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Germany's New Point-Based Visa: Move Without a Job

Updated: Jun 1

Germany has introduced reforms to simplify the process for skilled professionals to relocate to the country. These changes aim to make it easier for foreign workers to live and work in Germany.

Germany's Relaxed Immigration Policies

Recently, Germany has implemented various measures to attract skilled labor. One key change is the introduction of the EU Blue Card, which allows foreign workers to reside in Germany for up to three years while their qualifications are being approved.

The New Opportunity Card

Germany has unveiled a point-based "opportunity card" to further ease the job search for skilled workers. Beginning June 1, individuals with equivalent foreign qualifications can seek employment for up to one year. Applicants must demonstrate financial self-sufficiency and meet specific prerequisites.

Who is Eligible?

To qualify for the Opportunity Card, applicants must have sufficient financial means. Additionally, they need at least two years of vocational training or a university degree from their home country, along with language proficiency in German (A1) or English (B2).

Job Prospects for Cardholders

Opportunity Card holders can work up to 20 hours per week during their job search. The card's validity can be extended for another two years if the holder secures appropriate employment.

Ongoing Reforms in Germany

Germany continues to implement reforms to attract skilled workers. The updated Skilled Immigration Act provides more flexibility for foreign professionals working in the country.

Enhanced Flexibility for Training and Work

The revised Skilled Immigration Act, effective March 1, allows part-time work (up to 20 hours per week) while completing training to align foreign qualifications with German standards. Skilled workers can begin working immediately while their qualifications are being recognized, permitting a stay of up to three years.

Simplified Family Reunification

The new Skilled Immigration Act also simplifies the process for bringing family members to Germany. Skilled workers can now more easily reunite with spouses, minor children, and parents or parents-in-law.

With these new immigration policies and the Opportunity Card, Germany is offering a more accessible route for skilled workers to settle in the country. These changes aim to make Germany a more attractive destination for global talent.

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