Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts

Visa Requirements for Work

Before you can apply for jobs in Bavaria, there are a few visa requirements to consider

Visa Regulations for EU/EEA Nationals
All EU/EEA nationals and citizens of Switzerland, Norway and Iceland have unrestricted access to jobs in Germany and do not need any special visa.

Visa Regulations for All Other Countries
After graduating from a German university, international students who are not EU or EEA citizens can extend their stay in Germany for up to 18 months to find a suitable job. Once you are employed and meet certain criteria, you can apply for the “EU Blue Card” single residence and work permit. Special regulations may apply to certain groups of highly-qualified international workers.

Contact your local “Ausländerbehörde” (Foreigners’ Registration Office) for more information.

For more information on living and working in Germany, see