The Employment Agency (at your place of residence) can fund your professional qualification, if respective requirements are met. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by the Employment Agency counsellor.
The Employment Agency can issue education vouchers for all AZAV-certified FIA courses (“Intensive Course Preparation Language Test” and “Intensive Course Preparation Knowledge Test”).
Requirements for funding and proof (documents) needed depend on the Employment Agency.
Get in touch with the Employment Agency responsible for you by sending an e-mail, which states that you want to apply for an education voucher for the course “abc” at the Freiburg International Academy gGmbH, training center xyz and ask what proof/ documents you need to provide. Also, ask for contact details of an official in charge.
You will find your Employment Agency’s e-mail address online. If not, contact your FIA funding team (firstname.lastname@example.org), we are glad to help you.
An education voucher covers the entire course fees. Travel costs and test fees are not included in the education voucher. However, you may receive individual support. Please ask your official in charge at the Employment Agency.
- Place of residence in Germany
- Valid visa/ residence permit: residence permit for language acquisition or recognition of foreign qualification (§ 16b, § 16 d, § 16f) as well as family reunification with foreign nationals (§ 29) or spousal reunification (§ 30)
- Proof of recognition procedure (e.g. receipt or recognition letter; variations may apply depending on Employment Agency)
Get in touch with the Employment Agency 6 weeks before course commencement. (Some agencies also provide funding up to one or two weeks before commencement. Be sure to contact the Employment Agency responsible for you and ask.)
Due to restrictions during the coronavirus crisis currently following possibilities are available to you for registering your personal data:
- online: https://anmeldung.arbeitsagentur.de/portal
- Via the Federal Employment Agency hotline: 0800 4 5555-00 (free of charge)
Subsequently, you will receive a customer number in the mail; you will always need to provide this number.
Send combined photocopies of all the requested proof/ documents via e-mail to your personal official in charge or to the Employment Agency’s general e-mail address at your place of residency (where you are registered). Do not forget to include your customer number.
The requested proof may vary, thus we recommend informing yourself in advance.
- Education voucher application (FIA form, download available below)
- Curriculum Vita (CV)
- Confirmation of registration
- Valid visa/ residence permit
- Language certificate (B2 or professional language C1)
- For funding of a preparation course professional knowledge test: provide a confirmation of participation in a professional language course (C1) if you have not yet passed the professional language test
- FIA offer letter
- Receipt or recognition letter
- Copy of graduation certificate (German translation)
- When you recieve an education voucher, e-mail a copy or foto to your FIA contact person (team consulting and registration) as soon as possible.
- If you do not receive an education voucher, e-mail the education voucher application together with the completed rejection form from the Employment Agency to your FIA contact person (team consulting and registration) as soon as possible. Request the application together with the completed rejection form from your counsellor if you do not receive one. There is a possibility for subordinate IQ-funding, which FIA will submit for you.
Particularities/ further information
Intensive Course Preparation Dental Knowledge Test in Essen or Heidelberg
Inform your official in charge about the two-week-long practical training in Freiburg. Ask about accommodations and travel costs for Freiburg. Be sure that “nationwide” or “not within daily commuting area” is stated on the education voucher under further education location/ limitations!