HOW TO: Work & Live in Germany

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Would you like to live and work in Germany? In the past, this was very difficult for Non-EU-Citizens. In the last few months, a lot has changed in this regard and Germany has opened up many opportunities for skilled workers from abroad.

The new Skilled Immigration Act at a glance

The new Skilled Immigration Act (FEG) makes it easier for skilled workers with vocational training and individuals with practical knowledge to immigrate to Germany.
With the new law, existing mechanisms for skilled workers with a university degree, such as the EU Blue Card, will continue and in some cases be extended. In addition, a new opportunity card (Chancenkarte) will enable third-country nationals to seek employment.

Webinar - Make it in Germany

Opportunity Card

From 1 June 2024, the opportunity card for the purpose of job search will be introduced in Germany. A points system will be used for this process. Find out in this webinar what opportunities and requirements the opportunity card offers.

Date & time: Wed, Jun 19, 2024 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM PDT

Register here

EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card (Section 18g of the Residence Act [AufenthG]) is a special residence title for foreign academics and people with comparable qualifications who want to take up qualified employment in Germany.

In some countries, it is possible to apply online for an EU Blue Card. You can find more information on the digital application process on the Consular Services Portal of the Federal Foreign Office.

Even if you do not meet the above-mentioned requirements for an EU Blue Card, there may be other options open to you.

If you are an IT professional without a formal qualification, in addition to the EU Blue Card, you may be able to enter Germany under the special regulations for individuals with practical knowledge.Do you want to work in Germany as an IT professional or manager without a formal qualification? Under certain conditions, you may be able to obtain an EU Blue Card.

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