Applying for a residence permit for the purpose of school-based vocational training
You can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of school-based vocational training if your training leads to a state-recognised vocational qualification and the course of study at your educational institution is not exclusively aimed at nationals of a country.
The residence permit can be issued both for qualified vocational training and for vocational training that is not qualified.
Qualified vocational training exists if it is vocational training in a state-recognised or comparably regulated training occupation for which a training period of at least two years is stipulated under federal or state law. If these requirements are not met, it is not considered qualified vocational training.
- Depending on the Foreigners' Registration Office and your concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out whether your Foreigners' Registration Office offers the electronic application for a residence permit.
- If the application is only possible in person, please make an appointment with the Foreigners' Registration Office. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your supporting documents will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT).
- In the case of an electronic application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your online application to make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office if necessary. During the appointment, your certificates will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the eAT.
- If your application is granted, the Foreigners' Registration Office will arrange for the eAT to be issued.
- After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT at the Foreigners' Registration Office.
The Foreigners' Registration Office responsible for the applicant's place of residence.
- You have a recognised and valid passport or passport substitute and, if this was required for entry, an appropriate visa.
- There is no interest in expulsion against you.
- Your stay does not endanger or impair the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- You have a school-based training place in Germany.
- According to federal or state regulations, school-based vocational training leads to a state-recognised vocational qualification.
- The course is not exclusively aimed at nationals of a country.
- Their livelihood is secured.
- In the case of qualified vocational training, you can prove that you have the necessary language skills (usually sufficient language skills at level B1). You can provide appropriate language certificates as proof. Alternatively, the training company can also confirm that your language skills are sufficient for the qualified vocational training you are aiming for. If you do not yet have the necessary language skills, you can attend a job-related German language course to prepare you for your training. In principle, there are no requirements for language skills for taking up vocational training that is not qualified vocational training. As a rule, however, at least sufficient German language skills at level A2 will be required.
- If you have not reached the age of 18, the persons entitled to custody must agree to your stay in Germany.
Which documents are required?
- Valid passport
- Recent biometric photo
- Visa, insofar as this was required for entry
- Proof of a school-based training place in Germany (e.g. training contract)
- In the case of qualified vocational training: proof of sufficient language skills (B1), if the educational institution has not already tested your language skills or if you have not completed a preparatory German course.
- Proof of subsistence and health insurance (proof of subsistence can be provided, for example, by opening a blocked account or submitting a declaration of commitment)
- Consent of persons entitled to custody if they have not yet reached the age of 18.
What are the fees?
Issuance of residence permit: EUR 100.00
Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or fee exemption may be considered.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
- The residence permit should be applied for no later than eight weeks before the expiry of your visa or residence permit that is still valid.
- The residence permit is issued for a limited period of time. The validity depends on the duration of your training.
- Deadline for appeal: 1 month
about six to eight weeks
Negative decisions of the Foreigners' Registration Office may be appealed to the competent administrative court.
What else should I know?
- The procedure at the Foreigners' Registration Office is usually conducted in German. Your personalappearance at the Foreigners' Registration Office is required.
- During qualified vocational training, you may spend up to ten hours per week in employment that is independent of your vocational training. Gainful employment in addition to vocational training that is not qualified is not permitted. Self-employment is not permitted under any circumstances.
- If your qualified vocational training is terminated prematurely for reasons beyond your control, you may be given the opportunity to look for another training place for a period of up to six months.
- Residence permits for the purpose of attending school may also be issued on the basis of bilateral and multilateral agreements between the Länder and public authorities in other countries.
- Portal of the Federal Government for Skilled Workers from Abroad
- You can also get free advice on the topics of entry, residence and work from the "Hotline Working and Living in Germany" of the Federal Government's portal for skilled workers from abroad.
Phone: 030 1815-1111
Service hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Technically approved by
Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sports
Unit 64 (Immigration and Asylum Law)
Professionally released on
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