Work Permits

Sourcing and securing Work Permits in Germany can be a complicated(link is external) and difficult process. As permits are tied to one employer there are enormous benefits in having your work permit sponsorship with your financial management company as opposed to recruitment agency or end client. Not least of these is the fact that it allows you complete freedom to choose your projects and conditions of assignment.

Our sponsorship partners are specialists in local immigration laws including Work Permits or “regularization”. They are able to sponsor suitably skilled contractors (Freie mitarbeiter) on German Arbeitserlaubnis (Work Permits). They will assess your suitability for free.

Germany Work Permit Sponsors

The benefits include:

– full compliance with local immigration laws.

– freedom to work with any end client for any duration.

– security and comfort of using long established international market leader.

– visa allows for entry of spouse and dependants.

– local salary compliance.

– understanding of dual taxation implications through regional offices.

Additionally they can offer you excellent tax & financial management to ensure you stay on the right side of the authorities whilst keeping a reasonable % of your gross billing. Interested to know more?

Further German Work Permit Information As mentioned above: work permits in Germany are subject to specific requirements that are idiosyncratic to Germany:

·Work permits (Arbeitsgenehmigung) or “regularization” are issued for one year (Arbeitserlaubnis-EU)

.All non-EU nationals are required to obtain a full work and residence permit (some EEA nations are still not afforded full authorization without permits).

– It is almost impossible to get an Arbeitserlaubnis (German Work Permit) for a role that doesn’t require professional qualifications. This is outlined in the Beschäftigungsverordnung(link is external).

·Work Permit processing time depends on the Ausländerbehörde (office responsible for foreign citizens), it can be up to 10-12 weeks (longer if a Labor Market Test is required.

– Work Permits are issued for each job / employer. If you change jobs you will need to apply for a new work permit. ·Business visitors and visa holders are restricted to specific tasks.

·Candidates already on a visitor status (tourist/business etc.) may not transfer to work status with the exception of a few nationalities: Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the US.

– Under the Vorrangprinzip (Priority Principle), Arbeitserlaubnis (Work Permits) are only given if the job cannot be filled by a German or EU national.

Generally this means a waiting period of 3 months to demonstrate that there is no better local candidate for the role. For further information please tell us what you need and we will help you. We can help introduce you to firms (zeitarbeitsfirma) which can sponsor and subcontract your services as a zeitarbeiter.

If you meet certain criteria we can also assist you with a Freelance visa under the list of qualified German freelance Work Permit professions(link is external).

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