Blue card EU
The blue card EU ( Section 18b (2 ) Residence Act ) is a special one residence permit for foreign academics who want to take up qualified employment in Germany.
You can find out whether you need a visa to enter Germany in the Who needs a visa?
What requirements must be met for the EU Blue Card to be issued?
You already have a specific job offer in a company in Germany.
The job must be appropriate to your qualifications (university degree).
You have a German, a recognized foreign university degree or a foreign university degree that is comparable to a German university degree. You can find information on the equivalence and recognition of foreign university degrees in the Recognition section
With the job in Germany you will achieve a gross annual salary of at least 56,800 euros (in 2021). For jobs in the professional fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences, engineering and human medicine, a reduced gross annual salary of at least 44,304 euros (in 2021) applies. In this case the Federal agency for work (BA) consent to your employment.
Do you meet the requirements mentioned? Then find out more about the visa and immigration process.
Tip: Do you not meet the requirements for the EU Blue Card? No panic! You can apply for a work visa for skilled workers in accordance with Section 18b (1) of the Residence Act.
What prospects does the EU Blue Card offer?
The EU Blue Card is issued for the duration of the employment contract plus three months, but for a maximum of four years. An extension is possible if the requirements are met. A change of job within the first two years of employment must be approved by the responsible foreigners Authority be approved.
After 33 months, holders of an EU Blue Card can receive a settlement permit. If the required language skills of level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER) can be proven ahead of time, the permanent residence permit can be issued after just 21 months.
Would you like to live in Germany with your family? As a holder of an EU Blue Card, this is possible. You can read about what you have to pay attention to and what requirements apply in the family reunification section.