I am planning to move to Germany with a job offer lined up, and consequently the EU Blue card, and I am wondering what the rules are on working multiple jobs at the same time. I am thinking of doing some remote work for clients in the US on a part time basis and I am not sure if that is allowed within the first 18 months on the Blue Card. The second job could be a self-employment. Any suggestions?
The BlueCard would be only one of several problems. If one will be an employee, I'm not sure if US companies can hire him/her as employee in Germany (then they might need to be legally presented here, or he/she needs a service company in-between). Besides that, one may need a permission from his/her main employer in Germany to work for others or himself/herself in parallel.
However, both are theoretically doable.
- First, it makes sense to get a permission from the main employer for self-employment job outside of working hours (i.e., double-check the contract).
- Second, it is worse asking Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) about giving a separate permission for founding a company.
- I'm not sure about international regulations about living and physically being in Germany and working for your own company in US --> this might be rather complicated, and one might need to consult a lawyer and tax advisor.
- Besides Blue Card, there are other forms of residence permits (at least 3 for the purpose of employment, and at least one more for the purpose of founding a company), it is possible to select them instead.
P.S. I'm not a lawyer.