Visa for eMPMD Internationals

Visa for internship in Germany during your online studies

Internships are considered employment under German law if they exceed 90 days within a year.

If your internship or training programme is going to last less than 3 months, you need to apply for a type C visa (Schengen visa).

If you are planning to do a voluntary internship during your online studies you can apply for a visa for a study-related internship. In order to apply for this visa, you have to make sure to find an internship in advance. Because, the German company offering the internship must provide a Letter of Approval mentioning the conditions of your stay as well as the payment.

In the case of voluntary internships, interns are subject to the Minimum Wage Act. The minimum wage in Germany is 9.50 euros gross per hour (12.08.2021). Payment depends on the duration: If the internship is longer than three months, the company has to offer you at least the minimum wage. If your internship is shorter, then compensation is optional and is up to the company to decide. Companies could voluntarily pay interns 800 to 1,200 euros per month.

Visa with a German university degree

On graduation from the eMPMD, you will qualify under this category. With a German university degree, you may qualify for three different work/job-seeking visas for Germany, depending on your circumstances:

Without job offer

This is a special visa for job seekers.

  • This visa is valid for six months while you look for a job in Germany.
  • You may work during a trial period for up to 10 hours/week as part of an application process.
  • For everyone with a university degree, no German skills are required (but are always recommended).
  • Prerequisites: Passport, proof of financial means, no existing reason for expulsion
    • “Financial means” is usually approximately 900-1,000 EUR per month for the duration of your stay, held in a blocked account or verified with a letter of commitment; details are regulated by the German embassy in your home country.

If you don’t find a job within six months, you may leave Germany for at least six months and then reapply for the same visa type.

Application process for job seeker visa

With a job offer

This is a work visa for qualified professionals.

  • This visa is valid for a maximum of four years, and you may qualify for a settlement permit afterwards. Family reunification is possible.
  • No German skills are required (but are always recommended).
  • Prerequisites: You must have a job offer in Germany or valid employment contract for a qualified job, passport, proof of financial means and no existing reason for expulsion.
    • “Financial means” is usually approximately 900-1,000 EUR per month for the duration of your stay, held in a blocked account or verified with a letter of commitment; details are regulated by the German embassy in your home country.
    • If you are age 45+ years, you need a gross annual salary of at least 46,860 EUR (in 2021) or proof of adequate old-age pension provisions.

Application process for qualified professionals

With a job offer and advanced qualifications and salary

This is a desirable EU Blue Card allowing you to work and get a possible settlement permit (permanent residence permit). It is for those with a higher education degree and a gross annual income of at least:

  • 56,800 EUR (in 2021)
  • or 44,304 EUR (in 2021) for MINT professions, including the IT sector (highly encouraged)

Details:

  • This is a special residence permit for international academics seeking qualified employment in Germany.
  • The visa is valid for a maximum of four years, and family reunification is possible.
  • Your local German Foreigners Authority must approve of any job changes taking place within the first two years of employment.
  • No German skills are initially required (but are always recommended).
  • After 33 months (in some cases after 21 months), holders of the EU Blue Card may obtain a settlement permit (for permanent residency). For this, proof of German skills of at least a B1 level (CEFR) is required.

Advantages:

  • Simplified procedure: issued without the involvement of the Federal Employment Agency
  • Early permanent right of residence
  • Less stringent conditions for things such as family reunification

Application process for EU Blue Card

Interested in working in Germany? As a HTW student, the Centre for Study, Career and Start-Up Services will support and guide you from writing your application to successful salary negotiations.

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