Germany To Allow International Students Work for 9 Months Prior To Studies, other changes

Germany To Allow International Students Work for 9 Months Prior To Studies, other changes

New Regulations in Germany: International Student Work Opportunities and Other Changes.


Germany has recently implemented the second phase of its updated skilled worker law, introducing significant changes such as permitting international students with student visas to work for nine months before their studies commence.

According to Nairmetrics, the country has now put into effect this latest segment of its revised skilled worker law, following its initial enactment in November 2023.

The government’s objective is to attract skilled workers from diverse sectors, and it’s achieving this goal by easing regulations, particularly through its international student visa program.

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Here’s an overview of the notable changes:

  1. Pre-Study Work Opportunities: Non-EU citizens applying for study visas can now stay up to nine months in Germany while preparing their university applications. During this period, they can undertake language courses, gather necessary documents, and adapt to the new environment. Importantly, individuals from developing countries are now allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during these nine months to support themselves financially.
  2. Integration of Work and Study: These new regulations encourage the integration of work and study in Germany at all stages of higher education, even before formal admission.
  3. Apprenticeships for Non-EU Nationals: Third-country nationals interested in apprenticeships in Germany can also work while seeking opportunities. They are permitted to stay for nine months provided they have B1-level German proficiency and are under 35 years of age. During this period, they can engage in part-time work and continue working for 20 hours per week alongside their training once they secure an apprenticeship.
  4. Increased Work Hours for International Students: Under the updated regulations, international students in Germany can now work more hours to sustain themselves financially. The permitted time has been extended from 120 to 140 full days in any calendar year, equivalent to 20 hours per week, or 280 half days per calendar year.
  5. Extended Post-Study Stay: Graduates of German universities now have an 18-month post-graduation stay for job hunting, with the option to apply for permanent residence after two years of employment. These rules provide flexibility for graduates seeking career changes, offering alternative visa pathways through the EU Blue Card or German Skilled Worker Visa. Additionally, applicants with a recognized degree or vocational qualification in Germany can apply with two years of relevant work experience, even if it’s in a different field or industry than their qualification.

These changes signify Germany’s commitment to attracting and retaining skilled workers, making it an attractive destination for international students and professionals alike.

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