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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.

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Current employment contract or binding job offer for at least one year in Germany. The inter-agency form "Declaration of employment relationship" serves as proof of a concrete job offer: Declaration of the employment relationship Valid passport, Current biometric photo: It must have the dimensions 35mm x 45mm and be a frontal image with neutral facial expression and closed mouth. The person has to look straight into the camera. The background must be bright. University certificate (in some cases, the assessment of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) is required). Information on the equivalence and recognition of foreign university degrees and on the competent authorities can be found at www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de. "Application for a residence permit" form: A residence permit may only be issued on an express request. The application must be submitted to the competent immigration/immigration authority. Licence to practise a profession, provided that such licence is provided for by law. Detailed information on this can be obtained from the body responsible for the recognition of the professional qualification. For more information, see www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de.


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The EU Blue Card was introduced by the Law implementing the EU Highly Qualified Persons Directive on 1 August 2012. The regulation was revised with the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which came into force on 01.03.2020:

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