Do you have questions regarding EU Blue Card Requirements and its advantages? We are happy to support Blue Card applications. But what exactly is a Blue Card?
The EU Blue Card is a temporary residence permit that is issued for a period of four years as a matter of principle. If the duration of the employment contract is shorter than four years, the EU Blue Card will be as well – plus three months.
EU Blue Card Requirements:
University diploma: If you did not acquire your degree in Germany, your degree must either be recognised or comparable to a German degree.
Employment contract with a minimum annual gross salary of 55,200 Euros.
A reduced minimum gross salary of 43,056 Euros applies to the fields of mathematics, computer and natural sciences, engineering and human medicine (not dentistry). This threshold applies to 2020 – the salary thresholds will be readjusted each year.
Your employment must match your qualification.
There is a legal entitlement to an EU Blue Card if the conditions are met.
And the advantages are:
Family reunion: Spouses are entitled to issuance of a residence title without requiring a knowledge of German. And they are granted immediate and unlimited permission to take up employment.
Settlement permit: Holders of an EU Blue Card will receive a settlement permit after 33 months in Germany. Requirements: They have been in highly-qualified employment. They paid contributions into a pension fund during this period. And they are able to make themselves understood in German on a basic level. The qualification period is shortened to 21 months for persons with an adequate knowledge of German (level B1).
Mobility: You have held an EU Blue Card in another EU Member State for at least 18 months? Then you can enter Germany without a Visa in order to work. You will then have to apply for the EU Blue Card at the Foreign Office within one month.
EU long-term residence permit: you are entitled to an EU long-term residence permit after five years of having a Blue Card.Times spent in Germany and periods you have lived in another EU Member State, will count towards this qualification period (18 months).
Additionally, you must have been resident with a Blue Card for two years in the State where you apply for the EU long-term residence permit. Times spent outside the EU will not be included.