Students from non-EU member states with a visa/residence permit according to §16b are allowed to work 120 full days or alternatively 240 half days annually. Full days are counted as 8 working hours per day and half days are counted as 4 hours per day. Every student must be able to prove that he/she has not worked beyond this legal limit and must submit proof to the foreigners authority if necessary. Therefore, the following should be recorded (in written form) for all forms of paid employment:
- Employment relationship with indication of the date (beginning and end) of the period of employment
- in the form of a valid working contract
- Exact number of hours worked
- in the form of a time recording table or timesheet
This regulation does not apply to student (SHKs) and academic assistants (WHKs). They are allowed to work to a greater extent, but are obliged to inform the Foreigners' Office of their employment!
Important: The 120/240 day rule also applies to voluntary (even unpaid) internships!
An activity that exceeds the 120 full or 240 half days per year requires a work permit. This work permit can only be issued by the foreigners authority for a specific job offer.
Students from non-EU countries with another residence title please pay attention to the information in your residence document and inform yourself at the competent foreigners authority.