Vandana Mahajan

Touted as the hub of the automobile industry, Germany is one of the favourite study-abroad destinations among students who wish to pursue education in Europe. Germany offers free education to students. A stable economy and world-class educational centres, alongwith great infrastructure and a rich cultural heritage lure international students to Germany to fulfil their career goals and look for ways to earn the country’s PR.

The best way to go about is to obtain a Residence Permit/EU Blue Card from Foreign Nationals’ Registration Office in the vicinity. The Residence Permit allows students to stay in Germany post-study for 18 months to work in an industry befitting their course of study and qualification. Having gained a work experience of at least 2 years, the students are eligible to apply for permanent residency provided the candidates still have a job in Germany that would support his/her living cost in this European country.

Let’s read the steps about how international students can apply for permanent residency in Germany.

• The international students, having gained post-study work experience of at least 2 years after graduating from a German higher education institution, can apply for German permanent residence permit known as the Settlement Permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis), provided they fulfil some prerequisite conditions.

• The applicants need to prepare their documentation, which includes completed application form for PR, valid passport, degree certificates, evidence of employment for the past 2 years, employment contract, proof of paid pension insurance, health insurance, biometric photo, proof of accommodation and registration, rental agreement, proof of competent knowledge of German language and other necessary documents. Then, submit their PR application.

Top 10 German Universities for International Students in 2022

• Technical University of Munich

• Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

• Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg

• Humboldt University of Berlin

• KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

• Free University of Berlin

• RWTH Aachen University

• Berlin Institute of Technology