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My route to professional recognition

Success stories


Foreign skilled workers talk about their own personal employment histories


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Amir Hossein Welk

Recognition as engineer

Iranian-born Amir Hossein left his home country and fled to Germany in 2014. In November 2015, he obtained recognition of his engineering degree.

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Olga Gotjur

Recognition as teacher

Olga Gotjur is a teacher of German and English who came to Germany from the Ukraine at the beginning of 2015. It only took Olga a few months to obtain a positive recognition notice, and she now teaches at the Johannes Kepler Community School in Mannheim.

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Shih-Yen Bayer

Recognition as nursery school teacher

Taiwanese-born Shih-Yen Bayer arrived in Germany in 2014. After completing adaptation training at a child daycare centre, she received full recognition as a nursery teacher. She now works at a nursery school in Kehl.

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Jigar Hasso

Recognition as cook

Jigar Hasso is a trained cook who fled to Germany from Syria in 2013. In 2015, he obtained recognition of his vocational qualification via a skills analysis.

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Alaa Kheralah

Recognition as dental technician

Alaa Kheralah arrived in Germany as a refugee from Syria in October 2014. He received recognition for his dental technician training completed in Jordan as early as January 2015.

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Judith Yawa Aggor-Edorh

Recognition as custom tailor

Judith Yawa Aggor-Edorh has lived in Germany since 2004. She has started a family here and also obtained recognition for her Ghanean qualification in order to be able to work as a custom tailor. 

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Azem Ceka now works as a car varnisher in Germany

Azem Ceka

Recognition as Car varnisher

Azem Ceka is a car varnisher who came to Germany in 1998. He worked as a salaried employee before starting his own business. Recognition has enabled him to acquire a master craftsman qualification.

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Fares Schammas

Recognition as joiner

Fares Schammas from Syria applied for asylum in Germany in 2001. Having initially done a lot of temporary casual jobs, since 2015 he has been able to work as a joiner, the occupation in which he trained. 

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Fernando Llusiá de Castro

Recognition as construction engineer

Fernando Llusiá de Castro came to Germany in October 2014 having failed to secure a job in Spain upon completion of his degree studies in Civil Engineering. Thanks to the recognition of his qualification, he has been working as a construction engineer in Bad Düben since October 2015.

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Ana Poli is currently working as a registered general nurse

Ana Poli

Recognition as Registered general nurse

 In 2013, Greek-trained nurse Ana Poli decided to seek a new professional career in Germany. To begin with, she was only able to work as a non-recognised nursing assistant. Now, however, her qualification has been officially recognised and she is employed as a fully qualified nurse in a leading university hospital.

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Nelson Safaissou

Recognition as doctor of medicine

Nelson Safaissou, born in Cameroon, received approbation as a doctor back in October 2013. Today he is working in the gynaecology department at a hospital in Leisnig, Saxony.

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Tayfun Tombul

Recognition as motor vehicle body and vehicle construction mechanic

Tayfun Tombul came from Turkey in 2011 to live with his wife here in Berlin. After taking adaptation training in the context of the recognition procedure, he obtained full recognition of his Turkish training qualification as a motor vehicle body and vehicle construction mechanic. 

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Emma Jover Garcia

Emma Jover García

Certificate evaluation

Because there is no standard recognition procedure for the occupation of ‘political scientist’, Emma Jover García (40) was absolutely delighted to receive official certificate evaluation of her degree qualification.

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Esther Wamala-Bollig

Recognition as nurse

Esther Wamala-Bollig moved to Germany with her husband in 2011. Trained in Jinja, Uganda as a nurse and midwife, she received full recognition as a registered general nurse after one and a half years. 

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Michelle Anged Monteu recognition as doctor

Michelle Ange Monteu

Recognition as doctor of medicine

Michelle Ange Monteu (33) came to Germany from Mali because of love. Today she works as a successful doctor in Baden-Württemberg.

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Christian Giordano

Christian Giordano

Recognition as a surveying technician

Christian Giordano came to Germany four years ago. He learned about the possibility of obtaining recognition at a Job Centre and today works as a surveying technician and architectural draughtsman at an engineering company.

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Alberto Garcia

Alberto García

Recognition as nurse

Alberto Garcia, who was trained as a registered nurse in Spain, could not work in his profession without official recognition. Since Garcia has received his letter of recognition, he has been working as a health care worker and nurse in Baden-Württemberg and receives remuneration appropriate to his qualification.

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Yanina Ketzelman

Recognition as dentist

Yanina Ketzelman was successful as an orthodontist in Argentina. The recognition procedure secured her licence to practice here. And so she can now permanently pursue her career in Germany as well.

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Giusi Frazzetta

Recognition as children's nurse

Giusi Frazzetta worked below her actual qualifications for over a year as a healthcare assistant. After recognition of her Italian credentials she assumed more responsibility as a nurse.

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Łukasz Wesołowski

Recognition as electronics technician for motors and drive technology

Łukasz Wesołowskis Polish certification as an electromechanical technician was only partially approved at first. After completing an adaptation course, Mr Wesołowski received full recognition as an electronics technician for motors and drive technology.

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Laila Alim

Laila Alim

Recognition as nurse

Laila Alim (51) from Helmand (Afghanistan) works in Hamburg as a registered general Nurse.

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Keivan Daneshvar

Keivan Daneshvar

Recognition as doctor of medicine

Keivan Daneshvar (42) from Iran works as a senior physician in the field of radiology in Frankfurt.

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Christine Schuller

Recognition as agent in office communication

Just one month after submitting her application, Christine Schuller held her certificate of recognition in her hands. Now she is working in Germany in the profession she trained for in Romania.

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Susanna Kenetti recognition as optician

Susanna Kenetti

Recognition as an optician

Susanna Kenetti (44) is a qualified optician from Finland. She obtained recognition of her professional qualification in February 2013.

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Giusi Frazzetta

Recognition as children's nurse

Giusi Frazzetta worked below her actual qualifications for over a year as a healthcare assistant. After recognition of her Italian credentials she assumed more responsibility as a Nurse.

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