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Are you looking for a job in Germany which suits your qualifications?

If you have graduated from a German higher education institution, a residence permit can be extended for up to 18 months to enable you to look for a suitable job if your livelihood is secure. You may engage in gainful employment without any restrictions during this time (section 16 subs. 4 of the Residence Act).

If you have successfully completed professional vocational training, you may be able to receive a residence permit valid for up to one year, subject to specific preconditions (section 16 subs. 5b and section 17 subs. 3 of the Residence Act).

If you have a German higher education qualification or a foreign higher education qualification that is comparable to a German one and your livelihood is secure, you can receive a residence permit limited to six months to look for a suitable job (section 18c subs. 1 of the Residence Act).

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany" pages 24 et seqq.

If you are already in Germany, this only applies if you held a residence title immediately before the residence permit to look for work was issued which entitled you to engage in work (section 18c subs. 3 of the Residence Act).

If you wish to enter Germany from abroad to look for work, it is important for you to realise that you may not work with a visa for looking for work (section 18c subs. 1 sentence 2 of the Residence Act). If you have found a suitable job, you can apply in Germany for the EU Blue Card or another residence title for the purpose of employment and remain in Germany without leaving the country first. You can apply for the visa for looking for work at the German representation abroad that is responsible for you (Embassy or Consulate-General).

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany" pages 24 et seqq.

Date 17 June 2013

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