Germany opens labour market for skilled workers from non-EU countries

30.08.2019 - Article

New rules for the immigration of skilled workers to Germany will enter into force in early 2020. The new law extends the opportunities for qualified professionals from outside the European Union to come to work in Germany.

Before applying for a visa under the new rules, interested candidates need to obtain official recognition of their professional qualification from the competent German authorities. Information about the procedures can be found on www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de. Interested professionals should start these procedures early. This is possible even before the new regulations enter into force.

Once they have the official recognition document, qualified professionals may apply for a visa to come to Germany to take up a specific job offer for which they are qualified. If the German authorities have only partially recognised the professional qualification, candidates may obtain a visa to do further training and exams in Germany and, under certain conditions, already work in the meantime.

Slightly different rules will apply to professionals over the age of 45. In order to come to work in Germany, they will need to provide a work contract with a certain minimum salary or proof of adequate retirement provisions.

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