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Check the facts – here’s what migrants need to know

The steps to getting a job in Germany

What are my chances? How do I find a suitable job? Do I need a visa? Find out here.

True or false?

Husband or wife in Germany = right to join them?

No

Anyone wanting to join their spouse in Germany must first meet certain requirements.

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The German Government aims to pass a new Skilled Labour Immigration Act, which will regulate access to the labour market for skilled migrants.

The Cabinet has also approved a draft Act on Suspending Deportation for Persons in Vocational Training or Employment. Both bills (draft laws) are now at the start of the parliamentary process and are not expected to enter into force before 2020.

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Will it soon be easier for unskilled migrants to work in Germany?

No

The Cabinet has approved a Skilled Labour Immigration Bill (draft law), which applies to workers from non-EU countries. The bill is aimed solely at skilled migrants, i.e. those who hold a university degree or a vocational training qualification.

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Is it true that people who are recognised as refugees in Greece are allowed to work in Germany?

No

The rule is that citizens of non-EU countries are not allowed simply to enter the Federal Republic of Germany and work there. They must apply for a work visa before they enter the country. This also applies for holders of a travel document for refugees issued by another EU state, for example Greece.

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True or false?

Are the children of refugees allowed to stay in Germany if they are born in the country?

No

Even if a child is born in Germany, it will not automatically obtain a residence permit.

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True or false?

Is it possible to buy a place on a resettlement programme?

No

Within the context of the resettlement programme, Germany and other EU countries permanently take in refugees particularly in need of protection directly from their country of residence.

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Are there new rules for non-EU citizens from the Balkans who would like to work in the EU?

No

Although you might have heard information to the contrary, there are no new provisions solely for nationals from these countries. For employment purposes they will still need a visa and a work permit, for which they will have to apply at the German Embassy in their country.

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Asylum and travel restrictions in Germany: What you need to know

German authorities report an increasing number of migrants traveling abroad without knowing that they might not be allowed to do so. We've compiled a list of what rules and restrictions apply to various groups of migrants.

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