Federal Employment Agency signs placement agreement with Jordan

The Federal Employment Agency (BA) has concluded a further placement agreement with a non-EU state following the new Immigration Act for Skilled Workers. It creates the basis for the recruitment and placement of nursing staff from Jordan for hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities in Germany via the Federal Employment Agency.

10 May 2022 | Press release no.24

It will be implemented via the Triple Win program, which the BA and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) are conducting together. The right to residence made possible by the agreement only applies to placements in the framework of the Triple Win program. It cannot be used by other - e.g. private - intermediaries.

On Tuesday, 10 May, after more than a year of intensive negotiations Markus Biercher, International Director of the BA, and Nayef Zakariya Stetieh, the Jordanian Employment Minister, signed the agreement during a visit to Amman. The German Embassy in Jordan also attended the signature.

With recruitment abroad, the BA is rendering a contribution to finding needed nursing staff for the German labor market. At the same time, it is particularly important to the BA to recruit nursing staff only from places that do not have a shortage of their own, especially in the sensitive healthcare sector. All the activities of the BA therefore take place exclusively in close agreement with state actors who themselves have an interest in placement cooperation.

The first recruitments in Jordan are scheduled for 2022. The nursing staff will then stay in their homeland for several months receiving linguistic and occupational preparation for their new employment in Germany. The first arrivals and starts at work are expected to take place in mid-2023.


About placement agreements: The Immigration Act for Skilled Workers, which came into force on 1 March 2020, allows the Federal Employment Agency to conclude placement agreements with third countries in accordance with Article 16d(4) of the German Residence Act regarding the Recruitment and Placement of Skilled Workers.

Placement agreements allow skilled workers from the partner countries, among other things, to wait until after arriving in Germany before initiating the procedure for the recognition of foreign occupational qualifications. Normally, a letter of recognition must already have been received before a visa is issued. In this way, placement agreements speed up the entry of the needed skilled workers.

About the Triple Win program: Together with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) the BA is cooperating with the countries Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Philippines, Tunisia, Indonesia and India. So far, a total of 3,561 skilled personnel and 198 trainees have taken up employment and/or training in Germany in the framework of this program.