We are going to answer the most important questions about the blue card here in this post,
WHAT IS A BLUE CARD
An EU Blue Card is an immigration document that serves as a new kind of residence permit. A card issued for taking up employment in EU member states for the nationals of non E.U. member countries who have a university degree or equivalent qualification.
BASIS FOR EU CARD
Basis for the EU Blue Card is the EU Directive 2009/50/EC
Following law went effective for the implementation of blue card in Germany:
GERMAN RESIDENCE ACT:Section 19a: EU Blue Card
According to EU.de
(1) A foreigner from a non- EU country can get the EU blue card after the regulations 2009/50/EG of the board of 25th May 2009, that rules the consideration for the entrance and the stay of non- EU –foreigners for the reason of doing a job that suits his /her qualification ( ABl.L 155 of 18th June 2009, page 17) if:
a) owns a German or an accepted foreign university degree or a foreign university degree that is similar to a German one; or
b) owns a similar qualification after gaining work experiences for 5 years, after executive law- order after paragraph 2;
WHO ISSUES THE BLUE CARD?
German immigration authorities issue the Blue card.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE EU BLUE CARD?
This card is particularly meant for highly qualified individuals from non E.U. member countries staying in the E.U. Its main objective is to meet the expected future or existing shortages of skilled workers in desired fields of employments.
SINCE WHEN IS THE EU BLUE CARD LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE IN GERMANY?
In Germany EU Blue Card legislation went in effect on August 01, 2012
HOW TO GET AN EU BLUE CARD?
An EU Blue Card (residence permit according to § 19a of the Residence nF) is granted to a foreigner if he has a recognized foreign or a German university degree or a comparable foreign degree.
Unlike the Green Card in the USA an EU Blue Card is granted for a specific job, with a gross annual salary of at least € 46,400. However in so-called shortage occupations where there is shortage of skilled workers an amount of € 37,128 (effective January 01, 2014) is fixed.
CAN AN EU BLUE CARD HOLDER RECEIVE A PERMANENT RESIDENCE?
If German language skills of B1 level are demonstrated then PR can be applied after 21 months.
- If no German language skills have been acquired then after a stay of 33 months, Permanent residence can be applied.
CAN FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU BLUE CARD HOLDERS ENTER IN GERMANY?
Yes. Family members can accompany EU Blue Card holder and can also obtain residence permit in Germany.
CAN AN EU BLUE CARD HOLDER MOVE TO ANOTHER EU COUNTRY?
A blue card holder is allowed to move to another EU country after 18 months
FOR HOW LONG THE EU BLUE CARD IS VALID?
The EU Blue Card is issued to a limit of four years. If the employment contract is shorter than four years, then the Blue card for the duration of the work contract plus three extra months is granted.
OCCUPATIONS WITH SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS IN GERMANY:
The occupations where there is shortage of skilled workers includes professions like engineers, doctors, mathematicians, scientists, I.T professionals could also apply for and get an EU Blue Card.
So this is all you need to know about an EU Blue Card for working and living in Germany. Just verify before applying if you fulfill the eligibility criteria as defined by the German immigration ministry and if you do have all the proper qualifications then you’ll receive an EU Blue Card shortly after having submitted your application.