I have been offered the role of “Software developer” but my degree currently is a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology, Journalism and English). As far as the officials told me, I will only need a recognized degree and it does not need to be related to my profession.

As per anabin, my university is currently recognized in Germany (Bangalore University as H+). However, my degree is "conditionally comparable" only.

I am applying for a regular work/employment visa and not a Blue Card. I currently reside in India. The salary being offered is also above 41,000 EUR.

I would like to know what my chances are and what I can do to improve it. Would requesting a ZAV letter from my employer help?

  • As an IT professional you should either get a visa on the grounds of §2 or §4 BeschV. The former visa is definitely the better one. I'm not from India and the conditions also depend on intergovernmental agreements - definitely ask the embassy and the employer. Triple check if you are qualified for a Blue Card because having that is a major advantage.
    – bokibeg
    Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 16:42
  • When I inquired at the embassy they said it should not be an issue but when I emailed to confirm they said that I would not be eligible as I do not qualify as a highly-skilled worker. Moreover, my employer seems to be trying fro a ZAV pre-approval. So I'm guessing there is no definite answer, I'll just have to try. Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 7:23
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  • Hi I am also in similar situation. Although my university show as H+ but my degree is under 3A which is conditionally comparable due to 3 years Degree. But I have 14 years of related experience in IT. I have a job offer from Germany with the high salary which far more than the required salary for Blue Card. will I be having a chance of getting Blue Card ?
    – Ges01
    Commented Apr 5, 2021 at 17:58
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    @Ges01 It worked for me. Though I had only a few years of experience, it was still not an issue. I would advice you to stay positive and apply. Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 19:55

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Just to answer this, I was granted a visa eventually.

Initially, when I mailed the embassy to inquire, I was told I had no chance of getting a visa. But when I applied, I surprisingly was approved.

This is what I did:

  • I requested my employer for a ZAV pre-approval letter.
  • I submitted my educational qualifications and the ZAV letter along with the visa application. Although my degree was only conditionally comparable, they considered the application. I also attached my post-graduate diploma certificate (But I'm not sure if this was considered). There was no detailed explanation on what grounds they granted me a visa.

This leaves me with only one conclusion that it depends on the authorities.

Update as of late 2020:

So with the 6-month entry visa granted to me, I later applied for a residence permit and I was given the EU blue card.

I think it's also worth looking at this thread Is it true that you don't need a degree to work as an "IT specialist" in Germany? What exactly classifies as "IT specialist" in this context?

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    This does not depend on the visa official, it depends on the local authority in Germany. They send their decision to the visa official who then issues the visa. Commented Apr 6, 2021 at 8:32
  • Makes sense. Thanks, I've updated it Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 19:52

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