Legal Basis

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Federal Government’s Recognition Act

The Recognition Act for the procedure to assess professional qualifications came into effect on 1 April 2012. The following tells you what has changed with the law.

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EU Recognition Directive

Do you come from an EU Member State? Here you can find out more about the EU Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (2005/36/EC).

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Skilled Immigration Act

The Skilled Immigration Act makes immigration easier for qualified skilled workers from third countries. The accelerated immigration process also makes the recognition procedure quicker.

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Recognition after Brexit

Professional qualifications from the United Kingdom can still be recognised in Germany, even after Brexit. The EU regulations on recognition will still apply during the transition period up until 31 December 2020.

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Lisbon Convention

Higher education qualifications can also be assessed for the purpose of access to the German labour market. Here you can find out more about what is behind the Lisbon Convention.

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Ethnic German resettler

If you are an ethnic German resettler, the Recognition Act brings a number of benefits. You may pursue a recognition procedure in accordance with the Federal Expellees Act as previously or pursuant to the Federal Law (BQFG).

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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