Visa

Visa during your online studies

During your online studies, you qualify for a Schengen visum, which allows you to stay in Germany and the “Schengen area” for up to 90 days if you like. This is not a work visa. If you would like to hold a paid internship with a German or other international company while enrolled in the eMPMD, please contact us.

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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