According to Section 18 Residence Act citizens from third countries may be permitted to take up an employment provided that this corresponds to the demands of the economic competitiveness of Germany and the conditions on the job market. While normally for taking up an employment according to Section 18 Residence Act the approval of the Federal Labor Office is necessary, this restriction does not apply for the area of science and research.
The entitlement for taking up an employment has to be explicitly noticed in the Residence Permit and this permission is only valid for the specific occupation determined by this document. In contrast to the Settlement Permit, the Residence Permit is accorded for only a limited period. Nevertheless a prolongation is possible provided that the basic conditions, which led to the issue of the precedent Residence Permit, remain the same.
One of the preconditions to apply for a Residence Permit with entitlement for taking up an employment is the existence of a concrete job offer whereas the proof of a minimum income and German language proficiency are normally not absolutely necessary. A German Residence Permit allows furthermore traveling to other member countries of the Schengen-Area for a period of up to three months.
Finally the possession of a Residence Permit with entitlement for taking up an employment also authorizes the marriage partner, who enters Germany for the purpose of family reunification, to take up an employment corresponding to the access to the labor market accorded to the holder of the Residence Permit with entitlement for taking up an employment to whom the immigration happens. An approval of the Federal Labor Office is normally necessary, provided that the occupation chosen by the marriage partner is not exempted by §§2-15 BeschV (Employment procedure regulations). In contrast to the holder of the Residence Permit with entitlement for taking up an employment the marriage partner has normally necessarily to prove German language proficiency when entering Germany.
These indications shall only serve as a first general orientation. With regard to the differing individual circumstances of each stay as a foreigner in Germany and the corresponding legal provisions it is absolutely necessary to contact in any case and as early as possible the responsible foreigners’ authority in Germany.