Germany and the EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card is a special residence permit for workers coming from non EU countries. Everyone, having a German university degree or an in Germany acknowledged degree and earning more than € 49600 per year can apply for the EU Blue Card. People in fields of highly demanded qualifications need to fulfill lower conditions of a yearly income of € 38688. EU Blue Card holders enjoy the benefit of being granted the permanent residence permission after 33 or 21 months already.

Germany adopted the EU Blue Card in 2012 in order to combat the rising shortage of specialists. 41624 Blue Cards were issued until the end of 2015, mostly in the states of Bavaria (München), Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart) and Lower Saxony.

German think tanks and economists want to push the EU Blue Card further and want to lower the conditions applicable to university graduates within and outside of the so-called shortage sectors.
Do you fulfill the conditions for the EU Blue Card in Germany? How to apply for it? Special services are provided for EU Blue Card holder and those who want to apply for the EU Blue Card.

  • Supporting you in the application process – Which documents are necessary?
  • Supporting you in moving to Germany – What documents do I need? How to find a flat? What else is necessary?
  • Supporting you during your first time in Germany – Where do I find a language school to learn German?

Find out more here

Pathways to Germany Part1 Job-seekers

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Pathways to Germany

You have a recognized or comparable university degree? You want to work and live in Germany, you want to seek employment here and you can prove sufficient financial means?
In this case you can entry Germany and reside here. However, administrative work is to be done as well.

What do I need to do before going to Germany?
Generally, you should find out about special and intergovernmental agreements between your country and Germany. Make an appointment at the German embassy in your country and apply for a visa (if necessary). Bear in mind long waiting times for appointments and processing time for the visa! The visa is valid for 1-3 months.

What do I need to do once I entered Germany?
After having entered Germany it is of utmost importance to register with the municipality of the city. This is a condition to register the with foreign nationals’ registration authority, which is responsible for you in Germany.

They tell you which documents you need in order to apply for a residence permit and you apply here for the residence permit.

Handy hints:
– make appointments early in time in order to circumvent long waiting times and delays.
– in order to facilitate and accelerate the process you can inform yourself about the forms you need online at various platforms such as gohelp.y. You can print all forms and checklists at home and take them with you for your appointment.

New City, new country: Relocation – do it yourself!

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Relocation

You want to work in Berlin, Munich or Stuttgart and you are coming from an EU Member State?

When moving to Germany in order to work here, the most important question is whether your qualifications are accepted.
In the recognition procedure, the relevant competent authority will check whether your foreign professional or vocational qualification is equivalent to a German qualification. The equivalence check takes place on the basis of stipulated formal criteria such as content and duration of training. Any relevant occupational experience you may have is also taken into account. You must be able to show that you have completed a professional or vocational qualification which was not obtained in Germany.
European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOD) had designed an European self-assessment grid for language skills and digital competence.

Online relocation tools can support you with this. Most effective are online tools which take into account your individual facts. You just need to provide the system with information about your work status, qualifications and skills; the online tool will then provide a step-by-step path with all steps you need to take. One such online tool is Gohelp.y.

Outlook for the next part of the series: Relocation with children. What is important when moving with children?

Berlin’s Lack of teachers

The lack of teachers in primary schools in Berlin is growing.

Berlin has not enough teachers especially for primary schools. Caused by this fact the Senate/Ministry of Berlin for Education, Science and Research is recruiting teachers from Austria and the Netherlands.  Starting now the Berliner Education Administration places advertisements in Austrian newspapers for the upcoming three weeks.

The Senator of Education Mrs Scheeres said in her statement that people who live close to the German border in Austria and the Netherlands are able to speak proficiently German. Brandenburg is looking for foreign teachers as well. Here, teachers from Poland are preferred.

Detailed information on how to become a teacher for primary schools are available here. The Senate/ministry of Education, Science and Research formed a list of criteria and a table of salary for prospective primary school teachers in Germany.

You want to learn more? The Berliner Education Administration will answer your question at their open day “Berliner Day” 23rd of April 2016.

Do you have digital know how?

 EUROPASS: self-assessment of digital competences

You can learn more about your own digital competence using the self-assessment of digital competences on Europass. This can be helpful for getting a job.
Europass includes five documents to make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe. You can create your CV online using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions. Furthermore you can use the Language Passport. It is a self-assessment tool for language skills and qualifications. You can create your Language Passport online using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions. Since last summer it is possible to carry out a self-assessment of digital competences (information processing, communication, content creation , security, problem solving) through the Europass CV online editor, using levels and descriptors.

The Europass celebrated its 10th birthday last year. Since it was designed more than 100 million visits were recorded, and 50 million CVs were created online in 27 languages. This success is largely due to the active support of National Europass Centres.

In every European country is a  National Europass Centre – the first point of contact if you want to learn more about Europass.


The European Centre for the Development of vocational Training (CEDEFOD)

ITB Berlin International Travel Trade Fair Berlin

ITB Berlin – International Travel Trade Fair Berlin

ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus Börse Berlin) will start at the 9th of March. During five days the world’s largest travel trade fair will take place in Berlin. You will have a brilliant chance to learn much about other countries and a unique opportunity to look behind the curtain of the global tourism industry.

It all started in 1966 with exhibitors from only five countries, the number of trade visitors increased fom 250 to over 10,000.  Today the ITB has developed into a worldwide succes its total number of visitor is over 180,000.
The official partner of ITB will be Maldives this year. While trade visitors will have the opportunity to expand their conctacts and do business, other visitors will use this fair to get an impression of the whole world within a few hours.


Working in Berlin – Foreign vocational qualification

AUSLÄNDISCHE BERUFSABSCHLÜSSE (Foreign vocational qualification)

Vocational recognition consulting at IHK Berlin

Qualified and skilled employees having a foreign vocational qualification and already work or want to work in Germany have a right to apply for qualification recognition. (Berufsqualifikationsfeststellungsgesetz BQFG)

The IHK invites people who have got a foreign vocational qualification to come to an open house to the IHK. You will get a first consultancy regarding your vocational recognition.

Date for next “Beratungstag Anerkennung” is the 1st of March 2016, 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. you can ask for an appointment here.

Munich Business Phoenix Award

PhoenixPreis – Munich’s Business Award for Migrant Citizens

Munich is one of the most dynamic economic locations in Europe. Part of this success are 12,000 business run by migrant citizens. They give employment to around 100,000 people from 140 different ethnic and national groups. This contribution has now been recognized with the PhoenixPrize for businesses run by migrant citizens.

The prize honours extraordinary achievement in business, as well as social and community spirit. Business volume and sales are taken into account in the prize’s evaluation system. Many small businesses have developed into mid-sized companies in just a few years, and this trend will increase.

Creating Trainee Roles and Apprenticeships
A further important criteria for participation in the prize is the creation and maintenance of trainee positions and jobs. The training and employment of young adults with low educational qualifications, who may otherwise find it hard in the job market, is particularly highly marked. Also important is integrative company management, which promotes diversity in the workplace.

Investment for Munich
The willingness of Munich’s migrant business community to invest its effort, knowledge and money in the city, shows that for these businesspeople, their life is lived in Germany. Self-employed workers with immigrant backgrounds are present in many commercial fields and sectors, primarily in small and mid-sized companies. They enrich Munich’s economy and, with their cultural heritage and language skills, are an important factor for integration in Munich.

Kameran Shwani



Blue Card EU

Condition for Blue Card EU since first of January:

Working in Germany as a highly qualified person you can ask for a Blue Card EU.
Here are the main condition you have to fulfill:

  •  a German or recognised foreign or comparable foreign higher educational qualification,
  • submission of an employment contract or a binding job offer,
    as a matter of principle proof of a minimum annual gross salary of 49.600 Euro.Exception: A lower salary threshold of 38.688 Euro is applied for EU Blue Cards issued to scientists, mathematicians and engineers, as well as to doctors and IT specialists.


Working in Munich

Beside world groups like BMW, Allianz, Siemens, Müncher Rück Versicherung internationally very successfully companies offer jobs in the branches

  • Electrical engineering,
  • Mechanical engineering,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Service,
  • Trade and
  • Media

In addition, many highly qualified and trained professional employees are searched in the aerospace and aviation technology not only in Munich, but also are searched in this biggest location of the aerospace and aviation industry in Europe.

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