18% Fewer Applications for Qualification Recognition in Berlin in 2020, Statistics Show

There are fewer applications to recognize qualifications earned overseas from Germany’s Berlin or Brandenburg region in 2020.

As per the Berlin Brandenburg Statistics Office, for the year 2020, authorities have received 2,234 requests in all, which is 656 less than in the previous year. In addition there was a difference in Berlin the rate of submission dropped by 18.6 percent, while the rate in Brandenburg by 32.4 percent.

Furthermore, the press release issued by the Statistics Office reveals that 311 cases for diplomas obtained abroad recognition were rejected, whereas 557 are still being processed, reports.

However, out of the 3,699 claims, 2,800 were granted which accounted for 75.7 percent of total diplomas authorized for practice by the competent authorities.

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As in 2019 the green light to practicing their profession was mostly granted to medical health professionals with 910 recognised as nurses and 619 being recognised as doctors. In addition, of the 1,925 applications approved educators are seen as being the third largest category of professions that are recognised, having 377 professionals licensed to work in their area of expertise.

However, data from 2018 shows that 36,400 degrees recognized in Germany which is around 20% more than to the year before where 30,200 vocational foreign degrees were recognised.

As in 2020 it is the case that foreign medical professionals being the most recognized was evident in 2018, with the addition of 3,700 nurses and doctors trained than the prior year, which accounted for one-fifth of all certifications. Additionally, the highest number of internationally recognized vocational degrees during the year were awarded by Syria.

To be eligible to attend a higher-education institution in Germany Candidates must be able to recognize their foreign degree which means they are equally qualified as an HZB Holder.

“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” (HZB) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification is granted to German nationals who have successfully completed their Arbitur, which is a qualification examination high school students have to obtain in order to continue higher education studies.

In addition, the candidate must provide documents, such as Master and Bachelor degrees, transcripts, and credits to the school of their research or expert field of study. To be recognized the documents submitted have been transliterated to German, English or French by an official certified translator. After submission the documents, the responsible university bodies will inform the applicant if your degree was acknowledged.

In case of rejection, the applicant is eligible to undergo the German foundation course “Studienkolleg”, where the applicant can train on passing the examination to enter the doctoral studies known as “Feststellungsprufung”.

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