IHK FOSA is not financed by taxes, and has to cover its costs by charging fees. These are determined in accordance with IHK FOSA's approved schedule of fees.
Applicants generally finance the incurring fees for a recognition procedure themselves. The fees for an application range from €100 to €600. The actual amount of the fees will depend on the amount of work involved in the procedure, which can vary significantly depending on the profession and country.
Applicants must also pay the costs of translations and color copies. Applicants will incur further costs if a qualification analysis (under §14 of the Professional Qualification Assessment Act (BQFG)) is required during the procedure, because proof of a qualification is missing.
If applicants have difficulty in paying for a recognition procedure, they may in principle be able to obtain financial support:
The recognition grant is an instrument for funding people with foreign professional and vocational qualifications and low financial capability, especially if they have no access to other sources of funding. It is for a maximum of €600 and does not have to be repaid. An application for the recognition grant should be submitted to IHK FOSA before submitting the application for recognition. Applications for funding the costs of the recognition procedure may in principle be submitted until 31.12.2021. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Further information is available at www.anerkennungszuschuss.de.
The State of Berlin's "Härtefallfonds Berufsanerkennung Berlin" funding programme offers the possibility of support for persons with professional and vocational qualifications acquired abroad in paying for the recognition procedure. This includes support for adaptation measures in particular. A prerequisite is that the person has been in Berlin for at least three months and that no other support for the application is available from the person's own resources, the Job Centre, the Employment Agency or the Federal recognition grant programme.
Further information is available at https://www.berlin.de/lb/intmig/themen/ausbildung-und-arbeit/
The City of Hamburg has a grant programme which supports people with foreign professional and vocational qualifications.
The programme includes a monthly grant to finance living expenses incurred during adaptation measures and to cover administration fees, translation costs, and course and examination fees. This support is available to persons whose first place of residence is registered in Hamburg, if neither the Employment Agency nor the Job Centre will cover their costs. It is not available to persons who earn income (of their own or through their spouses) exceeding a certain limit.
Information on how to apply and the current regulation is available at https://www.ifbhh.de/studium/anerkennung-abschluesse/
Integration and placement specialists at Employment Agencies and Job Centres can make use of measures for promoting integration into work (e.g. a placement budget, an integration subsidy, or support for further vocational training) and thereby provide financial support for recognition procedures. This will, if necessary, cover the costs of translations and certifications and fees for recognition procedures. For details, please contact the Employment Agency or Job Centre where you live.
Please contact the Employment Agency or Job Centre before you apply for funding to cover any costs.
The International Placement Service of the Federal Employment Agency provides free advice on EU mobility programmes.
The Your first EURES Job and Reactivate programmes offer grants for:
Funding is available to EU nationals who are legally resident within the EU and wish to take up employment, training or work experience in another EU country, Iceland or Norway.
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