I used to study in Germany and currently graduated. According to law I have the right to work/reside for 18 months afterwards in Germany.

When I was leaving the country I deregistered (Abmeldung) from the city that I was residing in, but now it is only three months from my deregistration. In Buergeramt I have been told that since I have deregistered I cannot ask for prolonged stay in Germany anymore.

Since the woman I was talking too, seems to discriminate her clients. I was wondering whether there is part of the law that states that after de-registration one cannot extend his/her residence permit?

  • Did they "touch" your visa or other Aufenthaltsgenehmigung while you deregistered, or did you simply announce that your current address will no longer be valid (as you might do when simply moving to a different city within Germany)?
    – deceze
    Apr 9, 2015 at 18:56
  • No but in my abmeldung paper it is written that I am leaving to Canada. In any case I was back in less than 6 months: well actually less than 3 months!
    – Cupitor
    Apr 9, 2015 at 20:25
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    Maybe someone will be able to give some feedback but I am afraid that this is getting a bit too technical and specialized to rely on amateur interpretations of the law. Since, based on your other questions, the stakes seem pretty high and your schedule is tight, it might be worth seeking help from a legal professional or maybe some migrant support organization, if you can find one (unfortunately, I can't really suggest any for Germany).
    – Gala
    Apr 9, 2015 at 23:18

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For later reference, I have asked the question from two different Ausländerbehörde in Germany. The person only can rely on this law if has not de-registered from Germany to leave it. In that case he has to leave the Germany and apply for job-seeking visa through a consulate. This rules have exception for countries like, US, South Korea and a few more; I think they don't need a Schengen visa to be in Germany anyway!

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