Germany – Trainee

Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to carry out a traineeship in Germany? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.
You can apply to carry out a traineeship in Germany if you have a higher education degree for no longer than 2 years or if you are pursuing a higher education degree in a non-EU country. You must have a training agreement with a host entity/company in Germany.

A third-country national (TCN) may be issued a temporary residence permit for training purposes in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/801, if the Federal Employment Agency has granted approval or it has been determined by statutory instrument or by intergovernmental agreement that such training is permissible without approval from the Federal Employment Agency.

Furthermore, the training programme must be designed to enable the third-country national to gain knowledge, practice and experience in a professional environment. The TCN must present a training agreement which provides for theoretical and practical training with a host entity, containing the following:

  • a description of the training programme, including the educational objective or learning components;
  • the duration of the training programme;
  • the conditions under which the trainee will work and be supervised;
  • the working hours and
  • the legal relationship between the trainee and the host entity.

The TCN must provide evidence of having obtained a higher education degree within the two years preceding the date of application or of pursuing a course of study that leads to a higher education degree.

The training must be equivalent to the higher education degree or studies in terms of both content and level. The host establishment must undertake in writing to bear the costs incurred by public bodies up to six months after termination of the admission agreement for a) the foreigner’s subsistence during an unlawful stay in the federal territory, and b) deportation of the foreigner.

The temporary residence permit shall be issued for the agreed duration of training, but not to exceed six months.

Where the TCN is under 18 years of age, the persons entitled to his/her care and custody must consent to the planned stay.

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