Working in Germany gets much easier. Engineers, Mathematicians, Medical Doctors and Nurses – Germany needs you all. To apply for the German “Blue Card” is much faster and easier than getting an american Green Card: Take for example Indian professionals. In the US they work on H1-B Visas – and have to wait up to ten years for a green card. Without being able to change their job in the meantime!
In Germany it’s much easier. If you have a university degree that is accepted in Germany you just need a job that pays good – and after working here for 33 months you will get a permanent residency permit. If you can prove that you speak German at a level of “B1” by the European Reference System the time is even less: 23 months and you get a permanent residency permit.
Compare that to 10 years in the US…
Next week i will write about the detailed requirements to get a Blue Card. This week i focus on one important requirement: You need a university degree that is accepted in Germany.
Luckily this has become much easier then in the past. If you are an European Union Citizen then most degrees are automatically accepted. If you are a non-EU foreigner you will have to apply for acceptance in some cases.
So – how about your degree?
Germany is a federal republic. As a result some the quality of some professions is regulated by the separate states – and some by the federal goverment. Which means that you don’t only have to find out if your university and degree is accepted – you also need to decide in which part of Germany you want to live – because your place of residence decides at which office you have to apply…
During the last year this has become much easier and the goverment finally tries to improve the process even more. Just a few months ago the German goverment finally started a website that allows you to quick check if your degree needs approval.
Finding the right office to talk to
In just 4 short steps it helps you to find the correct office to talk to – click here:
If you are not sure yet in which part of Germany you want to live: Try my hometown Düsseldorf.(Postcode is 40227) Düsseldorf, by the Way, is a wonderful place to live: Located at the Rhine river, filled with smart, international people and just a 2 hours drive away from Netherlands, Belgium and France. Lots of opportunities for a “Day trip”.
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