Hotline Working and Living in Germany

The hotline "Working and Living in Germany" answers your questions in German and English on the following issues:

  • Recognition of foreign professional qualifications
  • Job search, work and careers
  • Entry and residence in Germany
  • Learning German

You can reach the hotline Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 16.00 CET on: +49 30 1815-1111.

Local charges apply for calls made on a German landline. Charges may vary for calls from mobile telephones. Calls from abroad are subject to all applicable charges in the country you are calling from.
The central information hotline is part of the Federal Government's demographic strategy and is operated jointly by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the Federal Employment Agency (BA) under a cooperative arrangement between the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the BA. It supplements existing services at "Make it in Germany", "Anerkennung in Deutschland", Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Federal Employment Agency (BA) and International Placement Services (ZAV).

Use our contact form to submit a written enquiry about recognition when the hotline is not in operation.

Please note: It is not possible to establish equivalency of qualifications via telephone. This can only be done once you have submitted an application with the competent authority responsible for the recognition of your foreign professional qualifications.

Hotline privacy notice

Updated 27.02.2020

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