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I have a foreign university degree and a job offer with gross pay of €54000. Do I need Federal Employment Agency approval, or can I apply for the visa directly?

  • That will be done during the application process. The Consulat will pass the application to the Ausländerbehörde for approval. The Ausländerbehörde will ask the Employment Agency before approving. – Mark Johnson Jan 30 at 9:52
  • but i tried to book for visa appointment through website it says "Highly Skilled Workers with pre-approval according to § 81 a AufenthG" also it says "Choose this category for only if you have a pre-approval according § 81 a AufenthG ( Residence Act ) in conjunction with the Highly Skilled Immigration Act (Fachkräfteeinwandersungsgesetz)." My employer did not FEA pre approval for me. what should i do now? – bitto kazi Feb 4 at 17:31
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It depends not only on one's salary, but also on his/her job and education. See, for example, notes on this question for Berlin:

Approval of the German Federal Employment Agency. You need the approval of the Federal Employment Agency if you

  • work in a shortage occupation and
  • earn less than EUR 4,600 gross per month and
  • do not have a degree from a German university.
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