Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

Friday 13th April 2007

The German government says foreign students, researchers and lecturers will have easier access to German universities and research institutions, thanks to changes to be made to national immigration laws. Federal Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan says the changes mean the bureaucratic requirements involved in processing student visas, as well as the processing of visas for foreign academics, have been simplified considerably.

Work restrictions imposed on foreign students have also been relaxed. For example, foreign students who have completed their studies at a German university and are looking for a job in their profession may now continue earning money with ‘student jobs’ while they search for professional work. Previously, they had to give up all part-time work when they finished studying.

Minister Schavan says the new immigration rules will make Germany and Europe a more attractive place for foreign researchers.