How International Students can Apply for Work and Residence Permits in Germany

Residence Permit

Once you arrive in the country, you will be required to register with the local Alien Registration Office within two weeks of arrival.Note that you are only applying for a residence permit for study purposes. The documents you will need to submit will be similar to the ones you used for student visa application.

-Proof of private or public health insurance.

-Certificate of enrolment from your institution.

-Proof of sufficient finances.

-Valid passport.

-Current visa if you possess one.

-Certificate of health(if applicable)

-Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)

-Biometric passport photos(if applicable)


-Residence permit fee.

This residence permit is valid for two years and will initially cost $120. A fee of $80 is collected for subsequent renewals. Note that students from the EU/EEA(Including Norway, Liecteinstan, Iceland, Switzerland, Iceland) dont need to apply for a residence permit but should register with the local registration centre.

Working in Germany

It is legal to work in Germany with a student visa.But students are restricted to the number of days they can work.That is 120 days per year. However, if you take up an employment within the institution you can exceed the 120 days.  Students from the EU can work up to 20 hours per week without recourse to work permit.

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If you want to stay in Germany after graduation, international students can extend it for up to 18 months after graduating as long as the job is related to their field of study. Graduates from EU/EEA can stay on to work without having to have any permits.Also after two years of employment in Germany, it is possible to apply for permanent residence status. Note that knowledge of German will really be beneficial when seeking employment

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