German institutions and also companies offer internship positions for graduates and skilled workers. You can consider an internship position in Germany in the field of your study or qualification as part of your professional plans.
Who is eligible?
Applicants of EU/EEA (including Switzerland) and citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States of America shall not be subject to entry visa requirement to come to Germany, however within 3 months as of the date of arrival in Germany should refer to the local immigration office in order to make an application for staying for an internship in Germany. This request should be made during or before laps of three months as of the date of arrival in Germany.
Applicants of EU/EEA (including Switzerland) and citizens of Australia, Canda, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States of America shall not be subject to entry visa requirement to come to Germany, however within 3 months as of the date of arrival in Germany should refer to the local immigration office in order to make an application for staying for an internship in Germany. This request should be made during or before laps of three months as of the date of arrival in Germany.
Other citizens that are considered as third country citizens should apply for the entrance visa before the local German Embassy or Consulate under the title of internship in Germany. Upon entering to Germany, application to getting the residency permit under the named title should be made before the local immigration office in the city of your location in Germany.
In order to apply for an internship visa, the applicant requires to receive an internship offer or contract from a German institution, organisation or company. Internship contracts may offer a small payment to the applicant or may be offered without payment. Hence, applicants should consider that for the expenses in Germany adequate proof on maintenance should be provided.
What are advantages of internship visa
The internship visa is issued for the term mentioned in your internship contract and maximum for 12 months. Extension of the internship visa can be considered in very exceptional cases, however you can receive an employment contract upon termination of your internship. In this case you need to get back to your home land and apply again at the local Consulate for a working visa based on the employment contract.
If you are staying in Germany under an internship visa, your family can visit you under the title of tourist visa or visiting visa however are not allowed to apply for a reunion family visa.
The holder of German internship visa can travel to other Schengen states for visiting and tourism purposes but is not permitted to carry out the internship or work under internship in other states.
What are requirements for gaining internship visa
2.Federal Employment Agency
Since internship is considering a kind of employment, getting approval of the Federal Employment Agency for the purpose of internship visa would be needed. Getting this approval is normally arranged by your employer. Internships that are organised by EU such as LEONARDO, SOKRATES or ERASMUS and internships funded by international intergovernmental organisations are exempted from approval requirement of the Federal Employment Agency.
For those applicants who are employed or are studying in their home land, providing a letter confirming that applicant is employed or is studying at the university and will return back to home land after completion of the internship, would be useful.
4.Other Common Needed Documents
Valid Passport: Passports in different countries are issued with different term of validity. In order to be sure of the required validity criteria, you can contact your local Consulate.
Filled in Application Form: The relevant form for the purpose of internship visa should be filled in.
Bank statement or guarantee that prove you are capable to cover your charges and expenses for the period of your stay in Germany. In case you are being paid for the internship period, the contract containing amount of payment can be presented. If you are employed in your home land and will continue receiving salary upon your presence in Germany, providing relevant agreement is needed. Otherwise, in case that financial expenses are covered by a sponsor or personally as a freelancer, relevant supporting documents should be provided.
You should provide an insurance that cover term of your stay in Germany. It can be a travel insurance or insurance in your home land that also provide coverage for Germany. Upon arrival in Germany you can change your insurance to a private or public insurance depending on the type of job and employment agreement you will have.
Proof of accommodation for your stay that can be hotel reservation (applicable only for short time upon your arrival in Germany without possibility for you to be registered in that address), invitation by a friend or family or rental agreement. Upon your arrival in Germany you should get registered in the place of your residency based on the rental agreement or approval letter of the landlord.
you should prepare yourself for an interview at the local German Consulate upon your visa application. It may be very time consuming to get an appointment from local Consulate or until the application is processed. Therefore you need to plan in advance and check for the appointment and processing timing with the local Consulate.