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Can a non-EU citizen holding a Romanian student visa (Masters Degree), find a job in Germany and move there before finishing his study?

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  • Romania is not part of the Schengen area. You need a visa for Germany. Job interviews can be done on a short stay 'C' visa (unless your citizenship allows visa-free visits), actually starting to work needs a long stay 'D' visa. – o.m. May 15 at 10:26
  • @o.m. Your comment would be true even if Romania were part of the Schengen area. – phoog May 15 at 15:01
  • @phoog, as a student in Schengen he could travel to Germany e.g. for a job interview, but not to work. – o.m. May 15 at 15:56
  • @o.m. true enough. When I said "your comment" I should instead have limited it to the statements concerning actually starting to work. – phoog May 15 at 16:13
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Not on the basis of the student visa. Work authorization for citizens of countries that are neither in the EU nor in the Schengen area is handled by national law. The only country that can issue a document permitting the student to work in Germany is Germany.

Furthermore, since (as noted in a comment) Romania is not part of the Schengen area, the Romanian student visa does not even allow the student to travel to Germany, much less work there.

Whether the student must wait for the end of the studies to apply for a German visa is up to Germany. If the student already has the qualifications for a German work visa without finishing the studies in Romania, it should be possible to apply for a German work visa, which, if granted, would allow the student to move to Germany before the end of the studies in Romania.

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Yes, but it depends on how many hours is the job and what is the job related to...

I was a student too and i was able to have a side job (neben Job in German)

here some info:

Rules for students

Students from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland enjoy unrestricted access to the German labour market and have practically the same rights as German students. However, if they work more than 20 hours per week they must pay certain insurance contributions (just like German students). For students from other countries, special legal regulations apply:

  1. International students from other countries are allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. They are not allowed to be self-employed or work as freelancers.

  2. Students who want to work more need permission from the Agentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) and the Ausländerbehörde (foreigners' office). Whether they are given permission depends on the situation on the labour market: the chances are better in regions with low unemployment.

An exception is working as an academic assistant. There is no limit to how many days academic assistants may work. They still have to inform the foreigners' office however. If you are uncertain what category a job falls into, you should seek advice from student services or the International Office.

  • What is the source of the quoted information? Regardless, it probably does not apply, because (I suspect) "international students from other countries" refers to such students who are studying in Germany with a valid German student visa. That is not the case here. – phoog May 21 at 14:37
  • I don't see any evidence that this applies to someone who is studying in -- and has a student visa issued by -- a different EU country. – phoog May 21 at 14:43

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