Germany Unveils Extended Work Opportunities for International Students: Pre-Study Employment and Policy Revisions

Germany Unveils Extended Work Opportunities for International Students: Pre-Study Employment and Policy Revisions

Germany has enacted the second phase of its new skilled worker law, introducing significant changes aimed at attracting talent from around the world.

International students with student visas are now permitted to work for up to nine months prior to starting their studies. This allows them to prepare for university applications, undertake language courses, and support themselves financially through part-time work.

Additionally, non-EU nationals interested in apprenticeships can also work while seeking opportunities, provided they meet certain criteria. The regulations also increase the allowable work hours for international students during their studies.

Furthermore, graduates of German universities now have an extended 18-month stay post-graduation for job hunting, with pathways to permanent residence. These changes reflect Germany’s commitment to facilitating the integration of work and study, as well as attracting skilled workers from.

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