Immigrants and foreign professionals can be a real enrichment for your company with their different qualifications. They often have some interesting skills and knowledge. Make use of this potential.
There are a few things to keep in mind when recruiting, hiring and retaining immigrant people with residence permits and foreign skilled workers. There are many services available to help you recruit and integrate immigrants and skilled foreign workers.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the counselling centres.
Frequently asked questions
If you want to hire immigrant people, there are a few things you need to consider. Depending on their residence status, immigrants are not always allowed to work immediately. There are cases in which you have to apply for employment at the migration office in time. Before you hire a person with residence status, you must be sure and also be able to prove that this person is allowed to work or has a work permit.
The residence document states the conditions under which the employee may work. Generally there are three cases:
– Gainful employment permitted. The permit is valid without restrictions. This means that the employee is treated in the same way as local employees.
– Gainful employment permitted only with permission of the migration office. In this case, the employee must submit an application to the BAMF (link) to be allowed to work.
– Gainful employment not permitted. The employee is not allowed to work for the time being.
When recruiting professionals who are still abroad, there are a few things to consider. The process consists of several steps.
1. are you and your company optimally prepared for foreign professionals? Intercultural competence is the magic formula.
2. when recruiting abroad, the job advertisement will be slightly different. Focus on skills and knowledge. There are various offers to advertise the job in the international market.
3. entry and employment depends on the country of origin and the country where the professional qualification was obtained. For certain professions, foreign qualifications must be officially recognised. If a qualification is only partially recognised, for example, appropriate compensatory measures must be organised. 4.
Create a welcoming culture and support the new skilled worker in feeling comfortable in the company and in everyday life.
A detailed description of the steps can be found in the Guide to Skilled Worker Immigration of the Welcome Service Bremen – Regional Coordination Office for Skilled Worker Immigration.
Staying starts with feeling good. Support your new employees in the company and in everyday life. A permanent contact person ensures trust in the company. This person can also help in everyday life, for example, when looking for a place to live or when going to the authorities.
In Bremen, you can get advice from various offices on the employment of immigrants.
A good first point of contact is the Bremen Welcome Service – Regional Coordination Office for Skilled Worker Immigration, where you can obtain information on topics such as work permits, residence and recognition.