Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has announced that since January 1, 2022, the minimum annual gross salary requirement for a German EU Blue Card has dropped by 0.7 per cent.
This means that skilled foreigners wishing to be employed in Germany under an EU Blue Card will be able to do so with a lower salary offer than previously.
“[In order to obtain an EU Blue Card in Germany, you must] have a minimum annual gross salary of €56,400. A reduced minimum annual gross salary of €43,992 applies to employment in the occupational fields of mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, engineering and human medicine (not including dentistry),” the Office for Migration and Refugees notes in its updated guidelines for obtaining such a residence permit in Germany in 2022.
The EU Blue Card is a document that permits its holder to move to the issuing EU country and work there for several years. It is issued to skilled workers only, who have a university degree and a job offer with a minimum salary at least, which requirement threshold changes annually.
Last year, the minimum salary requirement was €56,800, and €44,304 in shortage occupations, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The requirement is still higher than in 2020 when the minimum salary requirement for working under an EU Blue Card in Germany in non-shortage occupations was €55,200, and €44,304 for shortage occupations.
Germany’s decision to lower the salary minimum requirement comes at a time when the EU is working to make it easier for skilled foreigners to obtain an EU Blue Card.
In September last year, the members of the European Parliament agreed to reform the EU Blue Card and facilitate the employment of highly-skilled non-EU nationals in a bid to reduce labour shortages in main sectors across the bloc.
Amongst others, the MEPs had agreed to permit employees to obtain a Blue Card with a work contract valid for only six months, instead of the mandatory 12 months as it previously was.
The EU Blue Card is not the only way through which skilled workers can move to Germany. Since March 1, 2020, Germany issues visas to qualified specialists and trainees from third countries under its new Skilled Workers Immigration Act. Through the act, the country intends to fill in vacant positions for which there is a lack of skilled German and EU workers.
In the first year of the act, from March 1 to December 31, 2020, the German authorities have managed to grant 30,200 visas to qualified specialists and trainees from third countries, in spite of the pandemic.