Visa, Residence permit, and Health Insurance for Job seekers in Germany from countries outside the EU


Germany offers foreign jobseekers attractive residence titles for the admission of employment, which must be appropriate to your study and your qualification.


Residence permit for Job search in Germany

 

The requirements for a residence permit are:

Step 1: Residence permit for the job search

You can apply for a German residence permit for 18 months to find a job in Germany corresponding to your qualification. During these 18 months, you may undertake any activity in Germany to secure your livelihood and finance your job search. If you have already found a job in Germany corresponding to your qualification before completing your studies, you can skip this step. You can apply for a residence permit in Germany as soon as you pass your final university examinations.

 

For this, you usually need:

  • 1. Your passport
  • 2. Your final university certificate:
    Since the university's final certificate can take some time, please ask for a written letter from the university that you have already successfully completed your studies in Germany. Typically your faculty will provide you the corresponding confirmation with the official stamp from the German university.

 

Step 2: Residence permit for taking up employment

As soon as you have a job offer that corresponds to your qualification, you can choose whether to apply for a residence permit or a "Blue Card EU" for your further stay. The two residence permits are linked to different requirements.

 

Depending on how your future planning looks, the residence permit or the "Blue Card EU" can offer you some advantages and disadvantages. In particular, if you intend to work and live in another EU country later, the "Blue Card EU" can offer you benefits over the residence permit. Since the selection of the residence permit is determined by your personal situation, you should consult with your foreigners' authority in Germany (Ausländerbehörde) when submitting your application for a German residence permit.

 

 

Health insurance for job searching in Germany and the EU


As a foreigner, you will need appropriate and sufficient health insurance coverage to prove a secure livelihood when visiting the German embassy or Ausländerbehörde about your visa.

The health insurance policy from any German statutory health insurance company (GKV) is sufficient but often more expensive or impossible if you are still abroad.

On the other hand, privately insured foreigners can often count on lower insurance prices and thus save money but must pay close attention to the nature and extent of their private health insurance.

Our recommendation:

For job searching in Germany, we recommend the long-term health insurance from Hanse-Merkur Versicherungsgruppe (from EUR 30.00 / month) ...:


Price: depends on age and insurance period, for example from EUR 30.00 / 30 days
Max. duration: up to 2 years


Insurance documents: 
A few minutes after the Online Application for your health insurance, you will receive your insurance documents by email. The insurance policy documents are needed for your doctor's appointment, presentation at embassies, consulates, and foreign authorities.
Please print and use them for your next doctor's visit, Visa Application, or Extension.

All the tariffs on our website meet the requirements for German visa applications.

 

Duration of the insurance:
Please keep in mind that you should take out the insurance for a sufficient period of time. In case of a renewal or extension, in some cases, an extension might be refused.

But on the other side, you are always able to terminate the insurance earlier under the conditions described on our website. Therefore we recommend applying for the longest thinkable time period (max. 2 years) and later eventually cancel the insurance contract earlier.

 

Coverage in EU and Schengen:
With this tariff, you are automatically insured not only in Germany and Austria but in all countries of the EU, the Schengen area, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

 

All Details and Online Application you can find here ...

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions by Jobseekers about the Health insurance in Germany


1. Can you please let me know what kind of Travel Insurance I should apply for?


For job searching in Germany, we recommend the long-term health insurance from Hanse-Merkur Versicherungsgruppe (from EUR 30.00 / month) ...

 

2. What is the Total Cost of the Insurance? Do I need to pay all at once for six months, or is it possible to pay every month?


You can pay monthly or at once.
Please consider taking out the insurance for a sufficient period of time because any extension of the insurance bears the danger that pre-existing conditions will be excluded at the beginning of every follow-up insurance period.

 

All information, premium details, and the form to apply online you can find here …

 

3. If I want to cancel, what is the procedure, and will I get a total refund in case of visa rejection?


Yes, please submit a request for a refund of your insurance premiums. You will receive a refund of your premium, less a service fee of EUR 5.00, usually within 4 - 6 weeks.

 

All Details and Online Application you can find here ...

 

4. I am new in Germany with a Job search Visa (currently not employed). Looking for a Health Insurance Plan, which I can show to German Embassy while applying for the Visa Extension (Work Permit Visa). Please recommend me a health insurance plan which is acceptable by the German Embassy / German Government while issuing Visa


For job search for foreign visitors in Germany, we recommend the private travel health insurance plan by Hanse-Merkur Versicherungsgruppe (from EUR 30.00 / month). In our experience, this plan is accepted by the German Embassy, and you should not have any problems with visa issues or visa extensions.

With this insurance tariff, you are automatically insured not only in Germany and Austria but in all countries of the EU, the Schengen area, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

We recommend selecting the longest possible amount of time for your policy, as the insurer can deny a future extension.

 

Please click here to find all the additional information and the online application form ...



5. How much is the German residence permit or the EU Blue Card?


The cost of granting a residence permit for Germany or Blue Card EU is between EUR 100 and EUR 110, depending on the period of validity.

And the extension of a residence permit for Germany or Blue Card EU costs between EUR 65 and EUR 80 depending on the period of validity.



6. Which are the most popular cities when applying for a residence or work permit for Germany?


The most popular cities in Germany for job-seeking foreigners are:
  • Hamburg
  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Cologne
  • Essen
  • Dortmund
  • Dresden
  • Leipzig
  • Nuremberg
  • Hanover
  • Freiburg
  • Karlsruhe
  • Dusseldorf
  • Kassel


7. I will do a part-time job in Germany while having a German job search visa.
Am I eligible to have this private health insurance for Germany, and does the insurance offer the same as the statutory health insurance in Germany?


Suppose you earn with a part-time job in Germany less than approx. EUR 450 monthly, we recommend you the affordable private healthy insurance by Hanse-Merkur Versicherungsgruppe (from EUR 30.00 / month)

But this a private insurance, not a German “gesetzliche Krankenversicherung”.



8. I would like to apply for health insurance as a job seeker for six months.
If I start a job within the first 2-3 months, can I cancel the rest of the insurance period?


Yes, you can cancel anytime by visiting the menu "Service" on our homepage and then clicking the link "Online Service Survey".

For the job search in Germany, we recommend the affordable private travel health insurance plan by Hanse-Merkur Versicherungsgruppe (from EUR 30.00 / month)

Price: depends on age and insurance period, for example from EUR 30.00 / 30 days
Max. duration: up to 2 years

Insurance documents:
A few minutes after the Online Registration, you will receive your insurance documents by email. These documents are needed for your doctor's appointment, the presentation at embassies, consulates, and foreign authorities. Please print and use them for your next doctor's visit, Visa Application, or Extension.

All the tariffs on our website meet the requirements for German visa applications.


Duration of the insurance:
Please keep in mind that you should take out the insurance for a sufficient period of time. In case of a renewal or extension, in some cases, an extension might be refused.

But on the other side, you are always able to terminate the insurance earlier under the conditions described on our website. Therefore we recommend applying for the longest thinkable time period (max. 2 years) and later eventually cancel earlier.


Coverage in EU and Schengen:
With this tariff, you are automatically insured not only in Germany and Austria but in all countries of the EU, the Schengen area, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.



All Details and Online Application you can find here ...





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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