Reason for Residency: Education
What is meant by “education”?
Legally, education is understood as
- Learning German in Germany,
- Studying at a (Traditional or Technical) University,
- Studying for a PhD
I want to enter Germany with an education visa to find a job. Of course, I will learn the German language during my job hunt. If I find employment, I do not want to go back. Can’t I apply from here? I’m already in Germany and it’s only a waste of time and money if I apply from home.
Well, you can apply, but with a 100% guarantee your application will be denied because you did not enter Germany with the correct visa! §16 V 2 AufenthG expressly prohibits granting or extending a residence permit when you are here “only” to study the language. The only way to get around this rule is to marry a German or EU citizen.
Can an “education permit” lead to permanent residency?
The answer is simple and clear: No. You will never get five consecutive years to learn German here.