Germany opens opportunities for foreign students: to study and work

By Tychyna TetianaMar 29, 2024 19:28 PMNews
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Germany opens opportunities for foreign students: to study and work
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Germany is introducing new visa rules that could turn the country into a haven for students from low-income families. It's all thanks to new visa rules that allow foreign students to work before starting their studies.

In particular, the new Skilled Worker Act, which came into force in March, allows foreign students to work while studying. This is stated in the material of SchengenVisaInfo.

This step is expected to bring more skilled workers to Germany. At the same time, the second part of the law on skilled workers will provide benefits to several categories, including applicants for study and graduates.

It is noted that a study visa allows non-EU students to come to Germany for nine months and work up to 20 hours a week. During this time, they can take English and German courses, depending on the language of the course, prepare an application and get to know the country.

The new law will now allow foreign students to work 120 to 140 full days per year or 280 half days per calendar year. The new changes may especially affect students from low-income families.

At the same time, those who want to do an internship in Germany can also work while continuing their studies. The two main requirements for applicants are German language proficiency at the B1 level and age under 35. During this nine-month period, candidates can work 20 hours per week before and after the start of their studies.

It should be borne in mind that non-EU citizens who graduate from a German university can stay for 18 months after graduation to find a job. With two years of work experience, they can apply for permanent residence. Those who plan to change their profession after graduation will have to change their visa to an EU Blue Card or a German skilled worker visa.

In addition, graduates of universities or vocational schools accredited by the government authorities of the respective countries can come to Germany if they have two years of work experience in the relevant fields. As of December 2024, there were 770,301 open vacancies in Germany in many fields. The top 20 most popular vacancies in Germany include jobs in horticulture, woodworking, metalworking, and other technical fields.

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