Apply for a residence permit to look for a job after completing your studies Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you have successfully completed your studies in Germany, you can apply for a residence permit for up to 18 months in order to find a job that matches your qualifications.

As a foreign graduate of a German university, you can apply for a residence permit to look for a job after completing your studies.

The job you are looking for must be one that you are qualified to do on the basis of your qualifications. The intended gainful activity can also be a self-employed activity.

This residence permit can be issued for up to 18 months. The residence permit only serves the one-time purpose of the job search and cannot be extended beyond this maximum period.

During the job search, any gainful activity is permitted and does not require permission.

  • Recognized and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport replacement)
  • Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
  • Valid residence permit for the purpose of studying (§ 16b or § 16c of the Residence Act)
  • Proof of successful completion of studies in Germany
  • Proof of livelihood security (e.g. employment contract, equity, blocked account, declaration of commitment)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • Current registration certificate

In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or more evidence

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: Yes


  • You have a recognized and valid identity document (for example, passport or passport replacement).
  • You have a valid residence permit for the purpose of studying (§ 16b or § 16c of the Residence Act).
  • You have successfully completed your studies in Germany and the validity period of your residence permit will expire in the near future.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance coverage without using public benefits.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.

Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Related Links

  • § 20 paragraph 3 number 1 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) - Job search for skilled workers
  • Find out whether your immigration office makes it possible to apply online or provides a special application form.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In the case of online applications, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your application to make an appointment.
  • During the appointment, your identity and your documents will be checked (please bring your documents, if possible in the original, to the appointment).
  • If your request is granted, your fingerprints will be taken for the production of a new electronic residence permit (eAT card). The Foreigners' Registration Office commissions Bundesdruckerei to produce the eAT card. After completion, you will receive information and can pick up the residence permit at the responsible office. The eAT card must always be collected in person.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection notice.

Responsible for the content
Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Last update or date of publication