German Blue Card
How to get the EU Blue Card in Germany
Germany is one of the most attractive places to move to for residence for many people. Every year, lots of potential immigrants apply for a residence permit. Processing and approval of such an application is a long and complicated procedure. However if you are a highly qualified specialist, you can move to Germany in a much simpler and faster way and even get a permanent residence in just 21 months. How?
By means of the EU Blue Card. It is also often called German Blue Card or EU Blue Card Germany. In this article and video we will tell you about the main Blue Card Germany benefits and drawbacks, Blue Card requirements in Germany and how to apply for the Blue Card in Germany. You will also learn how to turn your Blue Card to permanent residence in Germany.
Our company, Nexus-Europe GmbH, helps foreign specialists to resolve all issues related to applying for the German Blue Card. You just need to contact us to learn how to get a Blue Card in Germany and receive an individual solution.
So, what is the EU Blue Card Germany and what does it give you?
The German Blue Card is a residence permit issued to highly qualified foreign specialists.
The holders of the German Blue Card receive many benefits. Let’s review the main of them.
Main Blue Card Germany benefits:
If you haven’t yet watched our video about the main types of immigration to Germany, make sure to watch it. Here, we need to quickly note that getting a residence permit for employment in Germany is hard. The company that wants to hire you must prove that a foreign person is absolutely required for this position because it couldn’t be filled by a German or an EU national. However, when you apply for the German Blue Card, the company that hires you does NOT need to provide proof that the position couldn’t be filled by an EU employee. This makes the application for the EU Blue Card Germany much faster and simpler.
The opportunity to transform your Blue Card to permanent residence in Germany after 33 months; or 21 months with a language certificate with a level not lower than B1. This is one of the fastest ways to get the German permanent residence. This is one of the main Blue Card Germany benefits. Many people choose this immigration option to subsequently turn their Blue Card to permanent residence in Germany.
Benefits for family members of the EU Blue Card Germany holder. In particular, spouses who subsequently immigrate to Germany are entitled to be issued a residence title without requiring the knowledge of the German language. Also they are allowed to take up employment.
These are the three main Blue Card Germany benefits that often are reasons for immigrants to choose this option.
And what are the Blue Card requirements in Germany? Please note that the requirements may change every year, especially when it comes to the minimum salary. In this article we’re reviewing the requirements for the Blue Card Germany in 2022. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t fit under some of them. Contact our company, Nexus-Europe GmbH, and we will help you find other options of getting a residence permit in Germany.
So, what Blue Card requirements in Germany in 2022 need to be fulfilled in order to apply for it?
Watch this video to learn about the German EU Blue Card: Pros & Cons, requirements and how to get it:
Blue Card requirements in Germany in 2022:
Having a German degree or a foreign degree that is recognized in Germany or is comparable to a German degree.
Having an employment contract or a binding job offer.
Your employment must match your qualification.
German Blue Card minimum salary in 2022 has to be 56 400 euro per year gross (or 43 992 euro per year for understaffed professions).
From this follow the disadvantages of the German Blue Card:
Since the required salary is quite high, in practice, it’s not easy to find an employer that would hire a foreign specialist. Much more realistic would be finding an employer for specialists of understaffed professions.
Taxes in Germany are rather high. If you’re a single person, from the salary of 56 800 euro per year you would have to pay almost 22 000 euro of taxes and social security contributions.
The EU Blue Card Germany makes the immigrant dependent on the employer. For example, any change of job during the first two years of employment requires the approval of the immigration authority.
How to get a Blue Card in Germany
First of all, you need to find out if your diploma is recognised in Germany. Not all foreign diplomas meet the requirements for obtaining the German Blue Card.
Then you need to find an employer who will hire you.
The next step is gathering application documents for the EU Blue Card Germany. The list of documents should be checked with the authority through which you will be applying for the German Blue Card. You can find the information on where to apply for it and the general list of documents on this page below.
Finally, you apply for the German Blue Card.
Where and how to apply for a Blue Card Germany
If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed below, generally you must apply for a visa for the purpose of gaining employment at the competent German diplomatic mission in your country of residence. With this visa you will be able to enter Germany and convert it into the German Blue Card at the local immigration authority in Germany.
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America.
If you are a citizen of one of the above listed countries, you may apply for the EU Blue Card Germany at the immigration authority in Germany within three months of entering the country. The exact current information on how to apply for a Blue Card Germany should always be checked with the respective authority in advance.
Application documents for the German Blue Card
Please note that the exact list of documents that are currently required to apply for the German Blue Card is always to be checked with the authority through which you are going to apply. Here is the general list that is usually a part of the main Blue Card requirements in Germany:
BA Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis (signed by the employer)
Detailed job profile
Proof of qualification: CV, university degree proof and extracts from the anabin database
Application for a national visa
There are many aspects to consider when applying for the German Blue Card. Especially if you intend transforming your Blue Card to permanent residence in Germany in the future. In this article and video we told you about main of them. Our company, Nexus-Europe GmbH, helps foreign specialists resolve all issues related to applying for the German Blue Card.
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