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Apply for a residence permit to look for a job after completing a research activity

As a researcher, you have a legal right to be granted a residence permit to look for a job. The residence permit will be issued to you for a maximum of 9 months directly following your previous research activities. This makes it possible to find a job that suits your qualifications. The aim of the search can also be self-employment. This residence permit allows you to work without restriction.

Process flow

You can only apply for a residence permit in person at the aliens' registration office responsible for your place of residence.
- You submit the required documents in the original and pay the application fee.
- The Aliens' Registration Office will check whether the conditions for issuing the permit are met.
- If all requirements are met, the Aliens' Registration Office will take your biometric data (photo, fingerprints) and order the electronic residence permit (eAT) from Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
- As soon as the eAT is ready, it will be handed over to you by the Aliens' Registration Office.

Competent authority

- The foreigners authority locally responsible for your place of residence.


You have carried out a research activity in Germany, completed it and held a valid residence permit for the purpose of research (§ 18d or § 18e AufenthG). Further general conditions for the granting of a residence permit are:
- a secure livelihood,
- a clarified identity,
- possession of a valid national passport.

Which documents are required?

- Valid national passport
- Proof of a secure livelihood (e.g. employment contract and pay slips, bank statements, submission of a declaration of commitment by a third party)
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of qualification (degree certificate, diploma or certificate from your university confirming successful completion of a course of study)
- 1 current biometric photo
- Please enquire at the foreigners authority responsible for you whether you need to submit further documents

What are the fees?

Fixed costs: Fee EUR 98,00

Fee: 98,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Application before expiry of the current residence permit. It is recommended to apply 4 to 6 weeks before the current residence permit expires.

Application Deadline: 4 Weeks
An interview 4 to 6 weeks before the previous residence title expires is recommended.

Processing duration

- The processing time can vary in the locally responsible foreigners authorities (about 5 to 6 weeks).

Processing Time: 5 Weeks
Depending on the local immigration office (about 5 to 6 weeks).

Applications / forms

- Forms: none
- Online procedure possible: no
- Written form required: no
- Personal appearance required: yes


Detailed information on this can be found in the decision rejecting your application.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)