Requirements for EU Blue Card Germany

Germany is a European country with a thriving economy and a rich culture. As such, many non-EU citizens choose to relocate to Germany. If you are a non-EU citizen with a university education and you are looking to live and work in Germany, the EU Blue Card may be the right fit for you.

Whilst it is an increasingly popular option, applying for the EU Blue Card can be a confusing process. As such, many applicants choose to obtain legal assistance with their application. Contact Total Law today on 0333 305 9375 or send a message online, to learn more about how we can help make your application as smooth as possible.

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    EU Blue Card Germany Requirements: Overview

    The EU Blue Card is a residence permit which is intended to encourage highly-skilled non-EU workers to live and work in the EU. It allows non-EU citizens to legally work and reside in Germany for up to 4 years, or the length of their employment contract plus 3 months.

    The Blue Card can also be extended if the holder continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria.
    If you are from a country where a visa is required in order to enter Germany, you will first need to obtain a visa. This is the document which will allow you to legally enter Germany.

    Once you arrive in Germany, you will then need to apply for the EU Blue Card.
    Note that not all non-EU citizens require a visa in order to enter Germany, however, such as citizens of the UK, Canada, and the US.

    You can also apply for a Blue Card for other European countries. However the German EU Blue Card only permits you to work in Germany. You will need to apply separately for an EU Blue Card for another European country.

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    EU Blue Card: Eligibility

    In order to be eligible for the EU Blue Card, you will need to satisfy a number of eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria of the German EU Blue Card are as follows:

    • You must have a university degree. In addition, this degree must be from a university which is either German or is officially recognised in Germany.
    • You must have a binding offer of employment or an employment contract. The role must be based in Germany.
    • The salary of the job which you have been offered must be at least 1.5 times the German national average salary. Specifically, this is €58,000, as of 2023. Note that the required salary is slightly lower if you are employed in mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, engineering, or human medicine (excluding dentistry roles). In this case, the minimum required salary is currently €45,552 (as of 2023).
    • Your qualifications must match your job offer. If your university qualification does not match the role for which you have a job offer, your application is likely to be unsuccessful.

    If you lose your job whilst in Germany, you do not automatically lose your Blue Card eligibility. Instead, you will have 3 months to secure a new role, at which point you will need to obtain a new Blue Card.

    You are also sometimes permitted to change jobs, so long as the new role also satisfies the eligibility criteria of the EU Blue Card. If you do change jobs, you will need to inform the Foreigner’s Authority, which will then amend your Blue Card.

    Note that, if you are an EU citizen, you do not require a permit in order to live or work in Germany.

    Document requirements for EU Blue Card Germany

    There are a number of documents which you must provide in order to apply for an EU Blue Card. These include the following:

    • Passport
    • Recent passport photo
    • Employment contract (or proof of a binding job offer)
    • Completed application form
    • Copy of your degree transcript
    • Proof of German health insurance
    • Occupation practice permit (if applicable, e.g. if you are working in medicine or law)

    Processing Time and Fee

    It generally takes 5 to 6 weeks for a German EU Blue Card application to be processed. However, this may vary based on the number of other applications currently being processed. You can minimise the waiting time by ensuring that you submit all necessary documents correctly and that you properly understand the eligibility criteria for the Blue Card.

    The fee for an EU Blue Card application is generally €110. However, this may range from €100 to €140 depending on the German state in which you are applying. You may also choose to pay for legal assistance with your application. Contact Total Law today on 0333 305 9375 to learn more about how we can help with this.

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      Can My Family Join Me In Germany?

      If you are a German EU Blue Card holder, your immediate family are eligible to join you. More specifically, you can be joined by your spouse and your dependent children. They will be issued German Family Reunion visas and will need to apply for these separately.

      Your family members will also be authorised to attend German educational institutions and to work within Germany.

      Renewing the German EU Blue Card

      The German EU Blue Card is issued for a maximum of 4 years. It will be issued for the length of your work contract, plus an additional 3 months. You will then have these 3 months to secure a new role, if you wish to remain in Germany. This will allow you to renew your Blue Card.

      Once you have resided in Germany for at least 33 months, you will then be eligible to apply for permanent residence. If you were joined in Germany by family members, they will also be eligible to apply for permanent residence after 33 months.

      Note that, if you speak fluent German, you will be eligible to become a permanent resident in Germany sooner, at 21 months. You will need to pass an authorised German language test.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      Germany is a popular destination for non-EU citizens looking to settle in the EU. It has a thriving economy and offers many exciting professional opportunities. What is more, it offers convenient travel access to the rest of Europe, and the ability to stay in those other EU countries for up to 90 days. The German EU Blue Card is thus an increasingly popular option.

      However, the EU Blue Card has numerous eligibility criteria and applying for the Blue Card can often be complicated. At Total Law, we are adept at offering assistance on cases exactly like this. We provide a wide range of services, such as helping you gather the right documents, ensuring that you satisfy the eligibility criteria, and completing the family reunion process. Contact us today on 0333 305 9375 or message us online, to learn more about how we can help with your specific case.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You do not need to demonstrate a particular level of German for the German EU Blue Card. However, you will need to show a sufficient level of proficiency in the German language if you want to apply to settle in Germany. Speaking fluent German will also make you eligible to settle in Germany more quickly.

                  Note also that speaking German will likely help you with workplace integration when working in Germany, and with securing a German job offer in the first place.

                  A German residence permit allows the holder to live, work, or study in Germany for longer than 3 months. The specific conditions of the permit will depend on the residence permit in question.

                  The EU Blue Card acts as a residence permit whilst the holder resides in Germany. However, it is not the only type of residence permit available in Germany, nor is the EU Blue Card only available in Germany. You can obtain an EU Blue Card for other European countries besides Germany.

                  You must have a university degree in order to acquire the EU Blue Card. This is because the EU Blue Card is intended to help highly-skilled non-EU citizens live and work in Europe.

                  In addition to having a degree, it must be a degree from a university which is either German or officially recognised in Germany.

                  However, any family members who join you through the family reunion route will not be required to have a degree, and can attend educational institutions whilst in Germany.

                  Yes, you can use your German EU Blue Card to visit other countries in Europe. You will be able to remain in these other EU countries for up to 90 days.

                  However, note that your German EU Blue Card only authorises you to work in Germany. You will need to apply separately for the EU Blue Cards of other European countries.