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Launch your Career in Germany with the Opportunity Card

Live, work, & find your dream job in Germany for up to 1 year.

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Jump start your German future with these Chancenkarte experts

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What is Chancenkarte (Opportunity Card)?

The Chancenkarte, also known as the Opportunity Card, is a visa program launched by the German government to attract skilled professionals from around the world.
It offers international talent a unique pathway to:
  • Secure a residence permit in Germany for up to 1 year.
  • Obtain a work visa to legally work while job searching.
  • Launch a career in Germany by finding a job within a year.
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Legal, Simple, and Quick Entry to Germany
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Earn a Competitive Salary in Germany
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Long-Term Residency Options

Requirements of Chancenkarte

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Chancenkarte for Skilled Workers

  • Must prove that your foreign qualifications or university degrees are recognized in Germany.

Chancenkarte for Non Skilled Workers

  • Show basic German (A1 CEFR) or English (B2 CEFR) language skills.
  • Earn at least six points in the points system.
  • Meet one of these criteria:
    • Have a foreign university degree.​
    • Have a professional qualification obtained after at least two years of training, recognized in your home country.
    • Have a professional qualification issued by a German Chamber of Commerce Abroad.

Points-Based System

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  • Partial validation of a foreign professional qualification or authorization to work in a regulated profession (e.g., teaching, nursing, engineering).

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  • At least five years of professional experience within the last seven years in the trained profession, following two years of vocational training.

  • Alternatively, German language skills at B2 level.

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  • Two years of professional experience (within the last five years) following vocational training.

  • Applicants under 35 years old , German language skills at level B1.

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  • Age 40 or younger.

  • Previous stay in Germany for a minimum of six months (excluding tourism).

  • Excellent English skills at C1 level.

  • Basic German skills at A2 level.

  • Vocational training/university degree in a field identified as having labor shortages in Germany.

  • Applying for the Opportunity Card alongside your spouse.

Advantages of Opportunity Card

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Skip the job offer and explore the German market to find your dream fit.
Fast Track Entry
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Transparent system considers skills, experience, and language proficiency.
Points-Based System
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Residence permit allows you to work while searching (up to 1 year).
Live & Work Legally
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Gain valuable German work experience through part-time jobs (up to 20 hours/week).
Boost Employability
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Program targets qualified professionals with relevant degrees or training.
Focus on Skilled Workers
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This program can be the first step towards building a stable and prosperous life in Europe.
Pathway to Stay
  • What is the Opportunity Card ?
    The Opportunity Card is a visa program designed to encourage skilled immigration to Germany for non-EU nationals, utilizing a points-based system.
  • What benefits does the Opportunity Card offer ?
    The Opportunity Card provides a straightforward, expedited, and legal route to Germany for skilled workers, paving the way for employment and potential permanent residency.
  • What financial resources do I need to show ?
    You must demonstrate you have enough financial resources to support yourself in Germany, such as an employment contract for a part-time job or personal savings.
  • What are the eligibility criteria for the Opportunity Card ?
    Eligibility criteria include language proficiency, vocational training, professional experience, age, and previous stays in Germany, among others.
  • Can I work in other EU countries with the Opportunity Card ?
    No, the Opportunity Card is specific to Germany, although it may facilitate mobility within the EU under certain conditions.
  • How can I transition from the Opportunity Card to a permanent residence permit?
    After meeting certain conditions, such as continuous employment and integration, you can transition from the Opportunity Card to a permanent residence permit.
  • Can the Opportunity Card be extended ?
    Yes, the Opportunity Card can be extended if you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and have valid reasons for the extension.
  • What are the three pillars of immigration ?
    The three pillars of immigration are potential (qualifications), experience (work history), and integration (language and cultural knowledge).
  • What is the difference between the potential pillar and the experience pillar ?
    The potential pillar focuses on your qualifications and skills, while the experience pillar emphasizes your work history and professional experience.
  • What is a recognition partnership ?
    A recognition partnership is a cooperative agreement that helps recognize foreign qualifications in Germany.
  • What special rules apply to IT professionals ?
    IT professionals may benefit from specific criteria, such as lower language requirements or recognition of practical experience over formal qualifications.
  • How can I get my vocational training recognized ?
    Apply for recognition through the appropriate German authorities, providing all necessary documentation and translations.
  • How can I prove a previous six-month stay in Germany ?
    You can prove your stay with rental agreements, employment contracts, or registration documents.
  • Do tourist trips count towards the six-month stay requirement ?
    No, tourist trips do not count towards the six-month stay requirement
  • How can I prove that I am a skilled worker ?
    Provide documentation of your vocational training, professional experience, and any relevant certifications.
  • What financial resources do I need to show ?
    You must demonstrate you have enough financial resources to support yourself in Germany, such as an employment contract for a part-time job or personal savings.
  • Do I need a permanent job offer to apply for the Opportunity Card ?
    No, a permanent job offer is not required, but you must show proof of financial means, such as a part-time job offer.
  • What are the eligibility criteria for the Opportunity Card ?
    Eligibility criteria include language proficiency, vocational training, professional experience, age, and previous stays in Germany, among others.
  • How can I prepare for the Opportunity Card ?
    Improve your German or English language skills, gather documentation of your vocational training and work experience, and ensure you have sufficient financial resources.
  • When does the Opportunity Card become available ?
    The Opportunity Card program starts on June 1, 2024
  • How long does it take to get an Opportunity Card ?
    The processing time can vary, typically taking from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the volume of applications and the completeness of your documentation.
  • What does it mean for vocational training to be state-recognized ?
    State-recognized vocational training means that your qualifications are officially recognized by the relevant authorities in your home country.
  • What is considered skilled employment ?
    Skilled employment refers to jobs that require specific vocational training or higher education qualifications.
  • How do I verify my two-year vocational training ?
    You can prove your vocational training by submitting certificates, diplomas, and other official documents from your home country.
  • Which language tests are accepted ?
    Accepted language tests include the Goethe-Zertifikat for German and IELTS/TOEFL for English.
  • What are the rules for working part-time up to 20 hours a week ?
    You can work up to 20 hours per week in a part-time job to support yourself financially while in Germany.
  • What job opportunities are available with the Opportunity Card ?
    You can work in various sectors, especially those with labor shortages, and take part-time jobs for up to 20 hours per week
  • Who is considered a skilled worker ?
    A skilled worker is someone with vocational training or higher education qualifications that are recognized in Germany.
  • Is self-employment allowed under the Opportunity Card ?
    Yes, self-employment is possible, provided you meet certain criteria and can prove your business’s viability.
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