How to start working as nurse in Germany
Fully qualified nurses with some work experience in their home country, will be allowed to work in Germany after completing the German language up to the B2 level and doing an adaption course or passing a nurses exam.
As an ageing society, Germany does not only have a high demand for nurses, but also for people looking after the elderly in special homes.
Visa application process for foreign Nurses
THE FIRST STEP
If a nurse is interested in working in Germany he/she must first have all documents checked to see if he/she is eligible. To do this we need scanned copies of following documents:
- Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
- CV/personal data sheet in table format
- Proof of completed nursing studies (degree certificate, diploma, nursing school qualification)
- Proof of all courses with subjects and hours (theoretical and practical training)
- Proof of duration and content of clinical internships
- Certificates showing relevant professional experience
THE SECOND STEP
If you are eligible to join the program for international nurses, you will receive a non-binding offer letter stating all the cost involved. We will arrange for the translation and certification of your documents to send them to the state office in Germany.
You will start with the German language course in Mauritius. (Should you be working and not be free for German courses in Mauritius, you can also do the full German course from Germany after your arrival.)
THE THIRD STEP
The German state office will evaluate the documents of the nurse and will compare his/her qualifications and work experience with the German curriculum. They will decide about their eligibility and will issue a document of acknowledgement of his/her qualifications and work experience. - detailing what needs to be done in Germany in additional qualification/trianing. This document is needed for visa application.
Learn German with ISL up to B2 level and pass the TELC B2 exam.
The nurse then has 2 options to become fully qualified in Germany:
1. Do an adaptation course in a hospital that typically takes about 6-12 months and ends with an oral examination. The costs of this is usually paid by the German Government (application required)
2. Do a written nursing exam. A preparation course is necessary and usually takes 3-6 months. The costs for this are typically covered by the German Government (application required)
- Upon passing the exam, the nursing school will issue a certificate, which allows the nurse to work as a recognized nurse.
- The nurse will be able to work as an acknowledged nurse all over Germany. Usually, job offers are published at the nursing school or at the hospital as there is an extremely high demand for nurses in Germany.