Foreign qualified professionals

Evaluating foreign qualifications

The Skilled Immigration Act (FEG), which came into force on 1 March 2020, will make it easier to recruit qualified professionals from abroad. Among other things, with the Skilled Immigration Act the priority review for foreign workers is no longer required if there is an employment contract in Germany and the foreign qualification has been recognized. Both higher education and vocational qualifications will be considered.

In the BQ-Portal we offer information on foreign vocational training systems and vocational qualifications in the area of dual training and further training occupations that are based in Germany. These help you to get a better picture of the skills, abilities and knowledge of your future employees.

With the help of our country profiles, you can also quickly and easily get an initial overview of selected countries.



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Here you will find information on the country’s economy and society, on the most important features of the vocational training systems and details on current immigration and integration issues in Germany.

The profiles are continuously being extended to include further countries.

You can find out here how the recognition procedure works and how you as a company can help. In the section Practical examples, you can read how other companies have been able to gain new employees through the recognition procedure.


Further information on recruiting qualified professionals from abroad


Make it in Germany produced a video exlaining the fast-track procedure for skilled workers (§ 81a of the Residence Act).

The German government’s portal for qualified professionals from around the world. "Make it in Germany" offers a large amount of information for international professionals on the subject of working and living in Germany. In addition, companies can find information on the recruitment and integration of international employees as well as on The Skilled Immigration Act in the section "Looking for foreign professionals". In addition, "Make it in Germany" offers a clear graphic on the fast-track procedure for skilled workers.

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The Competence Centre for securing skilled labor (KOFA) supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in finding and binding skilled workers, in gaining a reputation as an attractive employer and remaining competitive and successful.

The International Placement Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) is primarily responsible for the immigration of qualified professionals from abroad and for the placement of special occupational groups. The International Personnel Service supports companies in their efforts to recruit qualified professionals in other European and non-European countries.


The "ProRecognition" project aims to establish the Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) as contact and advice centers for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany. Those who are interested in recognition can obtain information on the recognition procedure in their home country, receive advice on their individual options and receive support in submitting their applications. These information’s are currently available at eleven locations in Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Italy, Poland and Vietnam. Two further locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Colombia are currently (as of March 2020) under construction.