I am a software engineer from Russia with 2 years of work experience,a Masters in Data Science at Skoltech univesity and a job offer from Germany. My university is listed as H+/- in the Anabin database. I was going to apply for a Blue Card, and it seems like it might take up to 6 months:
- up to 3 months to get my diploma certified at ZAB
- up to 3 months to get the Blue Card approved
I wonder if I could start working sooner, in particular:
- there is a fast-track procedure for specialists. Will it help speed up a Blue Card application or will it be more trouble than it's worth?
- can I start working sooner using a different visa?
The German work permit provides the same working rights as a Blue Card without the requirement of a university degree. As a developer, if your salary is within the average range for your role and your employer can justify their choice to hire you over a local applicant, you are likely eligible for this working visa.
I considered applying to PhD and doing an internship but it won't really speed up the process as PhDs only start in September, and I don't want to risk not getting accepted into a PhD program.
Is there any other option that I'm missing?