Ithe new EU Blue Card law, it is specified in the instructions:

Flexibility to change employer - Complete a new test of the labour market if they wish to change employer or job position.

Can someone explain it what this means?

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Labour market test means checking whether someone who is already a resident could fill the position instead of the (future) EU blue card holder. The EU Blue Card system is only supposed to be used to hire hard-to-find highly qualified employees once local opportunities have been exhausted (where local means the whole EU labour market, not only EU citizens and not only residents of the region or country in question).

Concretely, this might take the form of an authorisation from some labour agency or an obligation for prospective employers to publish a job posting through official channels and see if qualified local applicants manifest themselves before being allowed to sponsor a Blue Card application.

For the first two years, you are basically treated as if you were coming directly from abroad. After that, you have more rights and more flexibility.

This stems from article 8 (2) of directive 2009/50/EC:

Before taking the decision on an application for an EU Blue Card, and when considering renewals or authorisations pursuant to Article 12(1) and (2) during the first two years of legal employment as an EU Blue Card holder, Member States may examine the situation of their labour market and apply their national procedures regarding the requirements for filling a vacancy.

Member States may verify whether the concerned vacancy could not be filled by national or Community workforce, by third-country nationals lawfully resident in that Member State and already forming part of its labour market by virtue of Community or national law, or by EC long-term residents wishing to move to that Member State for highly qualified employment in accordance with Chapter III of Directive 2003/109/EC.

  • i would like to know if it is possible to change job position from one Land into an other, without having problems. Because i am planing so start in Nuremberg and the transfer to Berlin after 6 month in another company Commented May 24, 2021 at 21:18
  • @agimsallaku Even switching employers in the same city is restricted, I don't think the province matters much. It's still possible but as explained in the answer, you need to qualify for the new position as if you were coming from abroad. If you do qualify (salary, qualifications), Germany doesn't apply a labour market test but you need to secure permission from the Ausländerbehörde. The difference is that after two years, you can change jobs as of right, without asking for permission.
    – Relaxed
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 22:11

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