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I am going to obtain masters degree in mathematics in Berlin. The market in this field is very competitive.

  1. How I stay in Germany after graduation? (I heard that 3 years, is it true?)

  2. Can I work in different area? (I mean not as a mathematician) I can work as programmer in IT or, if I will not be lucky, as unskilled worker, like courier, carrier, porter, waiter, stuart,...).

If I find such unskilled job during or after graduation, can I stay in Germany?

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    This belongs in Expatriates Stack Exchange. Summarized, with a German degree you should be able to get a six months jobseeker visa after graduation (start preparing the application before you graduate). If you get a job offer in a well paid job you can stay. So IT looks good, unskilled work rather less so. – o.m. Oct 4 at 9:24
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    See Arbeitsplatzsuche nach erfolgreichem Abschluss des Studiums, Berlin.de: Then the residence permit will be extended for a maximum of 18 months so that you can find a job that is appropriate to your degree. – Mark Johnson Oct 4 at 13:16
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I made the comment that this belongs into Expatriates Stack Exchange, but since there is a (heavily downvoted) answer in place I thought I'd add this as an answer, too.

  • As a graduate from a German university, you can get a Aufenthaltserlaubnis zur Arbeitsplatzsuche für Fachkräfte (roughly translated jobseeker's visa for professionals).
  • Germany gives work visa (Blue Card EU) to academics with basic language skills and a well paid job offer. How much you have to earn depends on the sector, for an IT job it is about €43k per year. Even an entry-level programmer can make that much.

It is important that you start the paperwork before you graduate. The student's organization in your university (ASTA) may be able to help.

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  • I think it is not called "job seeker visa" since the last requires 5or6 years of experience. I think it is called "extended residence permit" or sth like that ( topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/… ) – ged Oct 4 at 22:38
  • @ged, I don't know if there is an "official" translation but what your link writes is not the literal translation of the German Aufenthaltstitel. – o.m. Oct 5 at 5:06
  • @ged it may not be called that, but the purpose of the extension is to find a job that is appropriate to your degree. – Mark Johnson Oct 5 at 5:24
  • @MarkJohnson Who or what decides what is appropriate? – ged Oct 5 at 18:18
  • @ged Sorry, but there are certain things you will just have to figure out for yourself. (Hint1: the authority where the quote, in my comment in the main question, comes from and also issues residence permits ; Hint2: it's not the local plumber's association nor the Girls Scouts of America) – Mark Johnson Oct 5 at 20:37

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