What is certified?
The notification of recognition, also known as the notification of equivalency, shows which professional qualifications the applicant has and to what extent the foreign qualification profile is equivalent to the German reference occupation. If there is partial equivalence, the main differences that exist are listed. This enables companies to deploy their staff according to the skills they have learned and to make the best possible use of the existing potential. The described differences are the starting point for appropriate adaptation qualifications.
You can find examples of notification of recognition from the chambers of crafts or IHK FOSA in the blog of Company Occupational Recognition (UBA).
How long does the process take?
After one month at the latest, the applicant will receive a message from the responsible authority confirming receipt of the documents and, if necessary, informing them of any missing documents. If all the necessary documents have been received, the applicant usually receives a notification with the result within three months. In the case of the accelerated skilled worker procedure, a processing time of two months is provided.
Processing can be extended if there are no information available about the content of the foreign professional qualification or if there are reasonable doubts about the authenticity or the correctness of the content. The responsible office can request the required documents and, in such cases, extend the processing time appropriately once. If the applicant is unable to submit the required documents (in full) for reasons beyond their control, the responsible office can also determine the skills, knowledge and abilities using other procedures (e.g. a qualification analysis). The qualification analysis may also be considered if the procurement of the documents is associated with an inappropriately time and material expenditure. In this case, the deadline is paused until the end of the alternative procedure.
The results of the notification of recognition
At the end of the equivalency check, there are three possible outcomes, which are communicated to the applicant in the notification of recognition.