Following this tweet I had posted a week ago, I got many direct messages or replies asking me more about the procedure of moving to Germany from Lebanon. In order to answer everyone including people those of you who were hesitant to reach out, I am writing this blog post in hopes that it would be of help!
How can I move to Germany?
Since you can’t apply for immigration, you simply have two options:
- Study in a public or private university, which can help you get an internship and maybe a job later on if you’re lucky enough,
- Find a job that offers a visa sponsorship.
How fluent do I have to be in german?
If you are willing to study here, you need to have a certificate of C1 to be able to get accepted (many of your courses might be in German). There are some universities though that teach all of their courses in English, and don’t request a certificate of proficiency.
If you find a job that offers a visa sponsorship, chances are this job is in English. In any case, you will often have to speak with locals. Obvious as it may sound, this is very important for your integration as well.
What is the best way for me to learn German for free?
I studied one level and a half of German all by myself way before coming to Germany and resuming my studies in school. I would recommend you check out my three favorite channels on YouTube, they really helped me understand the basics before my move to Berlin.
German with Jenny | Lingoni
German with Anja
Which websites can I use to search for a job?
It’s websites you’ve heard of like Glassdoor.de, Indeed.de, Stackoverflow.com, or LinkedIn.
Just make sure to look for jobs that offer a visa sponsorship.
If you have any more questions for me, I will try my best to answer them, please let me know in the comments! x
4 thoughts on “Moving to Germany from Lebanon”
Hey Melissa, I think your blog is great it talks about so many issues that are also on my mind as a Lebanese trying to figure out my way… And I really appreciate how REAL and genuine you are. I would love to know if you have any german language school recommendations in Berlin? I feel like that is something I would like to do for sometime and any suggestions would be so helpful. Thank you ❤
Hi Lin! Sorry about the really late reply, I guess with everything going on I have forgotten to blog and open my website… Nevertheless, there are a lot of good schools to learn german from, but from my experience, the “volkshochschule” in berlin is the best!
I wish you the best of luck! ❤
Thank you for this post. I am an engineer and I am also looking for this move the soonest and I am learning German. Now I am A1 level in German and also applying online for jobs. Is there a tip or a way to know if companies offer a visa sponsorship ?
Other question, do you have an idea about the job seeker visa? And do you recommend it?
Thank you so much for your help.
Hello Melissa, Thank you for all the information and tips you have mentioned. I am an Engineer and looking for this move the soonest so I am learning German and currently I am A1 level. Is there a certain way to know which companies offer sponsorship visa?
There is also an option of a Job seeker visa which I may do once I reach B1 level to have better chance in finding a job but I am afraid to leave my job in Lebanon and go there and fail to find a job with the 6 months as per the visa allowance then I have to return back to Lebanon. Do you have more information about this kind of visa? Is it multiple entry? is it more welcomed by employers there than applying from Lebanon?
Thank you in advance!