Some international students want to stay in Germany once they have graduated.
Students from the member states of the European Union are allowed to stay in Germany without any problems. Generally, they have free access to the German job market.
Other international students are legally entitled to a residence permit to seek work after they have graduated. This residence permit is issued for 18 months and cannot be renewed. During that time, you have to find a job which is appropriate to your education. In order to extend your residence permit for the purpose of seeking a job, you must prove that your livelihood is secured. As a graduate, you are allowed to work without restriction while looking for an appropriate employment.
If university graduates find a suitable position, their previous residence permit can be converted to a temporary residence permit for the purpose of employment. After five years of working, you can receive a permanent residence permit.
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