10.1.2 Seeking employment in Germany after graduation

Many international students want to seek employment in Germany after graduation. However, after the successful completion of studies the residence permit expires, even if it had been originally issued for a longer period of time. It is therefore necessary to apply to the Foreigners' Registration Office for the residence permit to be extended (5.1.3).

In accordance with the current legislation of the Aufenthaltsgesetz § 16 V AufenthG, a residence permit may be extended for up to 18 months:

  • in order to seek employment appropriate for an university graduate, or
  • for setting up a business in accordance with § 21 IIa AufenthG, and
  • if the position may be filled by a foreigner in accordance with §§ 18-21 AufenthG.

To be granted an extension, evidence of appropriate employment-seeking efforts (applications, etc.) must be submitted to the Foreigners' Registration Office.

While the job search continues, you may take up any employed or self-employed work.

You can find more information on work opportunities in Germany online at Make it in Germany.