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Visa for Internship

19.12.2023 - Article

If you would like to go to Germany for an internship you can apply for an internship visa.

General Information

The official website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

To meet the requirements for internship visa you will generally need to provide the following:

  • Proof that you earn the German minimum wage
  • Proof of your enrolment in a university degree or other professional training
  • Your internship contract (maximum of 6 months) with a German institution corresponding to your qualifications
  • Consent from the German Federal Agency for Employment
  • The German institution commits itself in writing to cover your costs of living and travel costs to your country of origin in case of your illegal residence. This commitment applies for up to six months following the end of the internship.

If you are taking part in a full-time study programme, please read the information under Study Visa.

Required Documents​​​​​​​

Compile the required documents according to the purpose of your stay by using the following checklists:

Visa for Internship

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow three months for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad). Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.

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