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

Fewer applications have been submitted for the recognition of qualifications obtained abroad in the Berlin and Brandenburg region during 2020.

According to the Berlin Brandenburg Statistics Office, during 2020, administrative authorities have received 2,234 applications in total, 656 less than the previous year. Additionally, in Berlin, the submission rates plummeted by 18.6 per cent, whereas in Brandenburg by 32.4 per cent.

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, Studying-in-Germany.org reports.

However, out of 3,699 claims, 2,800 were approved, accounting for 75.7 per cent of the total diplomas authorised for practice by competent authorities.

Like in 2019, the green light for practising their professions was mostly given to medical health professionals, with 910 being recognised as nurses and 619 as doctors. Moreover, out of 1,925 approved applications, teachers are listed as the third-largest group of recognised professions, with 377 licensed to practice their field of expertise.

On the other hand, statistics from 2018 show that there were 36,400 diplomas recognised in Germany, about 20 per cent more compared to the previous year when 30,200 foreign vocational degrees were approved.

However, same as in 2020, the trend of foreign medical practitioners being the most recognised was also evident in 2018 with 3,700 more nurses and physicians qualified compared to the previous year, accounting for one-fifth of all qualifications. In addition, the most foreign vocational degrees recognised during 2018 were from Syria.

In order to become eligible to pursue higher education in Germany, the applicants must undergo the recognition procedure of their foreign degrees, which makes them equally qualified with 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.

Furthermore, the applicant must submit documents such as the Bachelor and Master degrees, credits and transcripts to the university of their respective study or expertise field. In order to be accepted, the submitted papers have to be translated into German, English or French by a certified official translator. After submitting, the university’s responsible bodies will notify the applicant whether their degree has been recognised.

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 “Feststellungsprüfung”.

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