Germany has a shortage of several thousand seasonal workers every month. The employment of workers from Europe and third countries is intended to help meet the demand in agriculture.
Seasonal work in Germany for nationals of a third country - in practice, this means: You work up to 90 days out of 180 days in agriculture. The following applies: You regularly work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
From June 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021, you can work up to 102 days instead of 90 days if you and the company agree upon this. If you come from a third country, you must apply for this extension at the local immigration office before your work permit ends.
Third countries are all states except EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
During your employment as a seasonal worker, German labour law applies to you – regardless of your country of origin.
It is best to find out about your rights as an employee before you enter Germany. As an EU citizen, you can find this and other information in Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian in the Download Center.
As a citizen of the European Union (EU), you do not need a work permit to work as a seasonal worker in Germany.
If you come from a third country, you need a work permit. Before the work permit is issued, it is checked whether you meet the requirements for seasonal employment.
Your work permit will then state the period during which you can pursue seasonal employment in Germany. You may not exceed this period – even if you started your employment later than planned.
Current opportunities for Georgia and Moldova
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) can issue work permits to certain nationals without requiring prior approval by a visa office. This currently applies to Georgian nationals and nationals of the Republic of Moldova who can work in Germany as seasonal workers without a visa.
As a seasonal worker, you must still register before entering the country. You can use the Digital Registration on Entry form to do this directly online.
As a seasonal worker, German labour law applies to you. It guarantees your comprehensive rights regarding employment contracts, holidays and social security. The most important regulations are listed below.