The equivalence procedure starts with an application. An application can be submitted by mail, fax or electronically, for example. You can submit the application online via the platform for secure communication in Bavaria, which is connected to the Bavarian Service Portal, if the competent authority has connected to the platform.
Online application per profession
In the recognition procedure, the competent body checks whether your foreign professional qualification corresponds to the German reference profession, i.e. whether there are any significant differences. You can use the recognition finder on the "Recognition in Germany" portal to determine your reference occupation. Then you can select the formality on this page, depending on the reference occupation, and then the place where you will/would like to work. The contact details of the responsible office will be displayed and you can submit the application and the required documents to them online (as long as they can be reached securely via the platform for secure communication in Bavaria).
Step-by-step to the right formality
- Use the finder in the information portal of the German government for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications "Anerkennung in Deutschland" to determine your reference occupation.
- Select on the page "Work and occupation - Recognition of foreign professional qualifications" depending on the reference occupation or the occupation you wish to pursue the formalities and inform yourself about the procedure.
- The competent authority will be displayed, after you select under "Localization" the location where you will/would like to work. The contact details of the competent authority will then be displayed under "Responsible for you".
- Click under "Responsible for you" on "Secure online communication" if you want to submit the application online to the competent authority. "Secure online communication" is not displayed if the online application is not possible.
- You must then first register / authenticate once on the platform for secure communication in Bavaria "Plattform für sichere Kommunikation in Bayern"(registration can take up to 10 working days).
If you are already registered, you must sign up and can then upload and send the application and the required documents. For more information on electronic procedure processing and the platform for secure communication in Bavaria, see "Electronic procedure processing".