Am I eligible to apply for a Blue Card?
To apply for a Blue Card, the applicant must:
- have a valid work contract or binding job offer for highly qualified employment with a duration of at least 1 year;
- meet the minimum salary threshold in the Member State concerned (see below);
- for regulated professions: present documents proving that the national legal requirements are met;
- for unregulated professions: present documents proving that the relevant higher professional qualifications are met (for more information about higher professional qualifications, see the FAQ section);
- present a valid travel document, an application for a visa or a visa (if necessary), and a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa (if appropriate);
- present a proof of sickness insurance (or a proof of having applied for it).
In addition, the applicant must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. S/he may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.
How much do I have to earn to qualify for a Blue Card?
The gross annual salary resulting from the monthly or annual salary specified in the work contract or binding job offer must be equal to or higher than the relevant salary threshold defined by the Member State (at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the Member State concerned).
For 2019, Germany set the minimum salary threshold at: 53 600 EUR.
Are there exceptions to the minimum salary requirement?
For professions in sectors where there are many unfilled vacancies, Member States may set a lower minimum salary threshold.
For 2019, Germany set the lower minimum salary threshold at: 41 808 EUR.
The following professions are on the 2014 shortage list for Germany: Physical, mathematical and engineering science professionals (Physicists, chemists and related professionals; Mathematicians, statisticians and related professionals; Computing professionals; Architects, engineers and related professionals). Information and Communication Technology Professionals (Systems Analysts; Software Developers; Web and Multimedia Developers; Applications Programmers). Database and Network Professionals (Database Designers and Administrators; Systems Administrators; Computer Network Professionals).
Will EU citizens' applications be prioritised over mine?
Some Member States apply a Labour Market Test (LMT). This is a mechanism that aims to ensure that migrant workers are only admitted after employers have unsuccessfully searched for national workers, EU citizens (in EU Member states this also means EEA workers) or legally residing third-country nationals with access to the labour market according to national legislation (for more information see the FAQ section).
Germany doesn't apply a labour market test.
How long will my EU Blue Card be valid?
The standard period of validity in Germany is: Four years.
Specific rules: In Germany, the EU Blue Card is issued for a maximum period of four years. If the employment contract is of shorter duration, the EU Blue Card shall be issued for or extended to the duration of the contract plus three months.
How much will it cost?
Initial Blue Card fee: Issued with a period of validity of up to one year: 110 EUR, issued with a period of validity of more than one year: 110 EUR.
Renewal up to 3 months: 65 EUR. Renewal for more than three months: 80 EUR. Replacement: 60 EUR.
Fee for express issuance: N/A.
How long will it take to get my Blue Card?
National law foresees that the maximum processing time for issuing a Blue Card in Germany is 90 days.
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