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The new EU Blue Card from November 2023

A work visa for Germany allows third-country nationals to work and reside in Germany. The exact requirements and procedures may vary depending on the nationality and purpose of stay. However, here is some important information about work visas for Germany:

Work offer/contract: In most cases, you must first find a job in Germany before you can apply for a work visa. The potential employer must issue a written confirmation of employment or an offer of employment. Visa Types: Depending on how long you want to work in Germany, there are different types of work visas. These include the short-term work visa, the long-term work visa and the visa for blue card holders (for highly skilled professionals). Application Procedure: The application for a work visa must be submitted to the German embassy or consulate in your home country. Certain documents are usually required for the application, e.g. confirmation of the employment contract, passport, financial proof and, if applicable, proof of qualifications. Health insurance: In most cases, travel health insurance must be purchased. Language skills: In some cases, proof of German language skills may be required, especially if your job requires communication with German colleagues or clients. Processing Time: The processing time for work visa applications can vary, so it is advisable to submit your application as early as possible. It is recommended to apply 4–6 months before you plan to start working. Validity: Recently, D visas are no longer issued for 6 months, but for 12 months. The long-term work-residence permit must be applied for at the immigration office of the respective place of residence in Germany before the visa expires. It is important to note that the exact requirements and conditions for work visas in Germany can be complex. It is therefore advisable to contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country well in advance and seek professional advice to ensure that you complete all the necessary steps correctly.

See detailed information regarding german Visa here. The following changes will apply from November 2023: German lawmakers have passed amendments to the Residence Act to make EU Blue Card immigration opportunities available to a wider range of people.

  1. Blue card for young professionals: foreign academics who have obtained a university degree within the last three years can obtain an EU Blue Card if they reach the minimum salary for Blue Cards with their job in Germany. This applies to both shortage and regular professions.

  2. Blue card also for IT specialists: IT specialists will also be able to obtain an EU Blue Card if they do not have a university degree but can prove that they have at least three years of comparable professional experience.

  3. Expansion of the list of shortage professions: The list of shortage professions for the EU Blue Card will be significantly expanded. In addition to the existing bottleneck occupations (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences, technology and human medicine), skilled workers from other occupational groups will also be able to obtain an EU Blue Card in the future if certain requirements are met

  4. Short-term and long-term mobility: short-term and long-term mobility to Germany is possible for holders of an EU Blue Card issued by another EU member state.

  5. Facilitated family reunification with persons holding an EU Blue Card

  6. Entitlement to a residence permit for skilled workers and waiver of the link between qualification and employment.

Detailed information can be found on

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