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Guide: Opportunity Card for Germany 🇩🇪

Opportunity card or Chancenkarte allows qualified professionals to seek permanent work in Germany. You need to score 6 points on various parameters to get a visa for a year. However if you have a diploma recognized in Germany, you do not need to gain points! But for any scenario you must provide funds for living in Germany - 12,324 euros for a year.

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Requirements for Germany opportunity card

  • Funds of 12,324 euros on a blocked account or a financial guarantee
  • University and specialization of a higher education diploma in the Anabin database
  • OR 6 points (language, work experience and education, age, connections with Germany)

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Turnaround time
Turnaround time:
1-2 months
Visa period
Residence length:
1 year with possible prolongation for 1-2 year more
Required funds
12,324 euros (year)
Expenses for preparing:
No family reunion
Possibility to work in Germany
Possibility to work:
Up to 20 hours per week or two-week internship while you are looking for a permanent job
If you receive a full-time job offer, the visa is converted into a work residence permit without leaving Germany

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Chancenkarte is a way to stay in Germany for up to 12 months to find a job.

If your university and diploma are in the special database - Anabin - you receive the visa and welcome to Germany! If not, then you need to score more than 6 points based on different parameters - qualifications, language skills, work experience, age, connections with Germany.

While you are looking for a full-time job, you can work part-time up to 20 hours a week or complete a two-week probation period (unlimited). Once you have found a permanent job, you need to apply for a residence permit to work, which opens the way to obtaining German permanent residence and citizenship. Also you can switch to the chance card from study visa types, including a language visa or work activity (from paragraph 16 to 21).

Regardless of your diploma and education, you need to have 12,324 euros for a year. The funds can be shown either in a blocked account, or you can use a financial guarantee from relatives or friends in Germany with a permanent job, who take full responsibility for your support. A contract for a part-time job also can be a financial guarantee.

There is no a family reunion but if both parents apply for an Opportunity card - they can take children with them.

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Germany Opportunity Card check list 2024

  • Application for submission to the consulate or VFS
  • Passport and copy of pages with a personal data
  • (and/or) higher education diploma and extract from Anabin database (with/without apostille - depends on a consulate)
  • (and/or) documents confirming work experience
  • Motivation letter - your detailed plan for your stay in Germany
  • Funds in a blocked account or a finance guarantee
  • Printout of Self-Check results from the Make-it-in-Germany portal
  • Autobiography for the last 10 years
  • Ceriticate of no criminal records if required by a consulate
  • Medical insurance
  • Marrige certificate with apostille and certified translation (if a spouse apply for a visa too with his or her package)
  • Birth certificate with apostille and certified translation (if both parents apply for a visa)

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