The application usually takes place at the local immigration office (Ausländerbehörde) in Germany after your future employees have entered the country on a German Employment Visa of three months. Such a Visa is not required however by citizens from USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Israel, South Korea, and New Zealand.
19a Aufenthaltsgesetz (German Residence Act) specifies the requirements that must be met to obtain a Blue Card. The Blue Card is granted for the purpose of pursuing an occupation that requires highly qualified skills.
Applicants shall provide the following documents:
- A degree from a German university or a degree that has been recognized as equivalent to such
- A valid employment contract or a reliable job offer for a highly skilled job
- Evidence for an annual gross income of at least € 58,400.00 (state: 2023). However, an exception will be made for occupational fields where there is a shortage of skilled labour. Applicants of the following occupations will have to provide evidence of an annual gross income of € 45,552.00 (state: 2023). This applies to Natural scientists, Mathematicians, Engineers, Medical Doctors and trained professionals in information technologies and communication technologies. Additionally, the approval of the German Federal Labour Office is required in these cases.
If a certain permission to practise is required in order to work in a certain occupational field (such as medicine and engineering), this permission will have to be acquired as well.
In addition to the requirements mentioned above, the general visa requirements will have to be met
- Proof that the applicant’s means of subsistence are covered
- Possession of a valid passport or substitute passport
- Proof of identity
- Absence of reason for deportation
- Entry into the German state territory took place under a valid entry Visa