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Key Points

  • Germany expanded eligibility for its EU Blue Card visa category and introduced new salary requirements


The government of Germany expanded eligibility for its EU Blue Card category to include foreign nationals working in the following occupations:

  • Professionals working in healthcare, recent graduates, and information technology professionals

The government also introduced adjusted salary thresholds for EU Blue Card holders on November 1, 2023. These rates are set to the following:

  • Bottleneck professionals, new applicants, and IT specialists: €39,683
  • All other categories: €43,800

The following changes will also be introduced:

  • Family members of EU Blue Card holders who have previously resided in another EU member state will benefit from eased reunification requirements, including reduced requirements for presenting proof of sufficient living space and income
  • Faster settlement permissions: EU Blue Card holders will be granted a settlement period after a period of 33 months if they have been employed in a highly qualified role, paid contributions into a pension fund throughout this time, and have a basic understanding of German
    • The qualification period is shortened to 21 months for persons with an adequate knowledge of German (level B1)

What are the Changes?

The government of Germany introduced changes to its EU Blue Card policy, including reducing salary requirements and expanding the number of occupations eligible for this work permission category. According to the government announcement, this will help to fill labor shortages throughout the country.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Germany’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

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