EU Blue Card Dortmund


Requirements for the acquisition of an EU Blue Card in Dortmund


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What is an EU Blue Card?

The European Union created the EU Blue Card as a special residence permit for highly qualified foreign professionals. Receipt of an EU Blue Card enables the holder to live in the respective country of issue, to pursue gainful employment and to move freely within the territory of the European Union.

By facilitating and promoting the labor migration of highly qualified specialists with the Blue Card, the European labor market, which is characterized by a shortage of personnel, is to be relieved.

Requirements for the issuance of the EU Blue Card in Dortmund

When applying for an EU Blue Card in Dortmund, you should meet the following requirements:

However, there is an important exception for applicants who work in IT: they can obtain an EU Blue Card even without a university degree if they have theoretical knowledge equivalent to that of university graduates and if they have gained at least three years of professional experience in IT in the past seven years. We explain the details of this exception here.

An EU Blue Card must be applied for in person at the relevant Aliens' Registration Office in Dortmund. For this you first need an "entry visa" and thus a national "D" visa. However, citizens of so-called privileged countries are exempt from this requirement, as they are also allowed to enter Germany without a visa. Such states are the USA, UK and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Korea and Japan.

Further information on the requirements for issuing an EU Blue Card can be found here. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Competent authority in Dortmund

In order to obtain an EU Blue Card, you must apply for it at the competent immigration authority. In Dortmund, the responsible foreigners authority is the Ordnungsamt Dortmund.

The contact information for the responsible "Visa Affairs, Foreign Students and Professionals Team" is: 

Contact foreigners authority in Dortmund:

Olpe 1, 44135 Dortmund

Tel.: 0231/50-25875



About Dortmund

With over 600,000 inhabitants, the city of Dortmund is one of the ten largest cities in Germany. It is located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and lies in the largest conurbation of the FRG, the Ruhr area.

Due to the dense settlement of the Ruhr area and the size of the city, Dortmund is a significant business location with numerous job opportunities, especially in the technology sector. Thus, Dortmund is a very suitable location for applying for an EU Blue Card.

Rents in Dortmund are low compared with other major German cities. The average cold rent in Dortmund in 2023 is roughly between €8.50 and €8.80 per square meter. You can find the rent index published annually by the city of Dortmund here, which can be used to determine the local comparative rent.

Entry visa

The application process for an EU Blue Card in Dortmund depends fundamentally on the need for an entry visa. If necessary, the application process can be shortened by carrying out an accelerated procedure for skilled workers in accordance with § 81a AufenthG. You can find more detailed information on this here.

If required, we will be happy to advise and support you throughout the application process and ensure that obtaining the EU Blue Card in Dortmund goes as smoothly as possible.

More information about the EU Blue Card can be found here.