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Working in Germany after graduation

You would like to work in Germany after graduating from your studies? You should be aware of the following rules:

As an EU citizen/ a citizen from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland:

You enjoy the so called freedom of movement and do not need any work permit if you would like to start working in Germany.

As a Non-EU citizen § 16 (5) AufenthGesetz:

You need to apply for the prolongation of your student residence permit at the Foreigners’ Office responsible for your residence address. Usually this will be the Foreigners’ Office in Leipzig. As holder of a German university degree you may apply for a residence permit allowing you to seek employment in Germany.

The Foreigners’ Office will issue a prolongation of your residence permit allowing you to stay in Germany for up to 18 further months in order to find a qualified job in accordance with your study degree and qualifications. The prolonged residence permit will include a work permit allowing you to work in any position, even in a position that does not require any specific qualification (e.g. you can work as waiter/ waitress in a restaurant). The reason behind that is to ensure that you can be financially independent during your job search by being allowed to work.

The maximum period of 18 months will start with the day the written notification of having successfully completed your studies is issued. 

Please note that you will still have to provide proofs of, e.g. sufficient accommodation, a valid health insurance, and a minimum income.

We recommend contacting the Foreigners’ Office responsible for you to inquire about the details in your case.

For more general information please refer to the links below: (English) (English & German) (check list in German)

BAMF (English)

Blue Card EU / § 19a AufenthGesetz:

In Germany the Blue Card EU was introduced in 2012 aiming to promote the immigration of highly skilled workers on EU level by making the application process easier for them. International graduates in Germany can also apply for the Blue Card EU if they fulfill the following requirements:

  • holding a German university degree
  • providing a work contract or a precise job offer matching their qualifications
  • the job offer includes a minimum gross salary of: Euro 52,000 per year / Euro 4,333 per month (2018)
  • For occupations with a lack of professionals in the areas of: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Information Technology: Euro 40,560 per year / Euro 3,380 per month (2018)

    Please note that the salary limits are subject to yearly changes.

    Here are a few advantages of the Blue Card EU:

    • Can initially be issued for up to 4 years already
    • Holders may be granted a permanent residence permit after 21 months already when being able to prove German language skills on level B1
    • Holders may stay outside of Germany for up to 12 months without losing their residence permit
    • After 18 months holders may migrate to other EU countries (except for UK, Ireland, Denmark) under easier conditions and apply for a new Blue Card EU there

    For details please refer to:

    BAMF (English)

    What does AKZESS mean?

    = standardized administrative procedure to allow qualified professionals from third-party countries faster access to the job market in Saxony

    In 2011 the state of Saxony started an initiative to speed up work & residence permit applications by:

    - Process work and residence permit applications by Foreigners’ Offices and the Federal Employment Office usually within four weeks

     in order to:

    - attract qualified professionals from third-party countries for the Saxony region and

    - support companies that are interested in hiring personnel from Non-EU countries

    The city of Leipzig implemented the new administrative procedure in 2013. As international graduate of a German university you belong to the target groups that profit from the accelerated process

    For more information please see: (English)

    last update: 02.05.2018 


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