Immigration law in Germany: changes linked to the residence card “Talent Passport – European Blue Card”

12 July 2023 | Flash News

Following the European directive signed on October 20, 2021, member states have until November 2023 to change their skilled immigration policy.

Germany has adopted a new immigration law. It brings significant changes for workers and employers, in particular concerning the “European Blue Card” talent passport.

  • EU Blue Card in Germany:

The salary threshold for the European Blue Card has been lowered to €43,800 gross per year (instead of €58,400).

  • Recognition of qualifications in Germany:

Recognition of diplomas will no longer be required if the applicant :

  1. can provide proof of a minimum of 2 years’ professional experience.
  2. holds a university degree recognised by the state in their country of origin.

However, a minimum salary of €43,800 will be required, without which recognition of the professional diploma will remain compulsory. In addition, it will be possible for an employee to hold a job even if it does not correspond exactly to their initial qualification, without a specific university degree being required.

  • German green card / Chancenkarte :

Firstly, a “German green card” (“Chancenkarte”) will be created. Similar to the Canadian model, applicants selected with a minimum score of six points (based on qualifications, age, language skills and previous stay in Germany) can stay for one year without a work contract, while waiting to find a job. However, you must be able to support yourself financially during this period.

  • IT professionals :

Finally, IT specialists without a university degree will now be eligible for the European Blue Card.