Job-seeking after graduation

After the successful completion of your studies, you are entitled to a residence permit for up to 18 months in order to find an appropriate job.

During this period, employment is permitted without restriction.

Please note that a residence permit for job-seeking purposes can not be extended once the 18- month-period has expired. However, if a job is found before the end of the 18 months and a corresponding residence permit is issued, the job-seeking period is only interrupted. A residence permit for job-seeking can then be issued again at a later date if necessary (with the remaining months).

If you wish to apply for or extend a residence permit for the purpose of job-seeking, please bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • Certificate of your university degree (e.g. Bachelor's or Master's certificate)
  • Your valid passport
  • A passport photo
  • A completed application form
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Proof of your income or other financial guarantees  
  • Your rental agreement
  • Fee: up to 100,- €.


Foreigners' Registration Office
Rechts- und Ausländeramt

Stadthaus 2
Ludgeriplatz 4
48151 Münster

Postal address:
48127 Münster

Tel. 02 51/4 92-36 36
Fax 02 51/4 92-79 71

Opening times information desk:
currently closed

Emergency office hours:
currently closed

Opening times for appointments:

Mondays to Fridays:
8 am - 12.30 pm

Mondays and Tuesdays:
1.30 pm - 4 pm

Thursdays: 1.30 pm - 6 pm

Hotline +49(0)251/4 92-36 36:

Wednesday and Friday:
8 am - 12 pm

Monday and Tuesday:
8 am - 4 pm

8 am - 12 pm
3 pm – 6 pm