What is the EU Blue Card?
The EU Blue Card is a residence permit which makes it easier to obtain permanent employment for highly-qualified or skilled employees from non-EU member states in EU member states.
This permit is generally limited to a period of no more than four years and can be extended under certain conditions.
Can I apply for the EU Blue Card?
EU Blue Cards can by applied for by citizens of non-EU member states who arrive in Germany but who are either living in Germany with another kind of residence permit or who have been granted an EU Blue Card in another EU member state.
Other conditions for obtaining the EU Blue Card are:
- a completed course of tertiary studies. The degree must have been either acquired in Germany, be comparable with a German degree or be recognised in Germany
- an employment contract or a binding offer of employment from a company in Germany
- a minimum annual salary of EUR 48,400.00 (2015)
For so-called “shortage occupations”, this salary limit is EUR 37,752. An EU Blue Card can normally be issued to people fulfilling these requirements only with the consent of Germany’s Federal Employment Agency. If your tertiary degree was obtained in Germany, the examination by the Federal Employment Agency may be dispensed with.
Please note that the minimum salaries are updated every year!
How can I apply for an EU Blue Card?
If you already live in Germany, you can apply at your local foreign nationals’ office.
If you come from Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, Korea (South Korea), New Zealand or the United states of America or from a third-party state and have held an EU Blue Card from another EU member state for at least 18 months, you can enter Germany without a visa and apply for a EU Blue Card at the foreign nationals’ office responsible for your residential area.
If you are still living abroad, you must first apply for a visa for the purpose of seeking employment. After you have arrived in Germany, it is important to apply for an EU Blue Card at the foreign nationals’ office responsible for your residential area.
What documents do I need for the application?
- the application form
- a valid passport
- a current biometric photo
- a tertiary degree certificate (translated and certified)
- (if required) an assessment of your tertiary qualification by the German “Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen” (Central Office for Foreign Education)
- an employment contract or a binding offer of employment from a company in Germany together with evidence of the wage or salary
- a rent agreement for a German residence
- evidence of medical insurance
- if agreement from the German Federal Employment Agency is required, you will need:
- an application form for permission to take up paid employment
- a form with a job description
How long does it take to process the visa application and what does it cost?
up to 9 months
Charges First Issue:
EUR 100.00 to EUR 110.00
EUR 65.00 for three months
EUR 80.00 for longer than three months.