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Priority employment of nationals

In Germany the so-called “Inländerprimat” regulates the priority employment of German citizens as well as foreigners with a permanent residence permit. These groups are called labour market nationals and are prioritised over people who come to Germany seeking employment. Foreigners only receive work permits if no labour market national can be considered for the position. Before the German immigration authorities can confirm a foreigner’s application for a work permit, the Federal Labour Office has to agree. For this, the Labour Offices examines whether a German citizen, a labour market national or a EU citizen could potentially fill the position instead of the foreigner.