I am a non-EU student studying in a Scandinavian country. I have been offered a chance to do an internship in Germany which is less than 90 days. I hold a student residence permit (Schengen) for the country am studying in.

Do I need a work visa for Germany for the internship?

  • Is the internship paid?
    – JonathanReez
    Feb 21, 2017 at 9:43
  • @JonathanReez no
    – Jacob
    Feb 22, 2017 at 10:04
  • If the company for which you will work doesn't ask you to apply for a visa, I'd just go regardless of the rules
    – JonathanReez
    Feb 22, 2017 at 10:27

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According to Young Germany:

Do I need a visa if I am not from Germany?

If you are an EU citizen, you don't need a work permit. If you are a non-EU citizen, you do. If you are studying and living outside Germany and applying for an internship in Germany, you will need to organize a work permit before you are allowed to undertake an internship. You will also need health insurance, which is compulsory for anyone working in Germany, and necessary for getting a work permit.

Therefore the answer is yes, you will need a work permit before coming to Germany for work. However if your employer doesn't ask you to apply for one, you might as well get away with going to Germany on a regular visa, especially since the internship is unpaid.

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