Standortvermerk (the location note)

• Introduction

This article explains the Standortvermerk, which is German for “location note”. This term probably means nothing in English. However, in German, this term means one of the methods a foreign doctor can use to prove that he is interested in working in a particular German state. Hence, he can apply for a German Approbation there. The steps for applying for the Approbation are mentioned in the “10 steps” article.

The following article explains the other methods of proving interest:

🇩🇪 Applying for the Approbation: The proof of intention

The document with a Standortvermerk can enable foreign doctors to apply for Approbation before coming to German. The other documents required to apply for the Approbation are mentioned in the following article:

🇩🇪 Required documents to apply for Approbation in Germany (2023)

• From where can you get the Standortvermerk?

You can get it through the:

🇩🇪 Zentrale Servicestelle Berufsanerkennung (ZSBA)
Service Center for Professional Recognition

According to the English version of their website:

The Service Center for Professional Recognition counsels skilled workers abroad and supports them in the recognition procedure.

Source: Link

• How can you apply for a Standortvermerk?

You simply need to send the ZSBA an email asking for this document, and then they will help you with your application. It is that easy.

Their email address is:

• Do you need to be in Germany to apply for a Standortvermerk?

No 🥳🥳🥳

• Is there a minimum German language level?

We are not sure, but someone had a successful application with a German B1-level certificate.

• What are the required documents?

According to some members in our main Facebook group , the ZSBA replies and ask for the following files to be sent via email:

Examples of the explanation

Sometimes, they will arrange a short video interview over Skype with you. It is in simple German, but if you did not understand anything, they will explain it to you in English.

• Which German states recognize the Standortvermerk?

Surely in North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin, and Rhineland-Palatinate (🇩🇪 Rheinland-Pfalz), but probably too in some other Approbation authorities. Do you have any information?

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