Seasonal employment of foreigners; application for a work permit

For the temporary employment of people from Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as seasonal workers, you as an employer must apply for a work permit from the Federal Employment Agency.

Description

Prerequisites

In order to obtain the work permit, you must be able to prove that the seasonal workers you wish to employ,

  • have adequate health insurance,
  • have adequate housing,
  • have a concrete job offer or a valid employment contract,
  • the employment will last no more than 90 days per 180-day period, and
  • will work at least 30 hours per week.

The work permit will not be issued if

  • the foreigner is already in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, unless
    • the person has entered the country to take up the seasonal employment for which the work permit is requested, or
    • the work permit is applied for a seasonal employment that follows a previous seasonal employment.
  • The seasonal employee has applied for asylum; or
  • the seasonal employee has not fulfilled the obligations of a previous seasonal employment; or
  • the seasonal employee has already worked or is to work as a seasonal employee for 90 days within a 180-day period; or
  • the seasonal employee works less than 30 hours per week, or
  • your company is in insolvency proceedings, or
  • your company is not (any longer) in business.

Procedure

If you would like to employ a seasonal worker but do not yet know of one, you can order the Federal Employment Agency to provide you with a seasonal worker (currently from Georgia and the Republic of Moldova):

  • Go to the application page of the Federal Employment Agency, fill out the order confirmation and employer declaration and submit it to your responsible employer service.
  • The information sheet informs you about further requirements and the next steps.
  • Please sign and return the order confirmation to the employer service of your responsible employment agency. This order confirmation also serves as an application for a work permit.
  • The Federal Employment Agency will check your application and ask you to submit evidence of pay, working hours and other working conditions.

If you already know seasonal workers from Georgia or Moldova and want to employ them, the following procedure applies to you:

  • Go to the application page of the Federal Employment Agency, please fill out the form for requesting seasonal workers by name.
  • The Federal Employment Agency will review your application and ask you to submit evidence of pay, hours, and other working conditions.

If your application is approved, you will receive a work permit for the seasonal worker from the Federal Employment Agency.

Processing time

At least 4 weeks if the seasonal employee to be hired is already known. Otherwise, a processing time of approximately 8 weeks should be expected. (4 to 8 weeks)

Required documents

  • Required document/s

    If you would like to employ a seasonal worker but do not yet know any, the following documents are required:

    • Proof of pay, working hours and other working conditions for your seasonal workers, for example employment contracts or an entry in the order confirmation and employer's declaration application form
    • Informal notification of health insurance cover
    • Information on accommodation for your seasonal workers on the order confirmation and employer's declaration form
    • Copies of the seasonal workers' travel documents, e.g. passports

    If you already know seasonal workers from Georgia or Moldova, the following documents are required:

    • "Application form for the request by name of seasonal agricultural workers from third countries"
    • Proof of sufficient health insurance for the seasonal worker
    • Copies of the travel documents of the seasonal workers, e.g. passports

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Auftragsbestätigung und Arbeitgebererklärung Saisonhilfskräfte
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antragsformular für die namentliche Anforderung von Saisonhilfskräften in der Landwirtschaft aus Drittstaaten
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • Fee: none

Remedy

  • Appeal. Detailed information on how to file an appeal can be found in the notification of your application.
  • Social court action

Status:05.05.2023

Responsible for editing:Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales

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