Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

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The labour market in Hamburg is very attractive for qualified specialists from abroad and offers first-class opportunities. For skilled workers there are simplified residence regulations.

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Germany is the most popular immigration country after the US (OECD, Migration Report 2013). And not without reason: Residents enjoy a high standard of living, a stable economic situation and great career perspectives.

With the working place Hamburg you make a particularly good choice. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the most competitive regions in Germany and Europe with a broad range of jobs in industries such as logistics, tourism, aviation, media and IT.


Hamburg is the economic centre of a metropolitan region with over 5 million people. Future industries such as aviation, renewable energies, life science, logistics or food ensure a growing labour market and diverse employment opportunities. Approximately 10,000 companies are newly established each year in the metropolitan area. You can find an overview of the branches on the page of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

If you want to apply for a job, please note that your professional or educational qualification may not be comparable to a degree in Germany and will have to be recognised.

For more information, please visit our page “Job Search”.


As a citizen of the European Union, you benefit from freedom of movement and have a wide range of opportunities to live and work in Germany. The same applies if you are a national of Liechtenstein, Iceland or Norway. In that case you do not need a work or residence permit. Nationals of Switzerland also enjoy freedom of movement within the EU. Nevertheless, you must apply within three months for a purely declaratory residence permit-Switzerland at the relevant foreigners' office.

If you are from a non-EU country and would like to work in Germany, you will need a visa for entry and a residence permit for your stay. Nationals of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States may enter without a visa and apply for a residence permit at the relevant immigration authorities in Germany. Find out more about the immigration and residence regulations.

  • For highly qualified and skilled workers, there are provisions which facilitate immigration:
  • Graduates of a non-academic professional training completed abroad may obtain a residence permit for employment if:
    • there is a binding job offer in Germany,
    • vocational training is equivalent and recognized to a German degree, and
    • there is a high demand on the German labour market for the profession you have learned.
  • A residence permit can also be issued for qualification measures with the aim of recognizing vocational training in Germany.
  • For researchers and self-employed persons there are special residence titles.
  • Job-seekers can also get a visa for up to six months to find a job appropriate to your qualification in Germany.
    Please note that you are not allowed to work with the visa for job-seeking. If you have found a suitable job, you can apply for the required residence permit and work in Germany. In order to apply for the visa, please visit the German representation abroad. There, you will also receive detailed information on the application requirements.

Proof of an adequate health insurance as well as sufficient means of livelihood must be provided for all residence permits.