Chancenkarte (Opportunity Card) Application Checklist for Skilled Workers

12.06.2024 - Article

Chancenkarte (Opportunity Card) Application Checklist for Skilled Workers

General Information

The Opportunity Card (“Chancenkarte”) enables candidates from non-EU countries to enter Germany for the purpose of seeking employment without the need for a permanent employment contract. Candidates must be recognized as skilled workers or score at least six points in the points system. Additionally, they must have guaranteed means of support during their stay.

Please ensure that you bring all documents listed on the checklist in their original form along with one (1) set of A4 copies.

Additionally, kindly ensure that there are no staples attached to any of the documents

Required documents

⬜ 1 duly completed and signed National visa application forms (VIDEX)

⬜ 1 biometric passport picture not older than 6 months (white/grey background- teeth cannot be visible) Photo requirements

⬜ valid passport (data page and signature page only)

⬜ valid Malaysian permit (applicable to non-Malaysians only)

⬜ Motivation letter (signed)

- clearly stating the type of work or job you intend to pursue in Germany

- provide details on your German language proficiency, including the duration and intensity of your language learning efforts.

- disclose any prior job applications made, specifying the companies applied to, as well as any invitations received for job interviews.

- articulate your reasons for choosing Germany as your desired destination over other EU countries.

- Kindly attach verifiable proof of your job applications or invitations to job interviews

⬜ Curriculum Vitae

Proof of vocational or academic training (such as bachelor’s or master’s degree) and – if applicable – prior work experience in the form of confirmation letters by previous employers

Proof of acknowledgement of your qualification in Germany

Academic Degree: Anabin database printouts listing both your degree and the awarding institution


‘Statement of comparability’ by Anabin

Printout of search result from the anabin website or statement of comparability from the German Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB)

The recognition of your University Degree and Degree course title can be verified through the Database on the Anabin website http://anabin.kmk.org.

Please refer to the following table:

University status

exact name of degree course

Document to be submitted with your visa application

H +


print-out of search result from anabin

H +

not listed

statement of comparability

H +/-


statement of comparability

H +/-

not listed

statement of comparability

Please request the statement of comparability from the Central Office of International Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen) (ZAB) zabservice@kmk.org

Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications

The Statement of Comparability is an official document issued by the “Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen” (Central Office for Foreign Education – ZAB) that describes a foreign higher education qualification, its professional and academic usage. The ZAB Statement of Comparability can facilitate access to the German labour market for holders of foreign higher education qualifications. It is a comparative assessment but not a recognition certificate.


Vocational training: Proof of recognition of your training; additional information can be found here.

General information on the recognition process can be found here.

⬜ If you already are 45 years of age or older or you will turn 45 while in Germany to seek a job: attached declaration in regards to provisions for retirement, duly signed

- If you are successful in finding employment, but do not meet the criteria for a Blue Card EU, you will either have to show an annual income of at least 49.830,- EUR or you have to show adequate provision for your retirement in order to obtain a residence and work permit.

​​​​​​​Proof of Financial Stability

Blocked account (1.027,- Euros/month)


Employment contract for a part-time job (up to 20 hours per week)

Proof of Accommodation (Hotel bookings, Rental Agreements) for the first month only

If you intend on staying at your relatives or friends place please make sure to include

an Invitation letter

a copy of their Passport (data page and signature page only)

a copy of their German permit (if applicable)

a copy of their rental agreement

Proof of Health Insurance Coverage

Certificate of German statutory health insurance (valid from entry date)


Certificate from a private health insurance company (covering statutory health insurance requirements)


Incoming health insurance for the period between arrival and employment start (covering statutory health insurance requirements)

Visa Fee: Fees

Processing time: min. 4 weeks

The above list is not comprehensive and is updated frequently. Additional documents may be required in individual cases.

Incomplete applications will be decided by the Embassy based on the documents that were submitted, and may be rejected.

Documents that are not in German or English language need to be translated by a recognized translator. For further information, please see here.

Applicants may be called in for an Interview.

Disclaimer: All data contained herein is based on the knowledge and experience of the German Embassy Kuala Lumpur at the time of drafting this information sheet. However, no liability can be assumed for the completeness and accuracy.

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