Apprenticeship (Ausbildung)


You can do vocational training in Germany if you have found an apprenticeship placement and have sufficient knowledge of the German language.

Processing period

The processing period may take 2-3 months. During the processing period you cannot inquire about the status of your application. Upon expiry of the processing period only the applicant, his/her legal representative or persons holding an authorization letter from the applicant may inquire about the status of the visas.


The fee is 75,00 € payable in USD cash only. Please bring small USD bills. The application form can be downloaded for free.

Necessary documents

Please bring the following documents in the mentioned order to your appointment at the Embassy. Additional documents may in some cases be requested. Documents sent in advance will not be archived.

Complete the online application form (application forms are required for each applicant separately; all children require separate forms).

Bring one signed copy of the form including the barcodes to your appointment.

A valid passport signed by the holder, issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least one year is necessary. The passport needs to have at least 2 subsequent blank pages. Please bring one photocopy of the passport biodata page to your appointment.

1 fully biometric passport photo, 35 x 45 mm, no older than three months. Digitally altered passport photos cannot be accepted. Please ensure that your photo adheres to German biometric requirements and is taken in front of a white/bright background.

Non-Zimbabweans - please bring your valid Zimbabwean residence permit and 1 photocopy to your appointment.

Apprenticeship contract - plus 1 copy

commensurate with the level of statutory German public health insurance (“gesetzliche Krankenversicherung”) - plus 1 copy

  • Curriculum vitae - plus 1 copy

  • Letter of motivation - plus 1 copy

  • 1 copy of your final school certificate

B1 required for qualified vocational training e.g. any vocation in the nursing sector. Otherwise A2 is sufficient. All certificates should be presented in original form plus 1 copy each. Certificates issued by any institution testing in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) are accepted.

If the salary is less than EUR 934 and the training company does not offer support for accommodation the financing gap must be closed with one of the below options. Options below may be combined, provided that the total requirement is being met. Please note that NO alternative evidence of funds is acceptable.


  • formal commitment (“Verpflichtungserklärung”) by sponsor resident in Germany

Book an appointment

Please use our online appointment booking system

Booking via telephone or email is not possible. At the appointment, you will submit all required documents and pay the visa processing fee. You will be interviewed with regard to your planned stay in Germany and your biometric data (passport photograph and fingerprints) will be collected.

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