Recognition of foreign certificates

IQ Recognition Saar

You want to immigrate to Germany, you have just immigrated or you have been living here for a long time? Are you wondering how the qualifications acquired in your country of origin or those of your family members can be recognised in Germany and what opportunities they offer you on the labour market?

You are an employer and are asking yourself how you should classify an applicant with foreign qualifications in the German education system in order to adequately fill a vacancy in your company?

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Individuals, companies, associations, organisations and institutions can contact the IQ Recognition Saar service point with these and similar questions.

IQ Recognition Saar is part of the IQ Integration Network by the Regional Integration Network (RIN) Saarland – your partner for labour market integration and qualification of international skilled workers.

You can find more information on the services and contact partners of the Regional Integration Network (RIN) Saarland at:

The team of IQ Recognition Saar provides information and accompanies you in clarifying the following questions:

  • What innovations result from the new federal and Saarland recognition laws?

  • For which qualifications (school, vocational, university qualifications) are there recognition procedures?

  • In which professions is recognition absolutely necessary for practising the profession?

  • Which professions can I pursue without formal recognition and what chances do I have on the labour market with my qualification?

  • Which body is responsible for recognition?

  • How do I make an application for recognition?

  • Which documents are required to make the application?

  • What are the costs for the application process?

  • What forms of recognition are there (equivalent, partially equivalent)?

  • What entitlements are associated with a certificate of recognition? How should such a certificate be interpreted? Which other steps are required?

  • What other assessment methods are there apart from those mentioned?

Links for recognition and working in Germany

Important documents as downloads:

The IQ Recognition Saar project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the European Union through the European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus) as part of the “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” funding programme and is administered by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Partner in the implementation is the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Your contact partners

Max Mustermann
Gabriela Weiskopf Head of IQ Recognition 0681 210 66 460
Max Mustermann
Werner Dörr IQ Recognition Saar 0681 210 66 458
Max Mustermann
Marika Gelashvili IQ Recognition Saar 0681 210 66 459
Max Mustermann
Yuliya Lund IQ Recognition Saar 0681 210 66 456