General information on taking up gainful employment
You are only allowed to take up gainful employment if your entitlement to work is expressly stated in your residence permit.
The German law distinguishes between employment (dependent gainful employment – employee) and self-employment (self-employed, freelancers).
Questions regarding employment should be directed to the German diplomatic mission in your home country or to the Foreigners’ Authority.
Germany adopted the European Union's Directive on Highly Qualified Workers, which entered into force in 2012. The new law especially benefits scholars, researchers and students planning to take up employment in Germany.
The fee you will be charged depends on whether you are in possession of a residence title issued for the purpose of employment or your initial residence title has been amended to allow you to take up employment.
Furthermore, the amount you will be charged depends on the duration of your stay. So, for example, for a temporary residence permit granted for up to one year a minimum of €100 will be charged, for a temporary residence permit granted for more than one year €110.
The extension your residence permit will cost between €65 and €80.
For changing conditions on your residence permit (without granting or extending a residence permit) €30 will be charged.
Pursuant to Sections 18, 20 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), a foreigner may be granted residence title for the purpose of taking up employment, or the initial residence permit may be amended to allow the foreigner to take up employment. Amending or changing conditions on your residence permit is based on the intended duration and purpose of your stay.
As a rule, a residence permit pursuant to Sections 18, 20 (AufenthG) is only granted for highly qualified employees.
In most cases, proof of a specific offer of employment has to be provided. Applications to take up employment are to be submitted to the Foreigners’ Authority. Advice and information is also available from the Foreigners’ Authority. Your application is subject to approval by the Foreigners’ Authority and the Federal Employment Agency Bundesagentur für Arbeit - Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung (ZAV)
A foreigner may be granted a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment pursuant to Section 21 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), or, pursuant to Section 21, subsection 6 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), the initial residence permit may be amended to allow the foreigner to pursue self-employment.
Whether a temporary residence permit for the purpose of pursuing self-employment is granted, depends on the following criteria:
Please submit your application to the Foreigners’ Authority. Advice and information is also available from the Foreigners’ Authority.
Your application will be assessed by the trade and industry office (Wirtschaftsdezernat) of Magdeburg and the Chamber of Commerce (IHK) Magdeburg.
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