Apply for an extension of the residence permit for the purpose of recognition of the foreign professional qualification based on an agreement of the Federal Employment Agency

Service Description

You can apply for an extension of your residence permit if the procedure for the recognition of your foreign professional qualification is still ongoing. The recognition procedure covers the period from the submission of the application to the issuance of a recognition notice concluding the procedure by the competent recognition office. This includes the implementation of qualification measures and subsequent examinations that are required for the determination of equivalence or the obtaining of the professional practice permit.

In case of extension, your residence permit will be limited again. The residence permit for the recognition of professional qualifications based on an agreement between the Federal Employment Agency and the labor administration of your country of origin will be extended by one year at a time up to a maximum of three years. After three years, if you have successfully completed the recognition procedure, you can obtain a residence permit to look for a job for one year or a residence permit for another purpose of stay (e.g. to study, to complete vocational training or to pursue employment as a skilled worker).

The Federal Employment Agency must again approve the pursuit of employment in the desired occupational field. The approval is granted for a limited period of one year. It can be granted if you can prove that you are still pursuing the recognition procedure.

As a rule, the residence permit cannot be extended if this was already ruled out when the residence permit was issued or last extended.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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