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Germany simplifies visa rules for working international students

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Student visa holders are now allowed to work part-time jobs. But this is not the only innovation.

What has happened

 New visa regulations will appear in German immigration system in April:

  • Student visa holders are now allowed to work part-time jobs and work from 120 to 140 full days in a year or 280 half-days per calendar year. They may start nine months before the start of their studies. During this time, they can complete courses in English and German, depending on their course language, prepare their application, and become familiar with the country.
  • The same rules apply to those who are going to undergo an internship/practice in Germany.
  • Graduates of German universities will be entitled to a residence permit after gaining two years of work experience in their profession.

The main objectives

It is expected to bring more skilled workers to Germany - the country is facing a serious shortage of personnel in many specialties.

In particular, the professions of doctors and nurses, civil aviation pilots, IT specialists, workers in the hotel and restaurant business and tourism, teachers, accountants and financiers are considered to be in short supply.

Please read also: Germany has simplified employment for foreigners

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