Recognition of your diploma and certificate in Germany - is it a MUST?

In which case your degree must be recognized for education / work in Germany

Recognition vs. Assesment - what is the difference?

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Is a recognition procedure a must?

Recognition of foreign qualification for the Ausbildung in Germany - do I need to do it?

On federal websites it is emphasized that foreign qualifications in most cases do not have to be recognized. Rather, it is recommended as a voluntary procedure because "a German language certificate assessment from a certification authority can be useful for you, especially when applying for a job, since a company can then better assess your qualifications [s. under the same link]".

Also the German consular representations (e.g. in some Eastern European countries like Russia or Ukraine) do not insist on it. The degrees should be notarized but not necessarily recognized by a special procedure.

Unfortunately, every German school authority (SCHULAMT) sees that recommendation in another way. Every time I send a request for my client (due to my professional activity as migration agent), the respective SCHULAMT says "foreign certificate MUST be recognized".

In addition one more bitter pill. The certificate is only valid in the particular federal state. Quite bureaucratic and unfriendly, I think, because you have to start the process anew for the recognition in each further federal state and also have to pay the fees anew. By the way in Berlin the recognition fee is €55 and the process takes 1-2 months

What to do?

You can have a dispute by written correspondence or you can hire a lawyer. Maybe you also win. Then you do not need to make this assesment of your school certificate for the vocational training in Germany.

However, I would recommend accepting the whole thing as a "necessary evil" and... do the recognition. How to do it, you will learn in this article.

What to do?

What to do?

1. What is Recognition. When it is necessary?

Explanations to the figures on the screenshots

Geburtsort - Leave this checkbox empty (unless you have already submitted another application earlier).

Staatsangehörigkeit/Nationalität - Note that you must enter your citizenship (not the nationality).
Previous Names - leave this box empty unless you haven't ever changed your last name.
Middle Name - write your father's first name (if it is given in your passport).
Place of Birth - write it as given in your passport).
The rest of (2) is simple.

Adresse - Postleitzahl ... Ort - Give the postal address in the country where you are registered.
Important! Please make sure to enter your postal code. If you don't know the postcode, google it. If still no success, give the postal code of the Main Post Office in your town.
Phone and Mobile: don't forget about international standards (e.g. +38... for the Ukraine, +44... for UK, +91... for India etc. )

Adresszusatz (c/o) - Give the postal address in the country where you are registered.
Important! Please make sure to enter your postal code. If you don't know the postcode, google it. If still no success, give the postal code of the Main Post Office in your town.
Phone and Mobile: don't forget about international standards (e.g. +38... for the Ukraine, +44... for UK, +91... for India etc. )

Datum ... Unterschrift - Give the postal address in the country where you are registered.
Important! Please make sure to enter your postal code. If you don't know the postcode, google it. If still no success, give the postal code of the Main Post Office in your town.
Phone and Mobile: don't forget about international standards (e.g. +38... for the Ukraine, +44... for UK, +91... for India etc. )

Tip: Text of the advise.

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** - on the website this and more terms and abbreviations written in italic you will find translated and explained in the GLOSSARY.
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