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The so-called West Balkans Rule applies until the end of 2020. It applies to people from:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia

This rule states that it is possible to get a visa for Germany even without a job qualification. Important requirement: a fixed job offer.

You will find further information on the website of the German employment agency. The information is only available in German.

If you’re also interested in getting a job in your own country, you will find opportunities here. Here you will also find information about further training programmes. This will help you improve your job prospects.

The best thing is to get advice. Here you will find advice that is both free of charge and individual. Advice is available in your native language.

Working without a job qualification

The so-called West Balkans Rule applies until the end of 2020. It applies to people from:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia

This rule states that it is possible to get a visa for Germany even without a job qualification. Important requirement: a fixed job offer.

You will find further information on the website of the German employment agency. The information is only available in German.

If you’re also interested in getting a job in your own country, you will find opportunities here. Here you will also find information about further training programmes. This will help you improve your job prospects.

The best thing is to get advice. Here you will find advice that is both free of charge and individual. Advice is available in your native language.

Further opportunities

  • English as a second and foreign language

    Here you can improve your English. This opens up new prospects for you. Good English is especially important in tourism and gastronomy.

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  • Basic course in tourism

    Here you learn the basics of tourism. Professionals give you valuable tips for successful travel programmes. The courses are taught in north and east Hesse.

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  • Build your own solar cooker

    Cook with the sun's energy: here you learn how to build a solar cooker yourself. The course is taught in Bad Hersfeld (north-east Hesse).

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  • Start-ups for women

    Here you can gain the basic knowledge you need for a start-up in your country of origin. This course is intended for women. It is kept simple and is also suitable for those who can't read or write.

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  • Basic course in irrigation technology

    Here you learn the basics of irrigation technology. Professionals give you valuable tips. You learn how to use water economically in gardening and agriculture.

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  • Basic course in baking

    The basics of baking: professionals show you how to bake bread, rolls and cakes. You also learn about sales. The course is taught in Bebra (north-east Hesse).

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  • Basic course in plumbing, heating and air conditioning

    Here you learn the basics of plumbing, heating and air conditioning: professionals show you how to solder pipework. The course is taught in Osnabrück (Lower Saxony).

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  • Vocational training

    Die duale Ausbildung in Deutschland bedeutet: Lernen und im Betrieb arbeiten. Sie besuchen eine Berufsschule und verdienen schon Geld. Die Zukunftschancen sind gut.

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  • Application training for new opportunities

    Here you learn how to write a CV correctly. This increases your chances of finding a suitable job.

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  • Basic course in hairdressing and cosmetics

    Here you learn the basics of hairdressing and cosmetics. Professionals show you drying and dyeing techniques, for example. The course is taught in Osnabrück (Lower Saxony).

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  • Sales training

    Here you practice how to sell products successfully. Professionals give you valuable tips. The courses are taught in north and east Hesse.

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  • Qualification in welding

    Here you can improve your English. This opens up new prospects for you. Good English is especially important in tourism and gastronomy.

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  • Find advice in your area

    Are you thinking about returning to your home country? Here you can look for a counselling centre to advise you on returning home.

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  • Basic course in construction technology

    Here you learn how to build or repair buildings. Specialists will teach you. You get lots of practical tips. The course is taught in Bebra (north-east Hesse).

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  • Financial help to return home

    You might not have to pay to return to Kosovo. Please ask whether financial help is available to you.

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  • Basic course in job hunting

    Here you learn how to hunt for jobs in the international labour market. You are given information about job search websites. Trained specialists help you.

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  • Basic course in photovoltaic systems

    Energy from the sun. Photovoltaic systems. Solar electricity. How do these work? Our course answers questions on this subject. The course is available at various places in north and east Hesse.

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  • Working without a job qualification

    It is very difficult to find work in Germany without a job qualification. But it is possible. If you have a fixed job, you can apply for a visa.

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  • Working without a job qualification

    It is very difficult to find work in Germany without a job qualification. But it is possible. If you have a fixed job, you can apply for a visa.

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  • Basic course in the building trade

    Here you learn the basics of the building trade. Professionals show you how to lay blocks and plaster walls, for example. The course is taught in Osnabrück (Lower Saxony).

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  • Support with job hunting

    Looking for a job, training course or practical placement in Gambia? Baden-Württemberg's industrial education organisation provides you with support to do this.

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  • Finding work without a job qualification

    Those without a job qualification will find it very difficult to find work in Germany.

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  • Working without a job qualification

    It is very difficult to find work in Germany without a job qualification. But it is possible. If you have a fixed job, you can apply for a visa.

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  • Basic course in service provision

    Here you learn which services offer good job opportunities. Professionals give you valuable tips. The courses are taught in north and east Hesse.

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  • Improving your career prospects

    This course helps you prepare for the job market. You can extend your career knowledge and improve your personal abilities.

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  • Basic course in painting and varnishing

    Here you can learn the basics of painting and varnishing. Professionals show you how to paint or wallpaper walls. The course is taught in Osnabrück (Lower Saxony).

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  • Basics for hotel, gastronomy and tourism

    Here you can attend a course if you would like to work in gastronomy, in a hotel or in tourism.

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  • Basic course in electrical installation

    Here you learn the basics of installing electrical systems in buildings and apartments. The course is taught in Bad Hersfeld (north Hesse).

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  • Help for women in need

    Are you seeking help because you feel threatened? Are you experiencing violence or being exploited?
    Women in need are helped at SOLWODI. The advice is free of charge and individual.

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  • Financial help to return home

    You might not have to pay to return to your home country. You might also be able to get some cash.

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  • Basic course in working with wood

    Here you learn the basics of woodworking. Professionals show you how to build cabinets, for example. The course is taught in Osnabrück (Lower Saxony).

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  • Cooking with solar energy

    Use solar energy to cook. Prepare food with renewable energy. How does that work? Our course answers this question. The course is taught in Bad Hersfeld (north-east Hesse).

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  • Finding work with a job qualification

    Information for qualified specialists who would like to work in Germany. Your qualification will have to be recognised and you may have to take further training.

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  • Advice on career opportunities

    Thinking of returning to your homeland? We can advise you. You will receive information on career opportunities and suitable training courses.

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  • Basic course in hairdressing

    Here you learn the basics of the hairdressing trade. Professionals show you how to cut, dye and style hair. The course is taught in Bad Hersfeld (north-east Hesse).

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  • Finding work if you have a university degree

    Information for graduates on job opportunities in Germany.

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  • Welding: course with certificate

    Here you learn how to work with metal. At the end of the course in Bad Hersfeld (north-east Hesse) you can sit a test and be awarded a certificate.

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  • Tourism

    Here you gain a basic knowledge of tourism. This allows you to prepare for working in this sector.

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  • Computer course

    Here you can gain practical IT skills. You learn about the main programmes and find out how to search for something via the internet. That helps you both in your career and personally.

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  • Basic course in vehicle technology

    Interested in cars and technology? Here you can gain a basic knowledge of vehicle technology. You can even work on cars yourself.

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  • Basic course in business start-ups

    Got a business concept? Like to become self-employed? Like to work in accounting? This will give you the basic knowledge you need!

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  • University studies

    Secure good career prospects by taking a degree at a German university.

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  • On the path to being self-employed

    Like to start your own business? Here you can discuss the benefits and disadvantages. You also learn the basics of economic calculation.

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  • Information telephone

    Are you thinking about returning to your home country? Here you can get some basic information about returning home.

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  • Bicycle mechanics

    Here you can learn the basics of bicycle mechanics. This involves a lot of practical work, learning key technical terms and extending your knowledge in mathematics.

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  • Basic course in gastronomy

    Here you learn the basics of gastronomy. Professionals give you valuable tips for working successfully in restaurants. Courses are taught in Bad Hersfeld and Bebra.

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  • Basic course in drinking water filters

    Learn the basics of operating drinking water filters for use in homes. Professionals give you valuable tips on clean water.

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  • Setting up a business

    There are lots of opportunities for self-employed people in Germany – but the start has to be well-planned.

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  • Basic course in working with metal

    Hier lernen Sie den Metallbau kennen. Profis zeigen Ihnen, wie man Metalle bearbeitet. Der Kurs findet in Osnabrück (Niedersachsen) statt.

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  • Variouscareer-relatedcourses

    Training in many areas. For example sewing, computers, cookery, make-up, nursing care, bookkeeping, English, German for tourism. These coursesarerun in Mannheim, Germany.

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  • Courses in textiles, crafts, maths

    Training for women. You will learn basic practical skills in the areas of sewing, knitting, crafts and mathematics. The coursesarerun in theRhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

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  • Various practical trainingcourses

    Training involving theory and practical courses. For example warehousing, logistics, vehicle mechanics, tailoring or nursing care and hygiene. In Meppen, LowerSaxony, Germany.

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  • Online course in computer science

    The Kiron learning platform offers courses at university level. The computer science subject involves mathematical tools, algorithms, programming, hardware and software.

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  • Start-up opportunities

    Got a business concept? Want to become self-employed in your country of origin? Need help to start? At StartHope@Home you will find courses and advice.

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  • Online course in social work

    The Kiron learning platform offers courses at university level. It conveys a wide spectrum of theoretical and scientific knowledge about social work.

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  • Plumbing, heating and air conditioning

    This is where you can learn about plumbing, heating and air conditioning. Installing or maintaining systems, for example. The course is held in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia).

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  • Introduction to painting and varnishing

    You learn the basics of coating. The course includes colour theory, decoration and coating techniques. The course is taught in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia).

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  • Introduction to electrical engineering

    This is where you can learn the basics of electrical engineering, including tool design, key mathematics and the structure of circuits. The course is taught in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia).

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  • Online course in business and economics

    Die Lernplattform „Kiron“ bietet Module auf Hochschulniveau: theoretische Grundlagen von Wirtschaftssystemen und praxisnahe Betriebswirtschaft.

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  • Business game: running a company

    On this course you will play the role of an entrepreneur. It involves some simple exercises. These exercises are practical. You will learn basic business principles.

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  • Financial help to return home

    You might not have to pay to return to your home country.

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  • Introduction to metal construction

    This is where you can learn about metal construction, including understanding materials and handling different tools and machines. The course is taught in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia).

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