During the language course preceding university, students are not allowed to work as they should concentrate on learning the language as fast as possible to get to their main goal… university. With 6 lessons per day plus homework language students will also not find the time to do an additional job.
Once students enter the university they get the permission to work part-time. International students can work either 120 full days per year or 240 half days per year, not exceeding 20 hours per week. There is a minimum wage in Germany of currently 8.84 EUR per hour and the actual salary depends on what kind of job the student finds. Many students opt for a so-called mini-job paying them 450 EUR per month without having to pay tax. A part-time job may pay towards your living expenses but please don’t expect it to pay all living expenses.
After finishing your degree in Germany, you can stay to work. University graduates have 18 months to find a job that corresponds to their qualification. Once you have found a corresponding job, you can apply for a residence permit which, after some time, can be changed into a settlement permit with which you can stay as long as you wish in Germany for work purpose.
Please find more information on a settlement permit on the homepage of the Federal Authority for Migrants and Refugees (Bundesamtfür Migration und Flüchtlinge– BAMF)
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