Work and social

Work ensures the basis of one's livelihood and promotes integration into society. A precondition for entry into the professional world is a work permit and good knowledge of the German language. You can find more information on the subject of work on the following pages.

To start with, here are some basic principles on working as an immigrant in Germany.
Immigrants from EU countries may enter Germany without a visa and are free to work in Germany.


If you come from the new member states, you may need a work permit.
The Immigration Authority will be able provide you with more information.


Dithmarschen County
Special Service: Ordnung und Sicherheit (Compliance and Security)
Stettiner Str. 30
Rooms 132 and 133
D-25746 Heide

Letters A - K:
Tel.: 0481 – 97 1268
Letters L - Z:
Tel.: 0481 – 97 1243
Information hotline
Tel.: 0481 – 97 1030

Immigrants from countries outside the EU (non-member states) need a work permit.

This is issued by the Immigration Authority together with the residence permit.

In some cases the Immigration Authority must involve the Central Office for International Placements in Duisburg. Approval is only given if the job cannot be filled by a German, EU citizen or another employee with preferential treatment (e.g. third-country nationals who have been living in Germany for a longer period of time).

Due to a shortage of skilled labour, there are several possibilities for obtaining a residence permit for the purpose of working, e.g. after studying.

The Immigration Authority will be able provide you with more information.
To apply, you will need the following documents:

  • Employment contract or job offer
  • Job description (completed by the employer).
  • Your last three payslips (if you have already worked for your employer).

Approval will only be given if the job cannot be filled by a German, EU citizen or another employee with preferential treatment (e.g. third-country nationals who have been living in Germany for a longer period of time).