Costs and Financing

How expensive is a recognition procedure? And how can it be provided for? Various costs arise during the recognition process. Here you can find out about your funding opportunities at federal and state level.
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Costs of the equivalence examination

The procedures for the equivalence examination of foreign professional qualifications includes fees.

The amount of the fees depends on

  • the fee regulations of the current offices,
  • the federal states regulations,
  • the effort involved in carrying out the procedure,
  • the respective reference occupation
  •  the individual requirements of the applicant.

For this reason, general statements on the scope of costs are not possible.

However, the chambers of crafts have agreed nationwide on a fee range of 100 to 600 euros.

When are the fees due?

The point in time at which the fees are due also depends on the competent authority. Fees may be charged at the start or after the process is completed. As a rule, the fee schedules provide the option of payment in installments.

What other costs may arise?

  • Because the documents are usually insufficient when they are first submitted, extra costs are often added. These arise, for example, when procuring documents abroad, for correspondence, postage and copies (in individual cases even travel expenses), certification of documents or translating them into German. If central documents are missing or the existing certificates cannot be assessed, a qualification analysis may be required. This is also associated with costs.
  • Additional costs are usually incurred for recognition under the Skilled Workers Immigration Act (FEG). This includes, for example, language courses, intercultural training in the country of origin, translations, notarizations as well as visas and trips / flights. Furthermore, there is also an option of placing the search and recruiting of a new specialist from abroad in the hands of an agency. Among other things, the cooperation network EURES, the Central Foreign and Specialized Placement Services (ZAV) and numerous private placements and recruiting agencies support employers in their search for skilled workers. The amount of the costs for this service depends on various factors such as industry or occupation and / or qualification level of the skilled worker. The range of costs for the placement of a skilled worker is between 2,000 and 20,000 euros.
  • In addition to the costs for the equivalency procedure, fees of 411 euros are incurred for the accelerated specialist procedure within the framework of the FEG. There is also a visa fee of 75 euros.
  • Anyone who strives for full equivalence following an established partial equivalence must also expect costs for the necessary adaptation qualification.

Funding opportunities

The following funding opportunities are generally available:

  • Financial support for the recognition process (at federal and state level)
  • Financial support for the adaptation qualification (at federal and state level)

The costs for the recognition procedure and the adaptation qualifications can be covered in whole or in part by various institutions. It is only important that the financial support is applied for first and then the application for recognition is made. Currently (as of September 2021) only people who live in Germany receive financial support.

  • Financial support for qualification analysis

The qualification analysis can also be funded under certain conditions. The "Qualification Analysis Special Fund" was set up for this purpose. How this funding can be applied for, the requirements and much more information can be found at recognition in Germany.