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Central Recognition Office (ZAA)

The IQ project helps with the recognition of foreign qualifications and provides information on questions relating to the Recognition Act. The service is free of charge for those seeking advice and is funded by the "Integration durch Qualifizierung (IQ)" program and by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The project executing organization is Diakonisches Werk Hamburg.

About Us

An IQ project executed by the Diakonisches Werk Hamburg, the Central Recognition Office (Zentrale Anlaufstelle Anerkennung, ZAA) offers advice and assistance regarding the approval of foreign professional qualification and provides information on questions relating to the Recognition Act.


Our Services

We advise people with foreign educational and vocational qualifications:

  • We offer guidance and advice, provide information about the relevant recognition bodies and funding options for recognition procedures, such as the City of Hamburg's scholarship program.
  • We answer your questions about the recognition notification and explain whether you still need qualifications to obtain final recognition.
  • We advise on residence law issues in the context of the recognition of foreign educational and professional qualifications.

The ZAA also organises training classes and workshop events on the approval of foreign professional qualifications.
Counselling is provided in the language of the person seeking advice; if necessary, with the help of an interpreter.


Contact Information

For a consultation we need in advance 

  • the consent form ticked by you with „Hiermit willige ich ein...“('I hereby consent...') 
  • the fully completed consultation form (web form), 
  • the documents mentioned in the form.

To proceed, visit our web form on our website. Here you will be guided through the appointment request process and can submit the required documents online.
Instructions for the web form can be found here.

After reviewing your information and documents, we will get back to you by e-mail. Please check your e-mail box regularly.

We are happy to offer our advice per email or by appointment via phone or video call or in person (in an individual or in a qualification-related group-consultation) at the Hamburg Welcome Center (HWC).

Please note: Consultation is only possible with an appointment.

Phone: (+49)  40 42839-5576
Monday and Thursday: 10 – 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

E-Mail: zaa@welcome.hamburg.de
www.anlaufstelle-anerkennung.de

Location
Diakonisches Werk Hamburg
Hamburg Welcome Center
Süderstraße 32 b
20097 Hamburg

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Our Sponsors

The 'Central Recognition Office' is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the European Union through the European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus) as part of the funding program "Integration durch Qualifizierung (IQ)". The program aims to sustainably improve the labour market integration of adults with a background of migration. Partners in the realization are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

The 'Central Recognition Office' is additionally funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and is part of the "Hamburg Welcome Center".

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