The so-called Blue Card (or EU Blue Card) is a residence permit that can be issued by all European states .
Such a Blue Card allows people from third countries to work in EU countries.
Since 2012, the Blue Card has been the central residence title for academic professionals from third countries.
In addition, people who have a Blue Card gain further advantages:
The probability of being allowed to stay longer in Germany increases, so an unlimited settlement permit can already be applied for after a stay of 33 months.
If proof of German language skills at level B1 is provided, the unlimited settlement permit is granted after only 21 months.
If the online database does not contain sufficient information, the applicant must apply to the ZAB for an individual, fee-based assessment of the degree and submit it to the Aliens' Registration Office.
The applicant must earn an annual gross salary of at least two thirds of the contribution assessment ceiling in the general pension insurance (currently € 56,800 per year / € 4,733.33 per month).
In the following shortage occupations, a gross annual income of currently € 44,304 per year / € 3,692 per month is also sufficient:
The Federal Employment Agency must carry out a labour market check, which basically consists of the so-called priority check (checking whether German workers or workers of equal status - e.g. from EU member states - are available for the employment) and the check of the employment conditions.
However, if the gross annual income is at least €56,800, the Federal Employment Agency does not need to give its approval.
If a permit is required to exercise a profession under German law (e.g. human medicine, engineering), the applicant must provide evidence of this permit or its approval before the EU Blue Card is issued.
If relevant, please also provide these documents:
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