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I am a software engineer with

  • 9 years of experience in India and
  • a Bachelor's degree recognized in Germany in the same domain

moving to Germany for 1 year, for an "on site" role. My employer create a German contract and will apply for a work permit for me, which i assume will be valid for 1 year. My salary is supposed to be about 60-65K EUR.

My questions are:

  1. Will my work permit be a Blue Card by default ? If not, can I apply for it during my 1 year in Germany?

  2. Will I be able to change employers in Germany while on work permit/blue card?

It would be helpful if someone can also point me to the correct official resources where I can get this information.

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1) No, the Blue Card application is not automatic. It must be applied for at the Cousulate when the initial visa is applied for.

  • if you fulfill the main conditions (salary is fulfilled)

In your case (assuming you lac a degree) proof of a minimal 5 years experience in the profession may be sufficient, but is only a Option.
(the guidelines imply that this is an exception and not the rule for a Blue Card)

  • the exact form of this proof is not stated in the guidelines
  • English probably, preferably with a German summary
    • maybe your employer could help with that in a letter form

Note: the final decision is made at the local Foreigners office, so something in German, may ease the decision process


When a positive decision has been made for the Blue Card, a standard national D-Visa (6 months) will be issued, which will be replaced with a Blue Card in Germany.

The Blue Card would then be valid for either

  • 4 years or
  • length of contract plus 3 months

A permanent visa will be issued after

  • 33 months or
  • 21 months with B1 certified German knowledge

2) Until you receive a permanent permit, permission must be obtained before any change of employer is done


A general discription (in German) Was ist die Blaue Karte EU/EU Blue Card?

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