International qualified professionals from non-member countries

International qualified professionals come to FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) from all over the world. For people from so-called third countries, permits to stay and work are granted with special conditions. Third countries are all countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area. 

The Immigration Office decides on residence permits. This is the case for all administrative districts and independent towns and cities. You can find these easily using the search function on our map.

Residence for the purpose of employment is usually subject to approval from the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). There are exceptions, however, for highly qualified people with a residence permit, for holders of an EU Blue Card, for graduates from German universities and German schools abroad, and sometimes also for company managers – that is, senior executives or shareholders.

Citizens of certain countries essentially have a privileged position when it comes to opportunities for entry and residence. Such countries include Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA.

Further information on access to the employment market can be found on our Conditions of Entry and Residence page.