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JAPA: Germany Launches ‘Opportunity Card’ to Attract Skilled Workers seeking Jobs

Germany Launches 'Opportunity Card' to Attract Skilled Workers seeking Jobs

Germany has introduced a new initiative, the ‘Opportunity Card,’ aimed at attracting skilled workers from non-European Union (EU) countries, including Nigeria. The application portal for this program includes Nigeria among the eligible countries.

The Opportunity Card is a type of residence permit that allows individuals from outside the EU to enter Germany in search of employment. Initially valid for up to one year, the card can be extended if the holder secures a qualified job, enabling them to obtain a further residence permit for continued job searching or employment.

Applicants for the Opportunity Card must have their professional qualifications recognized either in Germany or in their home country. They must also demonstrate financial self-sufficiency during their stay, typically requiring proof of at least €1,027 per month, which can be shown through a blocked account or a declaration of commitment.

While searching for a job, Opportunity Card holders can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and undertake trial jobs for up to two weeks to evaluate potential employment opportunities.

According to the program’s guidelines, “Proof of financial self-sufficiency for the duration of your stay in Germany can be provided through a blocked account or a declaration of commitment, with at least €1,027 per month generally required. During your stay, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and take up trial jobs for up to two weeks at a time to familiarize yourself with potential employment opportunities.”

Eligibility Criteria

The Opportunity Card operates on a points-based system with the following requirements:

  • Completion of a degree or at least two years of vocational training recognized by the issuing state.
  • Basic proficiency in German (minimum A1 level) or higher proficiency in English (minimum B2 level) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Demonstrated ability to financially support oneself during the stay in Germany.

Guidance for Nigerian Applicants

Nigerian applicants are advised to contact Germany’s diplomatic missions in Nigeria for visa applications. The application process must be conducted through the German mission responsible for the applicant’s district of residence. Further details can be found on the respective German mission’s website.

Apply for the German opportunity card here.

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