Professionals with academic training who come from non-EU countries and want to work in Germany can, under certain conditions, receive an EU Blue Card, the so-called Blue Card. Thus, an employment contract must be in place and the employment must be appropriate to the qualification. If the university degree was obtained abroad, this degree must either be recognised or comparable to a German university degree. There are also minimum amounts for the annual gross salary, which currently has to be more than 56,800 euros per year. That's 4,733 euros gross per month. In so-called bottleneck occupations, where there is a shortage of skilled workers, for example among doctors and engineers, the salary threshold is 44,304 euros, i.e. 3,692 euros gross per month. The Federal Foreign Office maintains a list of these professions: List of bottleneck occupations Holders of the EU Blue Card will receive a permanent settlement permit in Germany after 21 months of employment if they prove that they have sufficient knowledge of German. In order to look for a job, foreign graduates of German universities can obtain a residence permit for up to 18 months after graduation. The sought employment must be one that the qualification of the foreigner qualifies him or her to carry out. Professionals with academic training from abroad can be granted a six-month right of residence to look for a job.