From the preparations to the application forms: This step-by-step guide shows you how to get a visa for research.
Tip: Are you a highly qualified professional in the fields of science or research? Do you not fulfil the requirements for a research visa in accordance with Section 18d AufenthG (German Residence Act)? If so, the EU Blue Card could be an alternative for you.
What opportunities does the visa for research?
The visa or residence permit for research is issued for at least one year and gives you many advantages:
- With this residence permit, you can work at the research institute listed in your work contract or you can take on a teaching position.
- It is possible to extend your residence permit provided you fulfil the same requirements.
- You can conduct research and teach for a limited period of time in other EU states (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark).
- After four years, you can receive a settlement permit in Germany. You must, however, meet the requirements for a settlement permit.
Once your research position has ended, you have up to nine months to find another position in Germany that is in line with your qualifications. You must then apply for a residence permit for job seekers in accordance with Section 20 (3) no. 2 AufenthG (German Residence Act) at your nearest Foreigners Authority.