How I Got my Work Visa to Teach English in Germany
Many Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan), have a high requirement for English teachers. European countries (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and others) are in need of English teachers as well, but for me, Germany has been the best to work and live in.
Throughout my scholastic years, English has always been my top choice. And when I grew up, I decided to pursue a career as a professional English Tutor. Teaching in a non-English speaking country, like many others, has always piqued my attention. That’s when I began my transition plan. I started with a TEFL certification and then headed on to search for employment.
Why Germany to teach English?
Germany is one of the best and safest locations to live on this planet. It drew me in more because of its inexpensive cost of living, even in cities. Furthermore, the histories, culture, cafes, cathedrals, museums, and weekend getaways will never entice anyone to leave Germany. It’s a fantastic combination of bustling cities and quiet country communities. Along with all of this, there are a plethora of ESL job openings in Germany.
How to find English teaching jobs in Germany?
Here are few things I did to succeed in my job search.
1). Learn the German Language
Even though the German language is not mandatory to secure a job in Germany, learn the basics, which can always be an added advantage to your profile. And the German language can help you connect with the native people easily as an ex-pat.
2). Know about schools
Before preparing a CV, go ahead and check the schools in Germany and their requirement. Based on those requirements, prepare your CV.
3). Translate your CV to German
Having a copy of your CV in German along with an English copy will help you apply for both kinds of employers.
4). Use Job Search portals
Germany also offers a Job-Seeker Visa, which allows visitors to stay in the country for six months while looking for work. They can apply for a Germany Work Visa once they have found a reputable employer. If they are unable to obtain one, they must return to their home country.
How to Get a Germany Work Visa?
To work lawfully in Germany, one must first obtain a residency permit. Visas, Sec 18c Res A for job hunting and Sec 19 Res A for qualified workers applying for settlement permission should be applied.
Securing a visa is a difficult task for a layperson with no prior knowledge of the immigration process. Germany Immigration Counselors can assist you in landing in Germany without any problem, just like I took assistance from Global Tree.
Here are some simple steps to get a Germany Work Visa to teach English.
1). Find an Employer in Germany
A qualified teacher will have no trouble finding work in Germany. Private tutors, public schools, International Schools, international co-operations, colleges, universities, and other institutions offer English teaching positions. Job platforms and consultancies can assist in the job search. Bachelor’s degree, German language abilities, and TEFL certification are the most important criteria.
2). Apply for a Work permit
One should apply for a Germany Work visa at the nearest German Embassy. There are employment visas in multiple categories like:
- General Work Permit
- Highly Skilled Work Permit
- The EU Blue Card
- Work Permit for freelancers
Fill out the work visa application, including all essential information.
Note: Germany employment visa allows entering and settling down. Make sure to apply for a residence permit before the visa expires.
3). Register the living address in Germany
This is an important point to be followed while applying for a work permit to Germany. Find an accommodation to stay and register that address at your nearest Residence Registration Office (Bürgeramt) with all required documents. Take a copy of that registration.
4). Make an appointment at Ausländerbehörde
Once the residence permit is done and the medical insurance certificate is submitted, make an appointment at your nearest German Immigration Authorities office (Ausländerbehörde) online.
5). Submit all documents
Get ready with all the required documents ahead of time, and make sure to submit as required by the application. Also, avoid fake documents because you risk a permanent rejection.
Here are some common documents required for a work visa for Germany.
- Passport size photographs
- Residence permit application form
- Education Qualification Certificates
- Experience Certificates
- A letter of acceptance from a recognized Employer
- Accommodation proof from landlord
- Proof of Sufficient funds to stay abroad
- Medical Insurance proof
- Spouse or dependent children relationship proof certificates if anyone is accompanying you
- Their Identity cards and passports.
6). Wait for the approval
Once the application is submitted and biometrics is done, all you need to do is to wait for the decision on the application. Once the approval is received, start planning for the journey to Germany.
How much does Germany Work Visa cost?
The total fee for a German work visa is €75, which is $ 88.64. And these visas are valid for an indefinite period.
A note of Conclusion:
I hope, this gives a clear view of how to get a Work visa for Germany, where English teaching is popular and on-demand. I know the entire visa process is daunting, but you can always take the help of professionals to get all your work done. Teaching English abroad will give your career a big boost and elevate the standard of living.