News: The Bluecard Law will come into effect on the 1st of August!
Info about the new Bluecard for Germany
The Government wants to attract more highly qualified experts and therefore they make it easier to get a German work permit. The new law already passed the ,Bundestag‘ on the 27th of April and the ,Bundesrat‘ on the 11th of May. Now it has to be published in the ,Bundesgesetzblatt‘ and then the law has come into effect. From an optimistic point of view we can expect this on the 1st of July 2012. The whole process is called ,Gesetzgebungsverfahren‘.
The most important points are:
Applicants must have a degree from an accredited University or at least 5 years experience in a related profession and an employment contract from a German company about 44.800,- € which is reduced to 35.000,- € for scientists, IT-Experts, Engineers and medical Doctors.
The so called ,Arbeitsmarktcheck‘ (labourmarket check) will be cancelled. This is a very important point, because this check extended the process from the application to the visa stamp in the passport for weeks!
The rule that very high qualified persons with a minimum income of 66.000,- € can get the ,Niederlassungserlaubnis‘ from the beginning of their life in Germany will be cancelled, which is indeed a disadvantage for this group of experts.
Now every work permit holder can get the ,Niederlassungserlaubnis‘ (unlimited residence permit) after 3 years and if the applicant speaks German he can get it already after 2 years (only with a valid employment contract!). This is an improvement, before the Bluecard it was 5 years.
new is the possiblity to get a 6 month visa to search for a job in Germany! Foreign students get 18 month time to look for a job instead of 12 month, when they finished their studies succesful.