Purpose of residence: work
Purpose of residence: work
European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

As a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, you can move freely within the EU and have unrestricted access to the
German job market. This means that you can work for a company or become self-employed in the Saarland.

EURES Network
EURES

EURES

The purpose of the EURES network is to provide general information, advice and job placement services for job candidates and employers or any citizens who would like to take advantage of their freedom to work anywhere in Europe.

Partner of the EURES network is the Saarland branch of the Federal Employment Agency

EURES at the Saarland Employment Agency

Working in the greater Saarland area

Working in the greater Saarland area

Tips, events, contacts + how-to guide

How-to guide

How-to guide

Searching for a job in the greater Saarland area

Flyer

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EURES consultants in the greater Saarland area

Citizens of other countries
Citizens of other countries
Citizens of other countries (non-EU citizens)

Citizens of other countries (non-EU citizens)

In order to work in Germany, you require a residence permit that also allows you to work here.
Access to the job market Access to the job market

Access to the job market

Your professional qualifications will decide

Specialists with vocational training

If you have a non-academic professional qualification in your country or another country outside Germany, you can take up employment in Germany under the following circumstances:

Bottleneck professions
There are not enough specialists in your trade in Germany (so-called bottleneck professions).

Job offer
You require a concrete job offer.
Recognition of foreign qualifications
Your vocational qualifications must be recognised as being equivalent to a German qualification. You must apply for this recognition from your home country.
Residence permit
You apply for a residence permit for purposes of employment in the Saarland at the local immigration office.

EU Blue Card for academics

Academic professionals can apply for an EU Blue Card for employment, which is initially limited to four years. These are the prerequisites:

  • You must have a German university degree, a university degree recognised in Germany or a foreign university degree equivalent to a German university degree.
  • A job offer or an employment contract with an annual gross salary (2015) of at least €48,400.
  • Professionals with a university degree in mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and technology (physicians, engineers, IT specialists) are also eligible for an EU Blue Card if their gross annual salary is at least €37,752 per year (2015). If you have a foreign university degree, you must obtain approval from the Federal Employment Agency first. However, the agency will not conduct a priority review.

If you can prove German language skills to the B1 level, you are eligible for the EU Blue Card after 33 months or for a settlement permit after 21 months.

The EU Blue Card can be obtained from the local Saarland immigration office.

Residence permit for highly qualified job seekers

Professionals who possess a German university degree or a foreign university degree equivalent to a German degree can come to Germany for up to 6 months on a job-seeker’s visa to look for work appropriate to their qualifications. It is important that you have enough money to finance your own living expenses for the duration of your stay. You are not permitted to work during this time. Once you have found a job, you can apply for the necessary residence permit in Germany without having to leave Germany first.

Graduates of German universities

If you find a job in your field immediately after graduation, you can obtain a residence permit for 18 months from the immigration office. During this time, you can look for a job that is appropriate to your degree. You are also permitted to do any job to finance your living expenses during this period. You apply for the residence permit at your local immigration office in the Saarland.
Saarland IQ state network
Saarland IQ state network
Saarland IQ state network

Saarland IQ state network

If you have foreign qualifications, you can consult the Saarland IQ state network for advice on recognition of qualifications, training and re-training for specifically needed skills. The network also provides information, advice and training for labour market representatives who want to initiate intercultural processes.
To achieve these goals, the network has a wide range of project programmes and sponsors.

The Saarland IQ state network is part of the ``Integration through Qualification (IQ)`` initiative. The programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the European Social Fund. Implementation partners are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Employment Agency.

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