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Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz – Skilled Immigration Act

German: Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz

The Skilled Immigration Act has been in force since 1 March 2020. It supports the immigration to Germany of qualified skilled workers from third countries. As a result of this legislation, it is now easier for skilled workers from third countries to come to Germany. The legislation applies to skilled workers who want to work in Germany or who want to gain professional qualifications.

Fee notification

German: Gebührenbescheid

A fee notification is an official letter from an authority concerning administrative costs, for example costs for the recognition procedure. A fee notification states the authority's services and the costs.

Follow-up application

German: Folgeantrag
Also: Nachfolgeantrag, Wiederaufnahmeantrag

A follow-up application is a new application for recognition, made following a refresher training. Here the competent authority checks whether the substantial differences have been compensated for by the refresher training.

If the substantial differences have been compensated for, the competent authority determines the full recognition.

Freedom of establishment

German: Niederlassungsfreiheit

The right for citizens of the European Union (EU) to work independently and permanently in another EU country. These individuals are permitted to have a trade or business. They are also permitted to work independently in commercial, craft trade or liberal occupations.

Freedom of establishment in a regulated profession in Germany is only possible with recognition of a foreign professional qualification. This applies for example to medical practitioners.
If individuals only want to work in Germany for a specific period of time, they need no recognition. The freedom to provide services then applies.

Freedom to provide services

German: Dienstleistungsfreiheit

The freedom to provide services permits individuals who are independently providing services in a country of the European Union (EU) to also provide these in every other country of the EU. However, this only applies to independent activities. These are independent commercial, skilled craft or freelance activities which are offered to others. The freedom to provide services applies only to temporary and occasional activities. It is not a permanent option and does not apply to salaried employees. This is governed by the freedom of establishment.

The activity only needs to be reported beforehand in writing to the competent authority in Germany for regulated professions such as medical practitioner.

Those wishing to work independently in Germany must go through recognition of their professional qualification in Germany. This also applies to salaried individuals.

Full-time vocational school

German: Berufsfachschule

Full-time vocational school is a type of school providing vocational education. In a full-time vocational school, pupils are able to train in an entirely school-based training occupation.
Other courses are also available at a full-time vocational school in which, for example, only parts of the vocational education and training are taught.