EU Blue Card for South Africans

The EU Blue Card for South Africans - The entry visa and application process to obtain the EU Blue Card in South Africa.

Requirements for the acquisition of an EU Blue Card for South Africans


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The process of applying for an EU Blue Card from South Africa for Germany can basically be divided into two steps. First, an entry visa for Germany from South Africa (so-called national D visa) must be applied for in order to be able to enter Germany to apply for the EU Blue Card for nationals from South Africa.

Here, the requirements for the EU Blue Card and for obtaining the entry visa are usually congruent.

The requirements that must be met in order to obtain an EU Blue Card for South Africans are as follows:

  1. Hold a university degree recognized in Germany,
  2. if necessary, possession of a professional license required for the desired profession,
  3. and fulfillment of the minimum salary threshold.

Specialists in IT benefit from an exception: they can obtain an EU Blue Card even without a university degree. However, they must have worked in IT professions for three years in the past seven years and be able to prove that they have theoretical knowledge on a par with a university degree. We explain the details of this privileged status for IT specialists here.

The German bureaucracy forces the applicant to submit the same application twice: On the one hand, to obtain the work visa for entry, which makes it possible to apply for the EU Blue Card in Germany in the first place. On the other hand, when applying for the electronic residence title in the form of the EU Blue Card in Germany.

Unfortunately, South Africa does not belong to the list of privileged countries whose citizens can enter Germany without an entry visa and apply for an EU Blue Card directly on the spot. Therefore, the application for an entry visa is mandatory when acquiring a Blue Card EU for South Africans.

Further information on the EU Blue Card in Germany and the requirements for the entry visa can be found here (as of Nov. 23).

Responsibilities in Germany

Which authority is responsible for applying for the EU Blue Card and where exactly you have to apply for it depends on the city in which you intend to have your permanent residence in the future.

Recognized universities

The EU Blue Card is linked to a university degree recognized in Germany. It is not easy to find out whether your university degree is recognized in Germany. You can find out via the information portal on foreign educational qualifications "anabin". You can also search our database for South African universities recognized in Germany.

If you have problems finding out whether your degree is recognized in Germany, we will be happy to assist you. We also advise our clients on other problems in the application process.

Application with entry visa

South African citizens require an entry visa to apply for an EU Blue Card in Germany. The same and other problems may arise here as with the actual application for the EU Blue Card. We are happy to advise and support you during this process in order to make this first step towards the EU Blue Card in Germany as easy as possible.

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the accelerated skilled worker procedure in accordance with Section 81a AufenthG, which offers a number of advantages and can therefore shorten the process of obtaining the desired residence permit considerably. In some cases, an appointment with the German diplomatic mission abroad is no longer necessary. Instead, it may be sufficient to simply submit the required documents. A decision on your application submitted in this way should then be made within a few weeks from the time the documents are submitted. 

We are also happy to actively support you in carrying out the accelerated skilled worker procedure.

You can find more information about the EU Blue Card here.

Recognized Universities List South Africa

Search for your university or the location of your institution:

Institution Location
AAA School of Advertising (Pty) Ltd Parklands
AFM Theological College t/a Auckland Park Theological Seminary Auckland Park
Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie (Institute of Christian Psychology/ ICP) Hatfield
Academia NPC Pretoria
Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa Randburg
Belgium Campus I t/a The Belgium Campus Karenpark
Border Technikon Mthatha
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cape Town
Cape Technikon Cape Town
Cape Town Baptist Seminary Cape Town
Central University of Technology, Free State Bloemfontain
Centre for Creative Education/Iziko La Bantu Be Afrika Plumstead
Christ Baptist Church Seminary Faunapark
CIDA City Campus Marshalltown
Cornerstone Christian College Plumstead
Cranefield College (Pty) Ltd t/a Cranefield College of Project and Program Management Pretoria
Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd Rivonia
Damelin (Pty) Ltd Durban
Design School Southern Africa Pretoria
Durban Institute of Technology Durban
Durban University of Technology Durban
Eastern Cape Technikon Mthatha
Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa Pietermaritzburg
Global School of Theology Roodepoort
Greenside Design Center College of Design (Pty) Ltd t/a Design Center College of Design Greenside
Helderberg College Somerset West
Henley Management College (The) (Incorporated in the United Kingdom) Sunninghill
IMM Graduate School of Marketing (Pty) Ltd Auckland Park
Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd Randburg
Inscape Design College (Pty) Ltd Houghton
Linea Academy Pty Ltd t/a LA Durban
LISOF (Pty) Ltd t/a LISOF Cape Town
MANCOSA (Pty) Ltd t/a Management College of Southern Africa Eastend
Mangosuthu Technikon Durban
Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) Sovenga
Midrand Graduate Institute (Pty) Ltd t/a MGI Halfway House
Monash South Africa Roodepoort
Mukhanyo Theological College Kwamhlanga
Nazarene Theological College Honeydew
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Port Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth
North West University Potchefstroom
North-West Technikon Pretoria
Northern Gauteng Technikon Pretoria
Open Window (Pty) Ltd t/a The Open Window School of Visual Communication Pretoria
Oval International Computer Education Durban
PC Training and Business College (Pty) Ltd Umhlanga Rocks
Peninsula Technikon Cape Town
Port Elizabeth Technikon Port Elizabeth
Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education Potchefstroom
Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoer Onderwys Potchefstroom
Pretoria Technikon Pretoria
Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (PMI) Bluff
Rand Afrikaans University Auckland Park
Regenesys Management (Pty) Ltd Gallo Manor
Regent Business School (Pty) Ltd t/a Regent Business School Marine parade
Rhodes University Grahamstown
Saint Francis Xavier Seminary Cape Town
Saint John Vianney Major Seminary Pretoria
Saint Joseph's Theological Institute Cedara
South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance (Pty) Ltd t/a AFDA Melville
South African Theological Seminary Rivonia
Southern Africa Bible College Helderkruin
St John Vianney Seminary Groenkloef
St Joseph?s Theological Institute Hilton
St. Augustine College of South Africa St. Augustine
Stadio (Pty) Ltd Cape Town
Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography Stellenbosch
Stenden South Africa BV Port Alfred
Technikon Free State Bloemfontain
Technikon Southern Africa Pretoria
Technikon Witwatersrand Auckland Park
Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria
TSIBA Education NPC Cape Town
Universitas Nataliensis Durban
University of Cape Town Cape Town
University of Durban-Westville Durban
University of Fort Hare Alice
University of Johannesburg Auckland Park
University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban
University of Limpopo Sovenga
University of Mpumalanga Mbombela
University of Natal Durban
University of North-West Potchefstroom
University of Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth
University of Pretoria Pretoria
University of South Africa Pretoria
University of Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
University of the Free State Bloemfontein
University of the North Sovenga
University of the Orange Free State Bloemfontein
University of the Western Cape Bellville
University of the Witwatersrand Witwatersrand
University of Transkei (UNITRA) Mthatha
University of Venda Thohoyandou
University of Zululand Kwadlangezwa
Vaal Triangle Technikon Vanderbijlpark
Vaal University of Technology Vanderbijlpark
Vista University (closed in 2004) Pretoria
Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science Mthatha
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