Information for your partner

Couple smiling happily signing contract in the office

Working in Germany requires a residence permit. Your spouse or partner will easily obtain this permit if you are living and working in Germany

  • as a researcher or scientist,
  • on an EU Blue Card or
  • as a highly qualified professional.

In all these cases, your spouse or partner will also be allowed to work.

If you are an EU or EEA citizen or are from Switzerland, your spouse or partner will not require any special permission – they will enjoy the same rights as you do. Family members from non-EU countries will be issued with a residence card as proof of their right to move freely within the EU.

Dual career

Quite a few German research institutions and companies are geared towards employing couples where both partners are well qualified and looking for a good job: their dual career services provide family-oriented support. Taking advantage of regional networks, they can provide job prospects for both partners and offer practical support to help you settle into your new life in Germany.

Finding a job

Good to know

Your partner is allowed to work. All this requires is a residence permit, which they can apply for at the local immigration office (Ausländerbehörde).

Depending on the career path they choose, your partner may need to get official recognition of their academic degree(s).

Many universities have a dual career service and most have career centres that support students, employees and recent graduates. Check the website of your university for more information.

By the way: in Germany, almost 75 percent of mothers in families with at least one underage child work – with a steep rise in recent years. However, they are still far less frequently employed than fathers, of which roughly 93 percent work.