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Highly qualified immigrants enjoy particularly attractive residence conditions in Germany.

For example, these individuals are eligible for permanent residency immediately after arriving in the country. Family members who accompany them to Germany (or join them at a later date) are also allowed to seek employment here.

Meanwhile, residence permits for seeking employment and the EU's Blue Card represent two particularly intriguing opportunities for highly skilled people.

Residence permits for seeking employment

This form of residence permit enables you to search for possible employment, get to know potential employers, attend job interviews, and (hopefully) secure an employment contract right here in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

Foreign citizens with certain university degrees can obtain a residence permit to find a job that matches their qualifications. Residence permits for job seekers are not open-ended, however – they can only be granted for up to six months – nor do they initially grant you the right to work. Before coming to Germany, you must apply for a national visa in your home country. Upon your arrival, you must also apply for a residence permit in writing at the foreign citizens' office before your visa expires.

Requirements

The requirements for obtaining a residence permit for seeking employment are as follows:

  • You meet the applicable passport and visa requirements.
  • You are capable of providing for your own livelihood.
  • There is no outstanding reason for which you could be deported.
  • Your stay presents no hindrance or danger to the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You have not received a residence permit that allows you to stay in Germany for another purpose.
  • You have one or more of the following:
    - A German university degree
    - A recognized university degree from a foreign country
    - A foreign university degree comparable to a German university degree

 

 

The EU Blue Card

Highly skilled foreign citizens who wish to work in Germany in a position that matches their qualifications can obtain the EU's Blue Card.

Your first Blue Card can be valid for up to four years. If your employment contract is for fewer than four years, your Blue Card will be valid for the contract's duration, plus three months. 

Please note:

If you wish to change jobs within the first two years after receiving your Blue Card, you must first be granted permission by the foreign citizens' office.

Who is eligible for the EU Blue Card?

The requirements for obtaining a Blue Card are as follows:

  • You meet the applicable passport and visa requirements.
  • You earn an annual salary of at least €48,400. For certain professions (natural scientists, mathematicians, engineers, physicians, and IT specialists), the minimum annual salary is €37,752.
  • There is no outstanding reason for which you could be deported.
  • Your stay presents no hindrance or danger to the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You have one or more of the following:
    - A German university degree
    - A recognized university degree from a foreign country
    - A foreign university degree comparable to a German university degree
  • You have acquired a position that matches your qualifications (or have been offered one in writing ).
  • The German Federal Employment Office has approved your residence permit (this is only required in specific cases).

A list of recognized foreign university degrees is available here.

How can you apply for the EU's Blue Card?

Before coming to Germany, you must apply for a national visa in your home country. Germany's diplomatic representation will then consult with the relevant foreign citizens' office.

Upon your arrival, you must also apply for a residence permit in writing at the foreign citizens' office before your visa expires. Depending on your place of residence in the region, the foreign citizens' office can be reached either through the city administration of Karlsruhe or the Karlsruhe District Office (Landratsamt).

Required documents:

  • Proof of fulfillment of the applicable passport and visa requirements
  • Proof of minimum salary
  • Proof of university degree
  • Proof of employment (or corresponding offer)
  • Proof that you are not subject to any grounds for deportation
  • Proof that you present no hindrance or danger to the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany

 Please note that additional documents may be required depending on your situation.