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?


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. 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. May 28 '19 at 10:27
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    This is only true for the Blue Card. The Work Visa doesn't require a university degree.
    – nicbou
    Jun 24 '19 at 13:36

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? 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.
    – nicbou
    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 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. Mar 12 '20 at 14:14
  • Nicolas, for the Blue Card in Germany, 5 years of experience in the field is not accepted as an option. For the residence permit for the purpose of employment indeed the university degree is not mandatory, but the vocational degree is (or, alternatively, several years of working experience). See expatriates.stackexchange.com/a/21060/13223 and expatriates.stackexchange.com/a/11511/13223 for details. Sep 10 '20 at 7:46

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