Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Residence Proof of German language skills

For obtaining a visa or residence permit you may have to proof knowledge of the German language.

Proof of language knowledge - Hamburg Welcome Portal

The assessment of language proficiency is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

 

Basic knowledge of the German language (A1)

If you have to prove your basic knowledge of German when applying for a visa / residence permit, this corresponds to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and means:

  • You can understand and use very simple sentences in everyday life
  • You can introduce yourself and others, e.g. where you live, what you do and can answer such questions
  • You can communicate with others in simple way when they speak slowly and clearly and are willing to help

Generally, you must provide a proof of a language certificate based on a standardized language test in accordance with the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) standards.

The language certificates of the following institutes are recognized as proof:

High quality exams offered by ALTE members can also be used as proof.

In certain cases proof of the language certificate may be waived if it is apparent in the personal interview that you have at least the required basic language skills.

Sufficient knowledge of the German language (B1)

If you have to prove your sufficient knowledge of German when applying for a visa / residence permit, this corresponds to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and means:

  • You can understand the essential contents when using clear standard language and when dealing with familiar things from everyday life, e.g. Work, leisure. It also means that you can read and understand a simple everyday text and reflect the key points
  • You can speak easily and coherently about familiar topics and personal interests
  • You can talk about experiences and events, tell about your dreams and goals, and give a brief explanation to your plans and intentions

Generally, you must provide a proof of a language certificate based on a standardized language test in accordance with the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) standards.

The language certificates of the following institutes are recognized as proof:

The following entrance examinations for higher education are also recognized:

If you have successfully completed an integration course, you can prove your language skills with the integration course certificate.