour market for third-country nationals including from Nepal is strictly regulated by law (Ordinance on the admission of foreigners for the purpose of taking up employment). Access is in principle limited to certain occupational groups and normally requires the approval of the employment authorities.

Make it in germany

The “Make it in Germany” website welcomes skilled professionals to Germany!

“Make it in Germany!” Take a look at our website to see how skilled professionals like yourself can come to live and work in Germany. German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up this website to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Welcome to Germany!

Working in Germany


Living and working in the heart of Europe...

The website of the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the German Federal Employment Agency provides a large amount of information on the subject of living and working in Germany.