Following a little research I found the answer specific to my condition:
A citizen of any of these countries:
United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea
Can basically apply without any requirements for a certificate.
The process is the following:
Upon receiving a binding job offer & contract, the employer has to send the contract, along with 2 documents and (preferably) a copy of the candidate's CV:
Die benötigten Formulare für die Vorabprüfung finden Sie unter
Die Standortübersicht mit den Kontaktdaten finden Sie unter folgendem
to the Bundesagentur für arbeit. The contract will be examined and the agency will have around 2 weeks to look for a suitable candidate who has an EU citizenship.
If they fail to find one, the contract will be approved and the candidate will be able to proceed to obtain a residence permit for the purpose of taking up employment.
The major difference between citizens from the countries listed above to any other, non EU citizens, are these two:
- The citizens from these countries (as listed) are not required to introduce any vocational training certificate
- They are allowed to enter Germany before the process is complete (and before it is started) and start/continue it there.
*The information above has been received from Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge and is available from their hotline:
The hotline is available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CET, Monday through Friday, and the telephone number +49 30 1815-1111.
Documents explaining in German were received by email from the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge