What requirements must be observed for the application of the EU Blue Card?
A subject of a non-EU country (third country national) requires either a German, a recognized foreign or a German university degree comparable foreign degree.
Whether and to what extent a foreign university degree is explicitly recognized, is regulated by the appropriate German authority.
The EU Blue Card should be granted even in cases where a third country national has at least five years of work experience, which is comparable to the level of a university degree. That legislation does not currently apply as further details of application shall be determined by ordinance, which has so far not been adopted yet.
In case that the third country national has a recognized university degree, he shall produce a certain minimum annual salary, which amounts to two thirds of the annual income threshold according to the social pension system. In the exercise of shortage occupations exceptions may be made.
Support for the exercise of employment by the Federal Employment Agency may not be necessary in the process.
For how long is the EU Blue Card valid?
The EU Blue Card has a standard period of validity of one year to a maximum of up to four years. They may also be issued in employment relationships, which are less than a year.
When will the holder of an EU Blue Card receive a right to permanent residence in Germany?
Third country nationals have the option after two to three years to obtain a permanent residence permit if they meet the necessary conditions. It is not about the conditions that must have been fulfilled during the time of granting but present.
The EU Blue Card has become a household name, where at many third country nationals have little idea as to the contents and the conditions. The EU Blue Card is therefore falsely often sold as "simple entry ticket" to Germany. Though, this method is not suitable for each applicant. In fact, the application process to take up employment in accordance with § 18 Residence Act or to become self-employed according to § 21 Residence Act are often more successful.
Sangong law firm accompanies them in successfully applying for a residence permit.
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