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Visa for an internship

Are you studying abroad and would like to come to Germany to do an internship?

If you are not a national of an EU state, you will usually require a visa for your internship in Germany. Beside an offer for an internship with a company in Germany, you will also need the approval of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). Your employer should apply for this on your behalf as quickly as possible. If you have documents proving both of these, you should apply for a visa to the competent embassy or consulate before travelling to Germany. Your internship may not last more than twelve months and can only be extended in exceptional cases.

Some internships do not require the agreement of the BA. These include internships under EU-funded programmes (Leonardo, Socrates, Erasmus, etc.). Internships funded by international intergovernmental organisations are also exempt from approval. You can find out more about internships in Germany for students from abroad from the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

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Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Important information about residence and settlement permits in Germany (German, English, Turkish)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Flyer "The EU Blue Card" (German, English)

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