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Nationals of a non-EU country can apply for the EU Blue Card , also known as the EU Blue Card , for the purpose of exercising a highly qualified job in Germany (residence permit for a highly qualified job).

An EU Blue Card can be applied for by a non-EU national if:

  • has a German, a recognised foreign or a foreign university degree comparable to a German university degree, and
  • has a specific job offer or has reached an already signed or existing employment contract and thus at least a certain gross salary

Related Links

  • Informationen zu Mobilität mit Blauer Karte EU finden Sie auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Informationen zur Vergleichbarkeit mit einem deutschen Abschluss

Documents are required. Please contact the appropriate body.


Holders of a BLUE card EU will in principle receive a residence permit after three years, provided that an employment contract persists.
If there is a good knowledge of German (level B1), the establishment permit is granted after only two years. Periods of ownership of a Blue Card issued by other EU countries are credited for obtaining a permanent residence permit EC in Germany under certain conditions.

EU Blue Card holders who have owned it for 18 months have the right to move on to another EU country (exception: Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark). This is possible in almost all EU countries without applying for a visa. In addition, the holder of the Blue EU Card may stay outside the EU for up to 12 months without losing the right of residence in Germany or the EU.

Family members of blue card holders EU are allowed to work without restriction in Germany without waiting. The spouse's reunification is possible without proof of German language skills or other integration measures.

Related Links

  • § 18b Aufenthaltsgesetz (AufenthG)

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