The EU Blue Card Directive (Council Directive 2009/50/EC) of 25
May 2009 was adopted to facilitate the admission and mobility of
highly qualified migrants and their families from non-EU
This Directive, applicable in the EU (except for the UK, Ireland
and Denmark) shall meet the increasing demand for skilled workers
in Europe, e.g. engineers and IT specialists.
Germany, the Transposition Act for the Blue Card Directive came
into force on 1 August 2012 and resulted in the EU Blue Card as new
residence title (Sec. 19a of the German Residence Act). European
Commission statistics point to wide variations between member
states in the number of Blue Cards granted, and by far the most
Blue Cards have been granted in Germany:
2012: 2,584, app. 70% of all Blue Cards
2013: at least 14,197, app.90% of all Blue
To successfully apply for a Blue Card in Germany, one must meet
general admission conditions such as submitting completed
application forms, a valid passport and biometric photo, health
insurance protection, proof of a housing lease contract and local
Three preconditions must also be met:
applicants must provide proof of
having completed higher education. If not acquired in Germany, it
needs to be recognised or comparable to a German qualification
applicants must provide proof of a
specific job offer or present a pre-existing/signed employment
the job offer or contract must
include a specific minimum gross annual salary.
If the minimum gross salary (€48,400) threshold is
satisfied, the Blue Card does not require Federal Employment Agency
approval according to Sec. 2 sub. 1 no. 2 (a) of the German
Sec. 2 sub. 2 stipulates a regulation for jobs where there is a
shortage of applicants. Applicants who cannot enter Germany on a
visa-free basis have to apply for a visa for the purpose of
employment. A tourist visa is not sufficient.
The EU Blue Card is a temporary right of residence and can
facilitate the granting of a permanent residence permit afterwards.
In establishing the Blue Card for highly qualified migrants and
employers, the European Commission is working to meet its objective
to make the European Union the most competitive and dynamic
knowledge-based economy in the world.
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