9. Will my spouse be allowed to work in Germany?
Many spouses wish to accompany their husband or wife, when these go on a research visit or stay to Germany, and to work during their stay in Germany. Generally, spouses of foreigners who intend to take up regular employment need a work permit (exceptions: nationals from EU countries, or from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway). Spouses of research grant holders, who wish to take up employment, must inform the German consulate before they leave for Germany and apply for the respective residence permit (i.e. a permit that allows "employment ").
The work permit itself must be applied for at the local Employment Agency in Germany. This should be done immediately after arrival, since the application may take several weeks to process.
If you have a “residence permit for researchers” your spouse will be allowed to work in Germany. To find out more about the “residence permit for researchers” please see: www.bamf.de/forschungsaufenthalte