🇩🇪 Types of visas to come to Germany for medical specialties

• Types of visas:

There are two types of visas that medical professionals can apply for:

– §16f visa

– §16d visa

• Translations and description of the names

Abbreviation after the name of law for the visa§16f visa§16d visa
🇺🇸 Name in EnglishVisa for language acquisitionVisa for the recognition of foreign qualifications
🇩🇪 Name in German🇩🇪 Visum zum Spracherwerb🇩🇪 Visum zur Anerkennung ausländischer Berufsqualifikationen
§: This sign is called in German “Paragraphenzeichen” (🇺🇸 sign of paragraph). It refers to a specific section of a law. In our case here, the law for visa. So, §16f means according to paragraph 16f of the visa law.

Differences between §16f visa & §16d visa

The difference is simple. The only obvious difference is that Visa d16 gives the doctor room to work and earn money. The number of hours the visa holder is allowed to work depends on the type of job you get:

Job typeRelated to medicineNot related to medicine
Maximum allowed number of working hours40 hours
(maybe more, not sure)
Alternative nameIt’s called a mini-job.
Article: What is a mini-job exactly?

• What determines which type of visa I will receive?

Based on the reason for coming to Germany:

 You have a B1 language certificate and booking language courses in Germany:B2 level language certificate and acceptance for training in a hospital.
The type of visa granted “most of the time”§16f visa§16f visa

There are unfortunately in how the different applications are treated. Some who apply for §16f visa might get a §16d visa 🥳, but also, some who apply for §16d visa might get a §16f visa. 😕

But do not be sad. After coming to Germany, one can after taking with the foreigners’ authority (🇩🇪 die Ausländerbehörde) change the type of his/her visa.

• How do you convert the visa type from §16f to §16d?

You must speak with the employee of the foreign office who is in responsible for you. The employee frequently seeks multiple proofs that the doctor is in Germany with the intention of later working as a doctor.

Later, when you pass the medical language exam and receives confirmation of employment, he can change the type of his visa.

• Can you bring your spouse with these visas?

Unfortunately, the doctor cannot reunite with his family members before he succeeds in the medical language exam, obtains a work contract, and get a blue card (🇩🇪 die Blaue Karte EU).

• Required documents for the visa

• Language courses training in a hospital (🇩🇪 die Hospitation)

• Proof of residence

• Proof of financial resources: Either a (1) closed bank account (🇩🇪 das Sperrkonto) or a (2) declaration of commitment (🇩🇪 die Verpflichtungserklärung). More details in this article:

 🇩🇪 Proof of financial resources for the visa application

… We will update the list in the future.

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