Work Permit for Refugees

When can I start to work?

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You need a work permit before you can start to work in Germany. And whether you would be issued a work permit depends on your residence permit. Here you can learn more about the regulations which apply to you when it comes to obtaining a work permit in Germany.

If you are not a refugee, visit our chapter “Immigration to Germany” to learn when and how you can apply for a work permit and enter the German job market.

Can I obtain a work permit?

My asylum application is still ongoing

I have a “Duldung”

I have a residence permit


Before, work permits were granted to people in asylum procedure and the ones with a “Duldung” only if no German or EU citizen has applied for the position. The regulation (known as priority check or “"Vorrangsprüfung") does not apply anymore.