I accepted a job offer for position of front-end developer from a Berlin-based company and went to apply for a qualified-specialist visa. As per procedure, I sent my diploma to ZAB, ... and was turned down. ZAB believes that my Canadian diploma with study hours equivalent of a 3-year program does not amount to higher education.
My only chance to get visa is to apply for a general-employment visa for the whitelisted occupation programmer. So far, I have not seen anybody who managed to get a general-employment visa in that occupation. Is there any info online that covers getting visa through this route?