Japa: Germany Has Jobs, Visas For Skilled Nigerians; 10 Things To Know

The Government of Germany has introduced the ‘Opportunity Card,’ a new initiative aimed at attracting skilled workers from non-European Union (EU) countries.

Here are 10 things to know about the portal and the opportunities therein for Nigerians.

1. Nigeria is featured prominently as one of the non-European Union (EU) countries where citizens are qualified to apply. The portal where applicants were asked to apply showed Nigeria as one of the countries of residence of intending applicants.

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2. The Opportunity Card, a type of residence permit, allows individuals from third countries—nations outside the EU—to enter Germany to seek employment.

3. The card is valid for up to one year and can be extended if the individual finds qualified employment, enabling them to obtain a subsequent residence permit for further job searching or employment.

More about the Opportunity Card

4. To qualify for the Opportunity Card, applicants must have their professional qualifications recognised either in Germany or in the country where they were obtained.

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5. Applicants also must demonstrate they can support themselves financially during their stay, typically requiring proof of at least €1,027 per month. This can be shown through a blocked account or a declaration of commitment.

6. During their job search, Opportunity Card holders can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and take on trial jobs for up to two weeks to assess potential employment opportunities.

7. “Proof that you will be able to support yourself for the duration of your stay in Germany can be provided in the form of a blocked account or a declaration of commitment, for example. At least 1,027 euros per month (as of 2024) are generally required.

7. “During your stay for the purpose of finding a job, you have the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week in a part-time job. In addition, you can take up trial jobs for up to two weeks at a time to familiarise yourself with potential jobs,” it added.

Eligibility Criteria

8. The Opportunity Card operates on a points-based system with the following requirements:

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9. Completion of a degree or at least two years of training recognized by the state of issuance.

10. German language proficiency at least at level A1 or English proficiency at level B2 of the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Sufficient financial means to cover living expenses for the duration of the stay in Germany.

Guidance for Nigerian Applicants

Nigerian applicants are advised to follow up with Germany’s diplomatic missions in Nigeria for visa applications. The process requires applying at the German mission responsible for the applicant’s district of residence. Further information can be found on the website of the relevant German mission.

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