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Key Points

  • Germany proposed new policies intended to reform the immigration system to attract highly skilled foreign nationals to the country


Germany’s government proposed new policies to attract skilled foreign nationals on November 30, 2022. The new guidelines amend measures of the Skilled Labour Immigration Act. As a result of these changes, labor immigration is expected to be based on the pillars of skilled labor, experience, and potential.

Under the skilled labor pillar, the government will:

  • Lower the salary thresholds for EU Blue Card applicants
  • Introduce additional vocational training and study options in Germany
  • Expand national residence permits issued to skilled foreign nationals holding recognized qualifications

The experience pillar is intended for skilled workers seeking to immigrate to Germany. Applicants under this route will not require professional qualifications to be formally recognized so long as they hold an employment contract in a non-regulated profession, have two years of relevant work experience, and meet specific earning level requirements.

The potential pillar is aimed at foreign nationals who still need an employment contract in Germany. Under this route, permissions will be assessed based on a point system. The point system will be based on an individual’s qualifications, language skills, professional experiences, links to Germany, and age.

What are the Changes?

The government of Germany proposed new measures to reform the country’s immigration law in the coming years. According to the government announcement, these measures aim to expedite the recruitment of skilled workers from countries outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

Looking Ahead

The government of Germany is expected to present the law to the German parliament at the start of 2023. 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: The Federal Government of Germany

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