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Vocational training (Berufsausbildung) visa for non-Turkish citizens

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What documents do I need?

NOTE: Please do not staple or fold any documents. The submission of complete documents does not constitute a claim to the issue of a visa, but enables the visa office to check the legal requirements. In individual cases, further documents not mentioned here may also be required. You will be informed about this after the application has been submitted and will be given a reasonable period of time to submit them.

For foreign civil status certificates and other public certificates please check on the website of the German mission in the issuing state whether any formal steps must be taken in order for the document to be accepted by German authorities (i.e. legalization, apostille). The legalization can generally only be done by the German mission in the country where the document was issued.

In general:

Please fill in the online application form for each applicant and print it out from here: https://videx-national.diplo.de/ From the age of 18 you sign the form yourself; in the case of children the parent or legal guardian sign it.

You pay the visa fee at the visa section in cash. Change cannot be given. The fee is usually 75,00 Euro; for children from 0 to 17 years: usually 40,00 Euro.

Please submit a passport for each applicant. The passport(s) must be valid and there have to be at least two empty pages. Please also submit a copy of the passport data page(s) (page with photo and validity dates) for each family member.

One passport photo for each applicant. The photo must be biometric and not older than 6 months. They must be 35 x 45 millimetres. You can find more information on biometric photos here.

Please fill in, print out and sign the address confirmation and e-mail consent.

After your application has been processed, we will send your passport and other original documents via UPS to the indicated address.

WARNING: If your (e-mail-)addresses change during the application procedure, please inform us immediately. Otherwise, we can not ensure that your documents or important information with regard to your application reach you.

If available: Turkish residence permit or visa. Please submit the original document and one copy. If you have a residence permit, please copy front and back side.

Training documents:

Your training contract (Ausbildungsvertrag) and detailed training plan (Ausbildungsplan). Please submit the original document and one copy.

Completed form signed by your employer: Declaration of employment. Please submit the original document and one copy.

Registration of your training company with IHK (local chamber of commerce) if necessary (please contact your training company for further information). Please submit the original document and one copy.

Proof of professional history, e.g. school or university degrees, employer certificates, references, SGK (social insurance) history with barcode. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. Please submit the original document and one copy.​​​​​​​

Proof of (at least) B1 knowledge of the German language. Please submit the original document and one copy.

Only German language certificates based on standardised language tests in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers (ALTE) can be accepted. This currently applies to certificates from the following providers - irrespectively of the place where you did the exam.

The requirement for a proof of German language knowledge can be waived if you are verifiably taking part in a state-accompanied programme that integrates acquisition of the German language into the training or if you will take part in language classes before the start of the training. In that case you will need to provide your registration for these language classes (see below).

You must currently be able to prove that you have 964 Euros per month (if it is a rather practical vocational trainig) or 934 Euros per month (if it is a rather theoretical vocational training) at your disposal for the the first year of the training. If your salary in the first year is lower, the following options are all equally available to fill in the gap:

  • Payment of a security deposit into a blocked account in Germany. Please submit one copy of the blocked bank account confirmation.
  • Formal obligation („Verpflichtungserklärung“) in accordance with §§ 66-68 of the Residence Act which has been submitted to a German aliens' authority. The declaration of commitment must contain the note „solvency proven“ (Bonität nachgewiesen) and the indication of the purpose of stay (language classes or studies). Please submit the original document and one copy.

One copy of your health insurance until the starting date of the training contract.

If you want to attend a preparatory language course:

  • Proof of registration for an intensive language course (at least 18 hours per week). The confirmation must include the exact number of hours per week, the duration of the language course and the level of knowledge that can be achieved with the course, as well as the latest possible date of participation. Please submit at least one copy.
  • Proof of full payment for the language course. Please submit at least one copy.

Please provide proof of knowledge of the German language, if the language course does not start with A1-level. Please submit the original document and one copy.

Only German language certificates based on standardised language tests in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers (ALTE) can be accepted. This currently applies to certificates from the following providers - irrespectively of the place where you did the exam.

You must currently be able to prove that you have 934 Euros per month at your disposal for the duration of the language course). The following options are all equally available:

  • Payment of a security deposit into a blocked account in Germany. Please submit one copy of the blocked bank account confirmation.
  • Formal obligation („Verpflichtungserklärung“) in accordance with §§ 66-68 of the Residence Act which has been submitted to a German aliens' authority. The declaration of commitment must contain the note „solvency proven“ (Bonität nachgewiesen) and the indication of the purpose of stay (language classes or studies). Please submit the original document and one copy.

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