Germany Training/ Internship Visa

In addition to being a preferred choice of many students due to multiple universities and renowned educational institutes, Germany is also a favourite place for recent graduates and international students around the world for professional training and internships in their areas of interest in multiple well-known institute’s and organizations.

If you want to take a training program or do an internship in Germany, you should know a couple of things before travelling to your destination. For example, you should find out if you are eligible for the training program you want to carry out and if you need a visa to travel to Germany or not.

Who can apply for an Internship/ Training Visa in Germany?

No matter what religion you belong to, your gender and how old you are, if you want to do an internship in Germany, you can apply for it. The exact requirements to take any training or internship program vary and depend on the institution or company that offers it.

Different companies have different prerequisites. Some require great fluency in the German language, while others allow people with basic knowledge of German to take the training.

You can take Internet assistance and find opportunities for internships and online training. Remember that not all internship programs are paid. Before applying for any training or internship program, be sure to check if they are going to pay the inmates or not. Many institutes pay their inmates well. But there are many organizations of this type that pay nothing for internships. You may have an idea that living in Germany has its own expenses. Therefore, you should consider the budget since you may not be able to cover your living expenses in Germany, even if the company pays you.


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Germany Training & Internship Visa

Who needs an internship / training visa in Germany?

Once you discover a training or internship program in Germany where you want to hone your professional skills, the next critical step is to find out if you really need to apply for a visa or not. Your nationality / citizenship will determine if you need a permit or not.

Foreigners who do not need to apply for a visa

Applicants who are holders of passports from any of the areas mentioned below do not have to obtain a visa to take any training or internship program in Germany.

  •   Member States of the European Union
  •   European Economic Area
  •   European Free Trade Area

If you belong to any of these areas, you can enter Germany without a visa and start looking for a training or internship program.

In addition, candidates from Canada, Japan, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Korea do not need to apply for a visa to enter Germany for an internship or training. But, once they arrive in Germany, they must visit the immigration office and apply directly for a residence permit. It will allow them to complete their training or internship in Germany legally. You can start looking for a suitable internship in your country of origin or after moving to Germany.

Foreigners who need a visa

People from all countries other than those mentioned above must apply for an internship visa in Germany. First, they will have to find a training program or an internship and then go through the entire visa process, which includes the preparation of documents, the submission of applications and an interview.

If you are a citizen of a country that requires a visa to do an internship or a training program in Germany, the following information can be very beneficial for you. If you want to know the prerequisites for sending the application or if you need to verify the visa processing fee, we have it covered.

Required documents for training / internship in Germany:

All Indian applicants must present at least the following documents to obtain a visa to practice in Germany:

  •   A completed and signed application form
  •   Full and complete statement "Provision of true and correct information" (in English or in German)
  •   Photographs: Two photographs of recent passports according to biometric specifications ((size 35 mm x 45 mm, longitudinal size of the face 32-36 mm, with white background and clothes of contrast color), one adhered to the shape and the other loose
  •   A valid passport for at least six months longer than the planned stay, with pages available for a visa label
  •   Photocopy of the passport data. In case of any "observation" in the passport, a photocopy of that page as well.
  •   Study proofs in India: Book of fees and student identification card (original and photocopy)
  •   Evidence of sufficient funding and accommodation organized for the entire internship period (original and photocopy)
  •   From the university / institute in Germany: A letter (in German language) confirming the student's internship and the document on the work permit, received from 'Bundesagentur für Arbeit' ('Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung': ZAV) (original and photocopy).
  •   A letter from the university / institute in India confirming that the applicant is a student of that organization (original and photocopy).
  •   A confirmed return ticket, non-transferable or negotiable (original and photocopy)
  •   International health insurance, which covers the duration of the stay (original and photocopy)

The processing of a Schengen visa can take up to 14 business days

Where and how to apply for an Internship/Training Visa

You must apply at the German embassy of your country of origin. Applicants for the first time must submit the application form along with the required documents in person. Frequent travellers can submit their application and documents through an agent or travel agency. It is recommended that you apply for a visa at least 3 weeks before the date of your trip to meet the delays in processing.