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What is a Blue Card?

A Blue Card is a work permit, which is offered in case the applicant is holding a university degree and is beeing offered a German employment contract.

There are two different types of Blue Card: the first one requiring a lower salary in case of work in areas of high demand; the second one for all other areas of work.

Both types of Blue Card require that the employee is being offered a German employment contract (including taxes and social contributions) and that the employee is holding a university degree, which is recognised by the German Authorities.

Low salary Blue Card (§ 2 Abs. 2 BeschV):

1. German employment contract (no deputation) offered to employee;

2. Salary < € 43.056 (2020);

3. Employee to hold a university Degree;

4. University degree to be recognised by the German authorities (Anabin);

5. University degree matching with the job description.

High salary Blue Card (§ 2 Abs. 2 BeschV):

  1. German employment contract (no deputation) offered to employee;
  2. Salary > € 55.200 (2020);
  3. Employee to hold a university Degree;
  4. University degree to be recognised by the German authorities (Anabin);
  5. University degree matching with the job description.

Processing times:

Well organised, the processing time for a low salary Blue Card is usually 3 - 4 weeks. Please note this can only be reached by initiating the application in Germany directly and not through the Consulate. The processing needs to be initiated before the actual visa filing.

The processing time for a high salary Blue Card is faster and usually only takes 1 - 2 weeks, counted from visa filing with the Consulate.

In both cases, additional time needs to planned if the applicant has been living or working in Germany beforehand, as then a police background check needs to be processed. Which can take something between 4 and 12 weeks.

Once a Blue Card is issued, it allows to carry out the specific work it was applied for. After the completion of a period of 2 years, the applicant is being granted the option of changing his employer (§ 19 Abs. 4 AufenthG). After a period of 33 months (or 21 months under exceptions), the applicant can then convert the Blue Card into a permanent residence permit.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need additional information or support with processing Blue Card for Germany.

Dwyer Legal Law Firm, Schwanthalerstr. 13, Aufgang IV, 80336 Munich
Tel: +49 (0)89 24 88 14 310, www.dwyer-legal.com

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