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Visa for jobseekers

If you have not yet found a job in Germany, with a jobseeker’s visa you can come to Germany for up to six months to look for one on condition that you have a higher education diploma which is recognised in Germany. The important thing in this case is that you should have enough money to live on for the duration of your stay, since you are not allowed to be employed during this time. Once you have found a suitable job, you can immediately apply for the necessary EU Blue Card or a residence permit in Germany – without first having to depart the country – and can remain in Germany while your application is pending.

This provision applies to you even if you are already in Germany and previously had a residence title allowing you to exercise gainful employment, but which is no longer valid. However, note that a residence permit allowing you to hunt for a job that corresponds to your qualifications cannot be extended. You can only apply for another if, once your residence permit has expired, you spend at least as much time abroad as you spent in Germany seeking a job.

Information on the internet

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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