Non-EU (third-country) professionals looking for a “work visa” in Germany may be a bit confused when researching the process. Rather than a “visa” issued by the Federal Foreign Office that permits the ability to work in the country, the Immigration Authority of each city issues a residence permit (or Aufenthaltserlaubnis) that allows the holder to stay in Germany and work under specific conditions. In order to obtain a residence permit, qualified workers must have certain qualifications.
Minimum application requirements:
The possession of qualifications that are recognized in Germany or comparable to qualifications from a German institution of higher education.
A formal employment offer (job contract) with a position that is appropriate based on the applicant’s qualifications.
If over the age of 45 and coming to Germany for the first time as an employee, a minimum gross annual salary of 46,860 (as of 2021), or proof of adequate retirement pension provisions, is required.
For professionals that hold recognized higher education degrees or intend to work in certain impacted fields that lack qualified talent, you may be qualified for an EU Blue Card.
EU Blue Card
Certain highly qualified or academic professionals may be eligible to apply for an EU Blue Card, which permits employment not only in Germany but throughout the European Union. This offers typically executive-level professionals and experienced business professionals the opportunity for flexibility in their choice of working place (all EU countries except Denmark and Ireland). Germany remains the highest issuer of EU Blue Cards throughout the region and is welcoming to qualified international talent.
Minimum application requirements:
The possession of a university degree that was acquired in Germany OR recognized/comparable to a German degree.
A formal employment offer (job contract) of at least one year with a position that is appropriate based on the applicant’s qualifications.
The gross annual income must be at least 56,800 EUR (as of 2021).
For employees within the fields of natural science, human medicine, IT, engineering, and mathematics, the gross annual income must be at least 44,304 EUR (as of 2021).
If you require legal assistance with your EU Blue Card application or have an Employment Law issue in relation to your EU Blue Card holder status, our specialized German Employment Law attorneys welcome your inquiry.
Contact us for help with your employee residence permit in Germany
At ZELLER & SEYFERT, German Attorney at Law Dr. Christian Zeller is in charge of the Employment & Corporate Law department and would be happy to help you or your business with employee residence permits in Germany. Our law firm is situated in Frankfurt and Berlin, but we have successfully counseled and represented expats based all over Germany, including Düsseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and in many other German cities and towns. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone (+49 (0) 69-58 80 972-40) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Through our 24/7 Contact button on the right, you can fill out the Direct message form, book an initial consultancy appointment (free of charge) with an expert in German Employment Law, request a Call-back within 24 hours, or start a Live chat with our law firm. Regardless of how you choose to get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you.