Germany Opportunity Card for Job Seekers Applicants (2024)

The Germany Opportunity card (Chancenkarte) will enable third-country nationals to seek employment. This is similar to the Germany Job Seeker Visa but has some differences. With the opportunity card candidates from non-EU countries can enter Germany to look for a suitable job. However, you need to know about the requirements, the application process, and the difference between the Job seeker visa, and the opportunity card.

Applicants who apply for the opportunity card do not have to show proof of a permanent employment contract. The Opportunity card is based on the Point System and you only need 6 Points to qualify. These 6 points will cover your basic education such as Degree, age, and experience (if you have one). The applications for the Opportunity Card will open on 1st June 2024 officially.

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Benefits of Germany Opportunity Card

  • It is a Point Based System.
  • You only need 6 points.
  • You can stay for one year on an opportunity card.
  • You will get a one-year residence permit to look for a job.
  • You do not need a permanent employment contract!
  • You can even work in Germany during the Job seeking period on this opportunity card
  • You are allowed to do part-time Jobs on this Card.

Also Check: HZB International Summer Student Program 2024, Germany

Understand the Point Based System

The Opportunity card is based on the points-based system.

  • Total Points: 14
  • Required Points: 6
Total Points14
How many Points Required6
Qualification (Degree)Up to 6 points if you have a university degree.
ExperienceUp to 3 points
Age2 points if you are under 35 or 1 point if you are between 35 and 40 years old.
German LanguageUp to 3 points if you speak German
Previous stays in Germany1 point if you have previously lived in Germany for at least 6 months.
Spouses1 point if your spouse also meets the requirements for an opportunity card.

Requirements and Eligibility

To be eligible for the German Opportunity Card you must satisfy the criteria:

  • This opportunity Card is for non-Europeans.
  • You must have a vocational or educational degree.
  • Get at least 6 Points.
  • You must not have a criminal record.
  • You must have sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay in Germany.
  • Hold a degree or vocational training
  • Have three years of professional experience
  • Have German language skills or proof of having previously stayed in Germany
  • Be 35 years of age or younger.
  • You have to apply through the German Embassy.

Also Check: HZDR Summer Student Program 2024, Germany (Funded)

How to Apply for the Germany Opportunity Card?

Opening Date: June 1st, 2024: Opportunity Card applications open and the card officially comes into effect.

You can apply through either the local Foreigners’ Registration Office in Germany or the relevant German mission abroad in your country of origin such as an embassy, or consulate.

Also Check: DESY Summer Student Program 2024, Germany (Fully Funded)

Difference Between German Job Seeker Visa and the Opportunity Card

FeatureGermany Job Seeker VisaGermany Opportunity Card
PurposeEnter Germany to search for a jobEnter Germany to search for a job and potentially stay longer
Work ExperienceMinimum 3 years of relevant work experienceMinimum 3 years of relevant work experience
Stay Duration6 months1 year, extendable for another year
Application ProcessA more traditional visa application process with specific documents requiredA point-based system with an online application form.
FlexibilityLimited – cannot switch career fields easilyMore flexible – can change career fields or take internships
How to ApplyThrough EmbassyThrough Embassy

Please Note: The Germany Opportunity Card is a new program that is still being developed. The details may change before it is officially launched in June 2024.

As Opportunities Corners founder, my name is Muhammad Saim Rasheed. I completed my higher education from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. I have been to Egypt for the AIESEC internship in 2016. In addition, I am an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's (SUSI 2017) Exchange Program. I participated in the Young Leaders Fellowship in the Maldives in 2021, and I went to the International Youth Leadership Summit in Turkiye in 2022. Since 2017, I have participated in numerous fully funded educational and leadership programs. I therefore created this blog based on my own personal experiences, and I mentor students who are eager and enthusiastic about pursuing fully funded opportunities. You can visit the official source for additional information by clicking on the links provided at the end of the post. Read more about me and our partners here.