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Germany Implements Key Changes to Skilled Immigration Rules

Published on : November 22, 2023

The latest changes to Germany’s skilled immigration rules offer new opportunities for skilled workers.

German employers face a significant worker shortage, particularly in sectors like -

  1. IT and Technology,
  2. Medical Care,
  3. Contractor Fields,
  4. Technology, and
  5. Logistics

In response, the German parliament, the Bundestag, has introduced a phased update to the Skilled Immigration Act, starting November 18, 2023, to attract skilled workers from non-EU countries.

EU Blue Card Simplified

The EU Blue Card, designed for non-EU academics seeking work in an EU member state, sees crucial modifications.

Lower Salary Thresholds
The EU Blue Card scheme now features reduced salary requirements for various occupations, opening doors for more skilled workers without German language obligations.

Adjusted Minimum Salary
The minimum salary is now set at 45.3% of the annual pension insurance ceiling, with specific figures for different professions.

Opportunities for New Entrants
Recent university graduates from the last three years have an expanded chance to secure an EU Blue Card, provided they meet salary criteria.

IT Specialists’ Eligibility
IT specialists without a degree can qualify with three years of relevant professional experience.

Residency Eligibility
Skilled workers with professional or academic qualifications who meet all the requirements, can now apply for a residence permit.

Streamlined Approval Process
The Federal Employment Agency will fast-track the approval process for foreign workers. Skilled workers with recognized qualifications and two years of experience in their home country will no longer need German recognition.

Family Reunification Simplified
Family reunification processes for EU Blue Card holders are streamlined, allowing privileged entry for family members.

Parental Recognition
Skilled workers can bring parents or parents-in-law to Germany from March 2024 onwards, recognizing the importance of family ties.

Introduction of Opportunity card
A points-based “opportunity card” or Chancenkarte will be introduced in June for those with foreign qualifications, allowing a year in Germany to seek work. Financial independence is required, and the card can be extended for up to two years for those with a job contract.

Job Restrictions Lifted
Restrictions tying individuals to jobs directly related to their qualifications are removed, simplifying the approval process for professional drivers from third countries.

In a bid to support skilled workers, the German government aims to create a more inclusive environment, recognizing the importance of family and providing opportunities for diverse qualifications.

If you want to learn more about Germany’s immigration reforms, visit Kansas Overseas Careers for detailed information and updates. Free Consultation!

Topics: Germany

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