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Simplified Skilled Immigration Act for Germany starts finally in November 2023




We have exciting news for skilled workers and practical experts! New Skilled Immigration Act (FEG) in Germany is making immigration smoother than ever.


New EU Blue Card and Residence Permit Changes from November 2023:


· Lowered salary thresholds: minimum salary of 45.3% of the annual contribution assessment ceiling for pension insurance (in 2023: €39,682.80) will apply to bottleneck professions and new entrants to the labor market; for all other occupations, the figure will be 50% (in 2023: around €43,800)


· Blue Card for bottleneck professions: Expanded eligibility for recent university graduates, IT specialists without degree but with experience, and wider array of professions covered (such as managers in the field of manufacturing/mining/construction/distribution, information/communications technology, child care or health services, as well as veterinarians, dentists, pharmacists, nursing or midwifery professionals, school and out-of-school teachers and educators)


· Residence permit for skilled workers: Skilled workers holding a university degree or with vocational training qualification may apply for residence permit. If applicants have a vocational qualification or a university degree, they are not restricted to jobs related to that qualification when looking for employment


· Short-term and long-term mobility: Holders of Blue Card issued in another EU Country will be able come to Germany and stay here for 90 days for the purpose of a business activity directly related to their employment without a visa or a work permit. After a minimum stay of twelve months with an EU Blue Card in another EU country, long-term residence in Germany is possible to be applied for directly in Germany without a visa


· Family Reunification: EU Blue Card holders who have already lived in another EU Member State with their family will be entitled to privileged family reunification. When a residence permit is issued in Germany, the requirements of sufficient living space and the requirement to secure one’s livelihood will no longer apply


Get ready for upcoming changes in Spring-Summer 2024:


Residence for recognition of a foreign professional qualification for 24 months, expanded employment opportunities for international students, short-term quota employment, introduction of a job search Opportunity card (Chancenkarte) and more.


For some cases, the German language skills will be no longer required!


For more information, please visit the Federal Government website: https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/visa-residence/skilled-immigration-act


Stay tuned and explore new horizons in the evolving German job market:


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