Anyone who wants to have professional qualifications acquired abroad recognized in Germany and does not receive financial support from the Employment Agency or the Job Center can apply for a recognition grant. The grant is aimed at employees who have lived in Germany for at least three months, work below their completed qualification and have a low income. In addition, they may not receive financial support for the recognition process from other support programs. Low-income earners include persons who earn less than 26,000 euros gross or, together with their spouse or partner, less than 40,000 euros gross per year. The subsidy is independent of nationality or residence status. It is important to apply for the money before the recognition procedure begins, otherwise no more costs will be covered. The following costs are supported: Fees and expenses of the recognition procedure, translations, certifications of certificates and degrees, and expert opinions. The recognition grant amounts to a maximum of 600 euros and does not have to be repaid. Applications can be submitted for total costs starting at 100 euros.
Further information in eleven languages on the recognition procedure in the individual occupational groups can be found under the heading Professionals: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de.
Application form and FAQ on the recognition grant: www.anerkennungszuschuss.de
Further funding options and information on the recognition procedure: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/
Die Agentur für Arbeit in Reutlingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus.