EU Blue Card for Highly Skilled Specialists
Germany implements EU Directive “Blue Card” for high skilled employees (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:155:0017:0029:en:PDF ) on August 1st 2012. The immigration of foreign skilled nationals has the purpose to enable immigration of highly qualified employed foreigners from countries outside of the European Union (EU).
The time will tell whether this regulation changes the rigid practice of the German embassies abroad and of the national aliens offices to prevent the immigration of high skilled nationals.
The German Federal Government wishes to strengthen the German labour marked with § 19 a) aliens act. The income threshold for an unlimited residence permit for highly skilled workers shall reduced substantially. The necessary income will be reduced from 66,000 € to 48,000 €. The federal government hopes that by this way they can make an attractive offer to highly skilled foreign professionals. Time will tell whether the immigration authorities in Germany really will be successful to initiate a "welcoming culture" for highly skilled immigrants and foreign specialists or top experts as announced in a press release. The federal government has the idea that the private companies are able to offer attractive jobs for international experts.
The holder of an EU Blue Card shall get a permanent residence permit if he has had at least 33 months a job in accordance with § 1 Aliens Act and has done for this period compulsory or voluntary contributions to statutory pension insurance or expenses for a claim for comparable services of an insurance or care institution or an insurance company and prove the conditions of § 9, paragraph 2, sentence 1 number 2 and 4 to 9 of the Aliens Act. § 9, paragraph 2, sentences 2 to 6 Aliens Act shall apply accordingly. The period is reduced to 21 months if the foreigner can prove German language proficiency level B1. Then the blue card is almost a kind of EU-"green card".
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Attorney Stefan Gräbner since 1995, first working as a lawyer in Bremen, since 1997 he is registered in Berlin. Attorney Stefan Gräbner works with the focus of immigration law, asylum and nationality law.
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