WORKING IN GERMANY
Germany is still a country handling immigration rather restrictive, but then, in general, is a very welcoming country. Unless you are an EU citizen, there are only limited options to apply for a German work permit successfully.
It requires in most cases a job offer. Learn here how to look for jobs and how to best apply with which document.
Once you started working with German colleagues, you will experience different customs and behavior. The Red Relocators have put together for you the most important facts to know about the German Working Culture.
WORKING IN GERMANY: WORK PERMITS
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A WORK PERMIT IN GERMANY.
If you are actively seeking a job in Germany, you are facing a challenge.
Although the German government has induced some facilitations for qualified people to come and work in Germany and thus supporting our economy, the bureaucratic and procedural hurdles for foreigners are still significant.
- Position in company
- Support with Application
- Support and coordination of simplified application procedure for a preliminary employment visa in the country of residence (establishment of embassy-specific requirements, establishment of acceptance of university degrees)
- Consulting concerning yet outstanding acceptance of university degrees
- Follow-up of documents‘ receipt at the relevant alien office, appointment arrangement for the issuance of the Bluecard, accompaniment to application appointment
- Appointment arrangement and accompaniment to the Bluecard receipt
Support with family reunion under the Bluecard
- Support with family reunion under the Bluecard
- Support and coordination of simplified application procedure for a preliminary employment visa in the country of residence (establishment of embassy-specific requirements)
- Follow-up of documents‘ receipt at the relevant alien office, appointment arrangement for the issuance of the Bluecard
- Accompaniment to the appointments with the Alien Office for application of issuance and receipt of the Bluecard
Prolongation of the Bluecard or preliminary employment visa
In case of expiry of the Bluecard or in case of slow handling by the ZAB or the respective Alien office: support and coordination with the application for a prolongation of either title.
Other residence and work permits
- Advise on relevant residence title (review of the dedicated tasks and required qualifications of the position)
- Review of the Job Offer fulfilling the requirements of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit
- Communication with the Bundesagentur für Arbeit
- Evaluation if applicant’s profession or academic degree is accepted in Germany
- Consulting concerning yet outstanding acceptance of university degrees
- Initialization of the Pre-Approval procedure of the ZAV
- Support and coordination of application procedure for an employment visa (establishment of embassy-specific requirements)
- Follow-up of documents‘ receipt at the relevant alien office, appointment arrangement for the issuance of the residence title, accompaniment to application appointment and receipt appointment
Work Permit Package
Inquire for a quotation to support you with a work permit.
WORKING IN GERMANY: WORKING CULTURE
IT'S ALL ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES
Germany is a very open-minded and tolerant country. People are generally very relaxed. They do accept all kinds of different behavior without taking offense. Germans have traveled the world, and in most companies hiring foreigners, you will find a working culture that embraces differences.
However, the moment you become a full member of the organization you should be aware of the differences and what they trigger concerning your coworkers' and superior's perception of your work.
ALONG THE WAY COACHING
Our "Along-the-way-Coaching" gives you the right background information right when you are ready to take it in
First step: Touch-base
included in the Accommodation Package: either as 3 hours orientation tour or as 15 minutes neighborhood visit after each visitation appointment
While doing your orientation tour or when visiting an apartment oOur Relocation Consultants explain opening hours of shops, expectations as to how to behave at home with regard to respecting your neighbors privacy, the public transport, how much tip you give for what services, which products you can buy where, which insurances Germans usually contract and when they do go to a doctor (and to which), and whatever strangenesses you encounter. The information shared is highly individual and focuses on your then current interests.
Second step: Basic introduction into the German Healthcare System
Included in the Healthcare Package: 2 hours face-to-face meeting
Our Insurance Expert introduces you in a 2 hours video conference call into the German healthcare system. This will help you understand situations at pharmacies, at doctors' practices or in hospitals. It will also facilitate you to choose the right principle insurance coverage for yourself, i.e., whether you go for private or public health insurance.
Third step: Initial encounter with work situations
2 hours video conference
Our Culture Coach will help you understand work situations in a 2 hours video conference call. Ideally, this is done after 2-3 weeks of presence at your new workplace and once you have experienced a few meetings, lunch appointments, socializing chats with colleagues, discussions with your superior and clients. Our Culture Coach will visualize a couple of typical standard situations, and you'll go through your individual experiences together. You will understand why your colleagues, superiors or clients reacted in the way they did.
Fourth step: Mastering challenging situations
1 face-to-face meeting plus 8 hours coaching allocated over 8 weeks
Some "situations" are hard to accept, and they may become a deal breaker. Our Culture Coach will analyze the situation and recommend possible approaches to overcome them. This career coaching is highly individual and consists of a face-to-face meeting followed by 1-hour weekly coaching for a period of 8 weeks. If the situation becomes serious, i.e., develops into a possible breaking point of your assignment, it is advisable to involve the German colleague or superior into the hourly sessions. This facilitates understanding on both sides and avoids unnecessary hardening of opinions.
8 hours seminars, ideally split over two days
Our seminars are held on two half days following each other, i.e., an afternoon and a morning session. This split enables the participants to better reflect on what they have learned during the first part.
The seminar consists of two parts:
Afternoon 1st day: Newcomers only:
- 2 hours focussing on work situations
- 2 hours focussing on out-of-office situations
Morning 2nd day: newcomers & colleagues including superior
- 3 hours focussing on differences in work situations
- 1 hour Q&A
1 face-to-face meeting
8 hours video conferences allocated over 8 weeks
2 accompanied social events
It is not only the working person whose happiness with the new life situation is vital. The spouse's feelings are equally important. Thus we do offer specific coaching for spouses. This consists of an initial 2 hours meeting to get to know each other. Ideally, this takes place four weeks after the move once the more pressing tasks are dealt with. Depending on the individual situation we are dealing with
- work issues, i.e., what possibilities should be explored if the spouse wants to work in Germany
- housework matters, i.e., where to by the food of your home country, where to eat out, shops in Hamburg selling products of interest, cleaning products and habits
- leisure activities, i.e., advise on good sports clubs, knitting clubs or poker rounds and the like, expat meet-ups
- family matters, i.e., differences in education
We spread the sessions over 8 weeks and thus guarantee that individual challenges can be discussed when they happen. We do further accompany to 2 social meet-ups, i.e., of expat networks.