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How Indians Can Apply for the German Opportunity Card: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: Jun 6

The German Opportunity Card offers Indian nationals a chance to work and live in Germany. This guide provides all the necessary steps and documents required for a successful application. Follow these instructions carefully to navigate the process smoothly.

Step 1: Gather Essential Documents


Before scheduling your visa appointment, ensure you have the following documents ready:

1. Valid Passport

- Must be issued within the last 10 years and have at least 2 blank pages for the visa.

2. Application Form

- Complete the form online via VIDEX, print two copies, and sign both.

3. Passport Photos

- Provide two identical, recent passport photos (no older than 6 months) that meet biometric specifications.

4. Contact and Legal Representation Declaration

- Complete and sign two copies.

5. Passport Data Page Copies

- Submit two A4 size copies of your passport’s data page.

Step 2: Proof of Financial Means

Show evidence of sufficient funds to cover living expenses in Germany through one of the following:

- Sperrkonto (Blocked Account)

- A blocked account in Germany with at least 1,027 EUR/month plus funds for a return flight.

- Formal Obligation Letter

- A sponsor in Germany.

- Bank Statements

- Current bank account details.


Step 3: Proof of Accommodation

Provide evidence of where you will stay in Germany, such as:

- A letter of invitation from friends/family, or a hotel booking, including full address details.


Step 4: Proof of Training and Work Experience

Submit your vocational or academic qualifications and letters of prior work experience from employers if applicable.


Qualification Options


Option 1: Full Qualification Recognition

- Academic Degree

- Anabin database printouts listing your degree and the awarding institution or an individual “Statement of Comparability” from Anabin.

- Vocational Training

- Proof of recognition depending on your training type.


Option 2: Scoring System (Minimum of Six Points)

Earn points based on the following criteria:


- Mandatory Training

- Completed vocational training of at least 2 years or a recognized university degree, with confirmation from the German Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

- Language Skills

- German A1 level (Goethe Institute, telc, or Austrian Language Diploma) or English B2 level (certificates like IELTS or TOEFL). Note: Pearson confirmations are not accepted.


Additional Points Can Be Earned For:

- Partial Vocational Qualification Recognition

- Provide notification of partial recognition (Teil-Anerkennungsbescheid).

- German Language Skills

- Levels A2, B1, B2, C1.

- English Language Skills

- Level C1.

- Work Experience

- At least 2 years within the last 5 years, more points for 5 years within the last 7 years (employer references required).

- Shortage Occupations

- Evaluated based on your training documents.

- Age

- Below 35, or between 35 and 40 at the time of application.

- Previous Stays in Germany

- Proof of legal residence for at least six months in the past five years (e.g., study, language, work stays).


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Additional Requirements


- Motivational Letter

- A signed statement outlining your work intentions, German language learning, job applications/interviews, reasons for choosing Germany over other EU countries (include job application proofs).

- Personal Status Proof

- Birth certificate, Aadhar card (with English translation if applicable).

- Curriculum Vitae

- Updated CV.

- Retirement Provisions Declaration

- If aged 45 or older.

- Health Insurance Proof

- Valid for your stay duration:

- Private German health insurance.

- Public German health insurance with initial travel health insurance.

- Private foreign health insurance starting at your travel date.


Health Insurance Requirements

- No reimbursement limit in case of sickness.

- Deductible no higher than 300 EUR/year.

- Coverage of preexisting conditions.

- No termination clause based on age or residence permit status.

- Automatic renewal or no time limit.


Visa Fee

- For further details, refer to step 2 of the application process.


Submission Instructions

- Prepare two identical sets of applications (A4 size copies).

- Bring originals of all documents to your visa appointment.

- The German Mission may request additional documents.


Employment Restrictions

- With the Opportunity Card, you may work up to 20 hours per week.

- Participation in a trial work period of up to two weeks is allowed.

- You cannot engage in other types of employment until your visa is converted to a residence permit for employment.


Important Notes

Submitting the required documents does not guarantee a visa. Incomplete documentation or false information will result in application rejection.

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