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29.12.2012 - Federal state law enters into force in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Recognition Act entered into force on 29 December 2012. It regulates procedures for checking the equivalence of vocational qualifications acquired abroad for occupations which are governed by Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania federal state law.

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21.12.2012 - Hessen Recognition Act entered into force

The State of Hessen has also had a Recognition Act in place since 21 December. It regulates procedures for checking the equivalence of vocational qualifications acquired abroad for occupations which are governed by Hessen federal state law.

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19.12.2012 - Lower Saxony Recognition Act entered into force

The Lower Saxony Recognition Act, which entered into force on 19 December 2012, regulates procedures for checking the equivalence of vocational qualifications acquired abroad for occupations which are governed by Lower Saxony federal state law.

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12.12.2012 - Federal state law enters into force in the Saarland

The Saarland has become the second federal state to enact a Recognition Act. The new law, which entered into force on 1 December, supplements the Federal Government Recognition Act and regulates procedures for checking the equivalence of vocational qualifications acquired abroad for occupations which are governed by federal state law.

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31.10.2012 - Multilingual information flyer for skilled workers from abroad

Skilled workers from abroad generally have questions which go beyond the pure recognition of their vocational qualifications. Do I have to be able to speak German for my work? Where can I find a suitable job? Can my family come to Germany with me?

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24.10.2012 - Recognition Act is off to a good start

Six months after the entry into force of the Recognition Act, Federal Minister of Education Annette Schavan and the President of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) Hans-Heinrich Driftmann see positive results. “There is a great interest in the new procedure, as proven by the hits on the 'Recognition in Germany' online portal", Schavan stated.

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30.07.2012 - Magazine published on the topic of “vocational recognition”

The “Integration through Training” (IQ) Network has launched a new series of publications in the form of a magazine to accompany the Recognition Act. The first issue of “IQ konkret” is entitled “Vocational recognition – a law begins to take effect”.

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05.07.2012 - Strong interest in information regarding process for obtaining recognition

The Recognition in Germany online portal operated by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has counted some 100,000 visitors since 1 April of this year and nearly one million page views. To accompany the German government's new Recognition Act, the portal bundles all information regarding the recognition of vocational qualifications earned abroad and guides persons who hold foreign qualifications to the body that is responsible for their case.

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05.06.2012 - Information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications is now available online in English

The information pages of the "Recognition in Germany" portal are now also available in English. This gives a larger target group – including skilled staff from other countries – access to the most important information on the recognition procedure, on working in Germany, and on the legal foundations.

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30.04.2012 - More than 1,000 calls already

The phone has hardly stopped ringing at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in the last few weeks: Since the beginning of April, more than 1,000 calls have been placed to the hotline for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

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05.04.2012 - Workshops and informational events throughout Germany on the subject of recognition

The 'Integration through Qualification' (IQ) network's website features information on events related to the recognition of foreign professional qualifications. You can find out about informational events and workshops hosted by the Chambers, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or the network itself.

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30.03.2012 - Giant leap forward for vocational education and training in Germany

peaking on the occasion of the enactment of the Federal Government Recognition Act, which enters into force on 1 April, Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) President Friedrich Hubert Esser declared: “the new Recognition Act facilitates access to the labour market and represents enormous progress in terms of securing the supply of skilled workers in Germany.”

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30.03.2012 - Recognition Act enters into effect on 1 April

The Federal Recognition Act entered into effect on 1 April 2012. The Act introduces a legal entitlement to a procedure of assessment and recognition of foreign professional qualifications – and it is extended to everyone, regardless of country of origin, within three months after documents have been submitted. "This law will allow the highly qualified doctor from abroad to finally practice his profession – instead of driving a taxi", said Federal Education Minister Annette Schavan.

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30.03.2012 - IQ Network provides information, counselling and training

The new Federal Recognition Act entered into effect on 1 April 2012. People with foreign professional qualifications, regardless of their country of origin and residential status, will be able to apply for formal recognition of their qualifications in all of the professions regulated by Federal law. The 'Integration through Migration (IQ)' network is ready to help make this good idea bear fruit for both migrant skilled staff and the German economy.

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28.03.2012 - We are online

The online portal "Recognition in Germany" – the new source of information about the Federal Recognition Act – went online today. The website provides up-to-date information about its legal basis and the procedure for gaining recognition of professional qualifications.

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28.03.2012 - Compact multilingual information

A new flyer by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), published on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), provides some initial guidelines for people seeking recognition of their qualifications – in their native language.

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28.03.2012 - Good advice

The 'Integration through Qualification' (IQ) network's website features information on events related to the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

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