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Darren_Curhan
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12:20 Jul 16th, 2013 [11:20 Jul 16th local time]
Hi peeps.

I'm a Kiwi who is about to head to Germany. I plan to look for work for at least a couple of months, and then do a bit of travelling around Europe. Am I better off with a Schengen Visa or a Job-Seeker visa?

Many thanks in advance for any help given.

EricaTesta
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10:59 Jul 17th, 2013 [09:59 Jul 17th local time]
Holders of a jobseeker’s visa may stay in Germany for up to six months to seek employment. To obtain a jobseeker’s visa, applicants must furnish proof of their university degree and that they can support themselves for the planned duration of their stay. While seeking employment, jobseekers are not permitted to work, whether on a self-employed basis or otherwise.

A Schengen visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for travel in the Schengen Area, however it doesn't allow you to work legally.

An EU Blue Card for Germany is a visa for Germany that gives you residence rights in Germany, with travel privileges in the rest of Schengen during your German residence. However, you must have a university degree and a working contract with a gross annual compensation of at least €46.400.

A good option, depending on your circumstance, is to take advantage of the working holiday agreement Germany has with New Zealand. Under the working holiday programme visa holders will be able to stay in Germany for up to 12 months. Holiday jobs can be taken up to help finance their stay.

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This was edited at 11:02 17 Jul, 2013 [Europe/London] by EricaTesta

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