Make it in germany with the Blue Card
Hey all, as you already know I study Software Engineering in Germany because of the future employability prospect. Yes it’s great to be studying in a field that I love and a t the same time that is in demand almost everywhere, especially the wester countries such as Europe and North America. Today I want to tell you a little about the Blue Card, what it is, the benefits and what you can do do get a change to get one. I have been in Germany for a while and have collected as much info as I could from friends and colleagues from the University so please read on to find out how you too can come and work in Germany.
What is the Blue Card
The Blue Card is designed to make Europe an attractive place for highly skilled workers from outside the EU. With a shortage of highly skilled workers the European Union member states expect United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark sought out to entice skilled professionals to come and work in Europe, with a single work and residence permit, while easing the requirements for successful immigration of non-EU nationals as well as favorable family reunion options.
While in the past people immigrated toward North America, particularly United States of America and Canada because of great chance of success in working in a field they love and strengthen their career, the EU made the Blue Card system, akin to the Green card of USA. The Blue card is not about a fixed number of people that a country will decide to give out to people, but attracting workers in fields of work where there is shortage in European companies such as engineering, medicine, science, IT, telecommunication, mathematics etc.
Germany has implemented the Blue Card legislation fully in April 2012 and since then many workers wishing to live and work in Germany have applied for the Blue Card and thus gotten a residence permit.
Some of the benefits of Blue Card
An important thing to note is that you need a university degree from your home country that is comparable to that of Germany or the European Union or work experience and training and you will get the same salary as German nationals doing the same job.
German language knowledge is a must, many companies will hire employers with English only, but those are international companies that have multi-ethnic employees. Nevertheless on job boards you will see that you need to know and speak German on a working professional level in order to have an advantage in securing a job.
The Blue Card is awarded for a duration of 1 to 4 years but if your work contract is less than 4 years than you get a Blue Card for the duration of your work and extra 3 months. You can apply for a permanent residence permit after 3 years, or if you know German to the B1 level cording to the European Union language proficiently and ability assessment which is the intermediate level you have the right to apply in 2 years. Before this you had to wait 5 years before having the right to apply for a residence permit.
Other benefit include that the relatives of the Blue Card holders also have the right to work in Germany without a delay as long as they are qualified and family reunion has been made even easier – now your marriage partner doesn’t need to know German to get a visa and live with you in Germany, while until now to get a visa even if you were married your partner had to know German, even if only at a basic level.
On to you
With so many companies in Germany hiring skilled workers your chance to live and work in one of the most financially stable and strong countries in Europe has never been easier. I hope this post was informational and helpful. Drop a comment on what you think about working in Germany so we can all benefit.