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I am Egyptian and I am trying to relocate to Germany and to get a Blue Card work visa. I have all my papers ready, as well as a job offer.

In my country, the German Embassy is overloaded, so it means a long wait for the visa appointment. The first available date is at the end of March, and I may lose the job offer if wait that long.

Can I, an Egyptian, request a Blue Card visa appointment in another country, travel there as a tourist, and apply through the German Embassy there?

  • Are you positive you can get a blue card immediately? When I looked for German blue card information for an earlier question, a German government site said you get a work permit first, and then apply for a blue card once you're in Germany. – mkennedy Feb 23 '17 at 21:12
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I'm answering this for future visitors. Here are the relevant details from the BAMF website

http://www.bamf.de/EN/Infothek/FragenAntworten/BlaueKarteEU/blaue-karte-eu-node.html

"If you are currently outside Germany, you should apply to the competent German mission abroad for a visa for the purpose of employment before you enter Germany. As a matter of principle, this also applies in cases in which visa-free entry would otherwise be possible. See the next paragraph for details of exceptions. Under no circumstances should you enter Germany with a tourist visa, as this type of visa can only be extended in the form of a residence title in exceptional cases. As a rule, it is otherwise necessary to leave and then re-enter the country. The visa for the purpose of employment entitles you to enter Germany and then to apply to the immigration authority that is competent for your place of residence for the EU Blue Card to be issued. You will find the contact details of the German missions abroad worldwide here:

http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Laenderinformationen/03-WebseitenAV/Uebersicht_node.html

Exceptions apply to nationals of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States of America. They can enter Germany on a visa-free basis and can apply to the competent immigration authority in Germany for their future place of residence for an EU Blue Card within three months of entering Germany."

Since you are not eligible for one of these exceptions, you cannot apply for your Blucard in Germany directly and you will need to visit one of the German Missions in your country.

HOWEVER, I think you should contact your future employer to see if they can do anything to help. You should also make an appointment with your consulate NOW so that you at least have that. You can always cancel it later if you find another means of getting the application in (I don't think you will, but not sure).

ETA: if you are eligible for one of the exceptions outlined above, your employer should be able to file all the relevant paperwork ahead of your arrival which will speed the process along. I'm American so I could get my permits after arriving, so my employer submitted my diplomas and work history, etc. and confirmed the approval for the work permit. Then I just went to the Ausländerbehörde in Munich, registered myself as a resident, went upstairs and finished the paperwork for the residence permit/work permit. I did indeed get the permits the same day, but that was because my application paperwork had already been reviewed and approved ahead of my arrival. I never had to visit the German Mission in the US.

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I'm not sure if this would be en exception for Egyptians, but this rule applies to Brazilians and Italians alike:

You can only do these sort of things in the consulate that provides services to the region where you live. So if I need services from Italian consulate in Germany, I need to first register my residency here and then they will provide, otherwise they will tell me to go to Italy. Same for the Brazilian consulate.

This actually applies even to regions within the same country.

The only exceptions are emergencies (like lost passport while on a trip).

You might wanna call up the consulate that you want to go to and ask if you can use their services even before you register the residency (don't tell them you just want to skip the queue in your local consulate!)

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