Who is entitled to apply for recognition of qualifications?

The BQFG grants everyone the right to apply for a review of the equivalence of qualifications. There may be some differences in how the specialist laws that govern regulated professions establish access to the recognition process.

The BQFG stipulates than anyone who
  • has foreign professional qualifications and
  • can demonstrate intention to work in Germany may submit an application. The requirement to demonstrate intention to work in Germany does not apply to citizens or residents of the EU/EEA/Switzerland.

Applications are accepted independent of one's citizenship or residence status.

There is no entitlement to the procedure for unskilled or semi-skilled workers who do not have any vocational qualification from another country.

For Ethnic German resettlers Section 10 of the Federal Expellees Act may establish different procedure. Please contact the responsible authority for more information.
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