Study and work in Germany under the Skilled Labour Immigration Act


Germany has a new Skilled Labour Immigration Act, which was passed in June 2019, and comes into effect March 2020. This is what was referred to in the meeting with President Buhari of Nigeria but this also applies to GHANAIAN citizens. Germany currently lacks skilled workers as a result the new law allows migrants from countries outside the EU.

Why is this different from other laws?

You don’t need an employment contract but if you can prove professional qualifications, you get 6-month residence permit to find a job. Once in Germany, you can work 10hrs/week on probation or internships. B2 German level + expenses needed.


Your professional training/qualifications should be one recognised in Germany – contact the German embassy in Accra to be on the safe side. Alternatively, if you are farther way from Accra, email them!

Address: 6 Kenneth Kaunda Rd, Accra, Ghana

Phone: +233 30 221 1000


If you are an academic wanting to migrate, then your university degree must be recognised in Germany.

Also new is that, Germany’s Federal Employment Agency had a “priority check” placing screening for German or EU applicants as a first step, but this has been removed for now!

Germany expect to welcome 25,000 skilled workers every year, there is dire shortage. So,

who can benefit?

Specialists in the medical field (surgeons, physiotherapists, support staff), engineers, craftsmen in the construction industry, experts in aerospace, mechatronics, electrical engineering, energy technology and other STEM professions. In particular, IT specialists are FAVOURED

They are in such demand in Germany, that they can get the 6-month residence permit without training. They only have to provide clear proof that they have years of experience in their field.

So, there it is. This new visa policy takes effect from March 2020. If you want to partake, simply get all your paperwork, expenses, and German language skills done and apply.

If you want other details, and to check if your skill is covered, click on the website below and type in your profession. Try using a browser that translates to English, or use Google translate to get the name of your job in German & translate your results too.

Remember, if you must migrate, do it the legal way, this is one avenue of achieving that.

If you have questions/comment or perhaps you already live/study in Germany and would like to help others, leave a comment below.

Credit to: @RGAMeyer for taking out time to carry out the detailed research.


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