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I have got a job offer in Germany and I need to apply for a work visa/EU blue card. I have 4.5 years of experience in software development. I have completed my engineering from a well recognized university in Computer science engineering. I have been reading about ANABIN. do I need this certificate for the work visa application or for applying for BLUE card?

NOTE* I have gone through the ANABIN database and I have found my university as well as my degree recognized. Do I still need the certificate?

  • You will need the degree, which they will check against the ANABIN Database. – Mark Johnson May 28 '19 at 10:30
  • Does this same condition apply for a regular work visa and not blue card? – Winston Jude Dec 6 '19 at 6:52
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Short answer: Yes or an equivalent type of certificate.


Source: Visahandbuch July 2018

  • 'Blaue Karte EU' Regulation
    • II 1 a: Precondition, Qualification, checking of certificate in ANABIN Database
  • Doesn't this say that "yes, but you already have it"? The important thing is that the certificate must be in the ANABIN Database. – Martin Bonner supports Monica May 28 '19 at 10:18
  • The instructions state that the reconised foreign certificates will be in the ANABIN database, which must be used as the only source. – Mark Johnson May 28 '19 at 10:27
  • This is only true for the Blue Card. The Work Visa doesn't require a university degree. – Nicolas Bouliane Jun 24 '19 at 13:36
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The Blue Card requires a recognised university degree or 5 years of experience in your field. I yet have to meet someone who managed to get their 5 years of experience recognised, but I didn't research the topic much.

The work visa does not require a university degree. I worked in Germany for 4 years as a software developer, and I don't have a university degree.

  • Does this apply to non-EU citizens and people from countries including places like India? – Winston Jude Dec 6 '19 at 6:29
  • Of course. EU citizens do not need a visa to work in Germany. The work visa requirements are the same for everyone as far as I know. – Nicolas Bouliane Dec 6 '19 at 10:02
  • I emailed the consulate in Germany and they said I wont be eligible. Strange! I have a degree. Though my university is recognized as H+, the degree is unfortunately only "conditionally comparable". I am applying for an Employment visa. Hope they are wrong – Winston Jude Dec 6 '19 at 12:35
  • Update to the above comment: I applied anyway even though they said that I won't be eligible. I had a ZAV letter and I was granted a visa in just 2 days. – Winston Jude Mar 12 at 14:14

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