How to find a job via university study and get a settlement permit in Germany

Ultimate overview of milestones and stages from scratch
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Milestone #1 - initial activities

Stage 1: Preparations

  1. your degree and university - check out if they recognized in Germany;
  2. prepare evidence of your English (or German if applicable) skills;
  3. check your Financal Security.

Stage 2: Research

  1. decide what you want to study;
  2. Hochschulkompass - Advanced search;
  3. list the prospect universities. Find out more about them.

Stage 3: Dialogue with German universities

  1. contact prospect universities;
  2. get answers. Define the selection of universities.

Milestone #2 - Apply!

Stage 1: Apply at university (one or several at one time)

  1. Preparing application documents:
    - application via University;
    - application via Uni-Assist;
  2. Confirmation from the university;
  3. eventually: submit any additional documents (depends on university).

Stage 2: Embassy and National Visa Application process

  1. book an appointment in the embassy;
  2. prepare visa documents for the embassy;
  3. create a blocked account in a German bank;
  4. purchase health insurance;
  5. submit documents for national visa;
  6. get and check (!) your national visa.

Milestone #3 - Arrival in Germany

Stage 1: Relocation

  1. book airplane ticket(s);
  2. notify the university. Apply there for student accommodation;
  3. book temporary accommodation before arrival to Germany.

Stage 2: Steps in first 2 weeks in Germany

  1. enrollment formalities at the university. Get your Semester Ticket;
  2. move into a student dorm or long-term accommodation;
  3. attend all introductory events (even if they are not compulsory);
  4. book or proceed directly your Anmeldung (registration)* at the Bürgeramt (registration authority)*;
  5. book an appointment in Immigration authority for getting temporar residence permit for the purpose of study.

Stage 3: Study beginning

  1. discover your university: and help if necessary make use of them
  2. Preparing application documents:
    - find tutors for international students like you (so called Freemovers);
    - find tutors for your field of study;
    get their support if necessary
  3. begin the learning process:
    - if you're studying in German: register for a German course;
    - if you're studying in English: begin subject study;
  4. get your Temporary residence permit for study purposes.
    Be very punctual when you come to your appointment.

Milestone #4 - from Study Applicant to Working Student

Stage 1: get a job while Study

  1. search for employers
  2. shortlist 2-4 prospective candidates
  3. apply to certain employer
  4. if they not hire, stay in touch
  5. do it until the hire you.
  6. You can do it with several companies but no more than 4 in the same time.

Milestone #5 - Steps after graduation

Stage 1: Formailities

  1. inform your current employer about changing of your status from "study" to "job search";
    Always inform in written form. Always politely ask for the confirmation.
  2. as soon as you signed the job contract, inform the autorities in advance:
    - your health insurance company;
    - ABH (Ausländerbehörde)*;
  3. If ABH don't confirm, inform them again per Anschreiben (registered letter):
    per Anschreiben gives you the evidence that you have done your duty to inform the authorities.

Stage 2: Full time employment

Remember that you can quit your university studies at any time and switch to full-time employment. The steps and forms are the same as those for employment after graduation.
Whether it is worth breaking off your studies is a separate question.

  1. Prepare the following documents:
    - all degree certifications (e.g. master and/or bachelor diploma) issued by your university;
    - additionally: Fächer- und Notenübersicht (statement of marks);
    - job contract;
    - Immatrikulationsbescheinigung (matriculation letter) in the German university;
    - Anabin statements about acceptance of university in your country and gegree issued by it;
    - Meldebescheinigung (registration certificate);
    - passport;
  2. - recent residence permission (as plastic card or in the passport).
  3. Fill out and sign following forms:
    - Antrag auf erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung (Application for permission to work);
    - Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels (Application for a Visa or Residence Permit);
  4. Let your employer to fill out and sign following document:
    - Stellenbeschreibung (job description)

Milestone #6: Permanent Residence

Remember that you can quit your university studies at any time and switch to full-time employment. The steps and forms are the same as those for employment after graduation.
Whether it is worth breaking off your studies is a separate question.

Stage 1: Get permanent residence in Germany

You can apply for it after 21/33 months as a Blue Card Holder. In case you work as a "regular employee" (with lower salary as Blue Card prescribes), you can apply for the legal residence in Germany after 4 years.

Good for you: You can live in Germany with your family members as long as you wish. Besides, you can pursue any occupation as well as work as self-employed.

To see a detailed overview of the steps go to page Blue Card EU To Permanent Residence EU ( https://migwork.com/bluecard/index ). Under STEPS TO DO in the section ADDITIONAL ISSUES click on the menu line Get permanent residence in Germany. You'll find all the required steps in detail.

Stage 2: Get Long-term Residence in European Union

This residence permit is optional. You can apply for it after 5 years of legal residence in Germany.

Good for you: this residence permit allows you to get the permanent residence permit of another EU country under simplified conditions and proceeding.

To see a detailed overview of the steps go to same page page as stated above: Blue Card EU To Permanent Residence EU ( https://migwork.com/bluecard/index ). Under STEPS TO DO in the section ADDITIONAL ISSUES click on the menu line Get the Long-term residence in European Union. You'll find all the required steps in detail.


* - this and other words and abbreviations written in italics you will find translated and explained in the GLOSSARY;
** - if you want to avoid future problems with authorities, declare every (even small) regular employment.


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03.07.20 ©️ Jaroslav Plotnikov ( All articles )
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