Stay for the purpose of looking for a job after successfully completing your studies

Issuance of a residence permit for a maximum of 18 months after successfully completing your studies for the purpose of looking for a job or starting a business.

Important notes


  • study graduation
  • A degree (Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Magister, etc.) obtained in Germany
  • Have a residence permit to study

The residence permit to look for a job can only be issued if it follows on from a residence permit to study.

Documents required

  • Valid passport
  • 1 current biometric passport photo 35mm x 45mm, front view, light background
  • Job offer - only if an offer is already available.
  • Job description form - in addition to the job offer.
  • Health insurance (insurance card) or a private health insurance that corresponds at least to the statutory scope of benefits.
  • Degree - degree certificate, certificate or confirmation from your university of a successful degree
  • Proof of livelihood: Certificate of earnings, salary slips, bank statement or similar
  • Rental agreement + bank statement stating the current rental amount
  • Evidence of the establishment of a company: Evidence of corresponding efforts can be provided, among other things, by negotiating with banks to finance a business idea, finding suitable business premises, etc.

Procedure & Fees


98 EUR

Legal notes

Legal basis

Section 16 subs. 4 of the Residence Act

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