Late repatriates; application for recognition of a certificate or qualification for an IHK occupation

If you are a late repatriate and have a vocational training qualification in industry, commerce or the service sector, your vocational training certificate or qualification may be recognized under certain conditions.



  • recognized late repatriate status or federal expellee ID card
  • vocational qualification at skilled worker level in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Poland, Romania, former Czechoslovakia or Hungary
  • the qualification is extensively comparable with the respective German educational qualification


You can only apply for recognition of your qualification in writing.

  • Use the application form on the website of your local Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) or under "Forms" (Application for recognition according to BVFG).
  • If possible, speak personally with the responsible employee named for this purpose.
  • Submit all documents mentioned in the application completely and certified.
  • As a rule, you will receive verbal preliminary information as to whether and in which profession an equalization is possible.
  • Your documents will be thoroughly checked and the application will be processed.
  • You will receive a fee notice.
  • Once the fee notice has been paid, you will be sent the notice of recognition or non-recognition.



Processing time

The processing of the complete documents usually takes up to 6 weeks.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required:

    • Proof of identity (identity card or passport, if necessary proof of change of name)
    • Residence permit
    • Curriculum vitae in tabular form (with monthly and annual data)
    • Certified copies of the original certificates and diplomas (in the native language)
    • Certified copies of the translations of these certificates and diplomas, prepared by a sworn and publicly appointed interpreter
    • Certified copy of the expellees' identity card (certificate according to § 15 of the Federal Expellees Act) or the late repatriate certificate
    • Copy of the residence permit as well as the identity card (Passa-Port/Identity-Card)
    • If applicable, further certificates/evidence of school or vocational training or professional activities (work book, activity certificates), insofar as they are related to the professional qualification
    • Declaration that no application has been made to any other chamber of industry and commerce, chamber of handicrafts or other body for verification of these documents.

    You can find out which documents are required in your case from the application form of the relevant Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


  • A fee of 20.00 to 80.00 EUR is charged for the examination and processing of the application, depending on the fee tariff of the locally responsible IHK.



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