Financial assistance in accordance with SGB II and SGB III

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During recognition procedures, costs may arise which need to be borne by the applicants themselves (for example, fees for translations and certifications, costs for participation in training measures). The Employment Agencies or Job Centres will meet these costs if certain conditions are met.

Prior to submitting an application for professional recognition, applicants should seek clarification from their local Employment Agency or Job Centre as to whether costs can be paid. This is particularly dependent on whether recognition of the foreign professional or vocational qualification is necessary for integration into the labour market. 

For unemployed persons and job seekers, the costs of a recognition procedure – for example costs of translations, certified copies and fees – can be met from the so-called “Placement Budget”. Financial assistance may also be available for participation in measures which support occupational integration by imparting professional and vocational knowledge. Funding for such measures is possible for a period of up to 8 weeks. 

If certain conditions are met, the costs of continuing training courses and updating training may also be funded for unemployed persons, job seekers and persons in employment if such continuing and updating training facilitates the recognition of a foreign professional or vocational qualification and increases the applicant’s chances on the labour market.

Further information on this funding opportunity you find here (PDF, 158 KB, German). 


Updated 31.03.2013

Coronavirus: Fewer recognition services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some services for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany are currently not available.

You can learn more about recognition from us whenever you like. Take some time to read our information, available in 11 languages! Then you will be well informed for the next steps.

Via the Recognition Finder you can find out everything about the recognition procedure for your occupation, which documents you need and where you should send your application: › To the Recognition Finder

Our FAQ provide answers to the most common questions about recognition:  › To the FAQs

You can find out which services are not available or only available to a limited extent by checking our information page on the current situation: › To the information page