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Perspectives After Graduation

After completing your studies, you can contact your foreign Authority for a residence permit and apply for 18 months to look for a job that matches your qualifications (Section 20, Paragraph 3, No. 1 of the Residence Act). During these 18 months, you can take up any kind of activity. Please note that this type of residence permit cannot be extended. In our job search section, you will find valuable tips on how to find a job in Germany. The following requirements must be met to get a residence permit for 18 months:

Proof of a completed degree

Proof of health insurance coverage

Proof of securing your livelihood

Before submitting your application, find out which documents you need to bring with you to the immigration authorities responsible for you. Some immigration authorities also offer information on this on the Internet.

Once you have a job offer that matches your qualifications, you can get one residence permit to take up qualified employment (Section 18b, Paragraph 1 of the Residence Act) or apply for an EU Blue Card  (Section 18b, Paragraph 2 of the Residence Act) for your further stay. The following requirements must be met to obtain this residence permit or the blue card EU to obtain:

Proof of a completed degree

Proof of health insurance coverage

Proof of securing your livelihood (employment contract)

EU Blue Card: gross annual salary of at least € 56,800 or € 44,304 in theMINT – Professions (in 2021)

Since the selection of the residence permit is largely determined by your situation, you should consult your foreign Authority to seek advice. You can also get a residence permit if you have a part-time job offer. The expected salary must be sufficient for a living. The immigration authority alone decides on this.

As a graduate of a German university, you can operate a trade in Germany or set up a freelance profession, for example as an engineer. You can find out what options you have here in the section on types of foundations.

To set up a commercial company, you need one residence permit to carry out a self-employed activity (Section 21 of the Residence Act). You can apply for this at the responsible office foreigners Authority. You can find detailed information about the requirements to be met in the section visa when setting up a business.

If you would like to work independently in a freelance profession, you must apply for a residence permit for freelance work (Section 21, Subsection 5, Residence Act). As a rule, you will need your curriculum vitae, your degree certificate, a description of the intended activity, and a financial plan. You can find detailed information about the requirements to be met in the section Visa for liberal professions.

The residence permit for self-employment is initially limited. If your business idea is successful and your livelihood is secured for you and your family, the residence permit can usually be extended without any problems.

Before submitting your application, find out from the immigration authorities which documents you need to bring with you. Some immigration authorities also offer information on this on the Internet.

In the section start-up advice, you can find out which special advice and information is available for you.

For an academic career at a German university or research institution, you only need one residence permit that you contact your competent foreign Authority can apply for. For this, you need your certificate of enrollment. You must also be able to prove that you have adequate health insurance and can support yourself.

Before submitting your application, find out which documents you need to submit to the immigration authorities. Some immigration authorities also offer information on this on the Internet.

In addition, the Research in Germany portal offers important information on the subject of “Doing a Ph.D. in Germany” and also presents financing and funding options.

Even after you have completed your studies, you also have the opportunity to do vocational training in Germany and for that purpose, one residence permit applies for qualified vocational training. The decision on the application is made by foreigners Authority

Find out more about this at the immigration authorities before submitting your application and ask which documents you need to submit.

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