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You have completed your university studies abroad and would like to work and live in Germany? Find out which requirements you must meet.

Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the USA do not require an entry visa to enter Germany. Once you are in Germany, you have 90 days to apply for a residence permit for qualified employment. You may only take up employment if you have a corresponding residence permit. 

Apart from the binding job offer matching your professional qualification, the main prerequisite for this is the recognition or comparability of your university degree. You may want to inform yourself about the procedure and the possibilities before applying for your visa or before entering Germany. Learn more about this in the Recogniton section.


Your foreign university degree has not yet been recognised or acknowledged as comparable?

In such case you must have your qualification recognised by the competent authority in Germany or provide proof of its comparability with a German university degree. To do so, you may enter Germany for three months without a visa. After the recognition or after you have proven the comparability of your university degree and after a successful job search, you may apply for the corresponding residence permit.


Has your university degree yet been recognised or is considered comparable to a German one?

In such case you may enter Germany for 90 days without a visa and look for suitable employment. However, if your job search was successful, you must apply for a residence permit for this purpose before taking up employment.

Another possibility is to enter the country with a visa for jobseekers. You can apply for it at the responsible German embassy in your country. It will allow you to enter the country for six months to look for suitable employment.

The following information might help you with your visa application:

Tip: Start your job search now and find a suitable job offer on the "Make it in Germany" job listings.


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