I completed my Masters (IT) from Germany some weeks ago. By completion, I mean I got the grades of my final thesis. But the actual physical copy of the masters degree certificate will take some time to arrive (maybe a few months). Since I got a job offer starting from June, I applied for EU Blue card. But I received a rejection today saying that they need the degree certificate as that is a criteria for the Blue card application. During my application, I had provided a letter from my university stating that I have passed all my courses and the final certificate will take a few weeks to be prepared. I guess the letter was not enough to prove that I have passed my degree program and graduated.

Has anyone faced a similar issue? Can anyone please help as to why this might have happened?

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    isn't a bachelor's degree also sufficient for a blue card? May 8, 2023 at 15:13
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    Where exactly in Germany this happened? (i.e. which German state?), because as far as I know, the letter should be enough, assuming it was written by the appropriate authority in your Uni (the program director). Please add all relevant details.
    – Dr. Snoopy
    May 8, 2023 at 19:06
  • @user253751 I didn't submit my bachelor's degree because my job is based on my master's program (IT). My bachelors was in Electrical engineering.
    – yolo_ML
    May 8, 2023 at 20:04
  • @Dr.Snoopy I am in Bavaria. I also thought the same. The letter was from my Masters program coordinators. They are the one responsible for the academic-related requests/queries.
    – yolo_ML
    May 8, 2023 at 20:06
  • I suggest to ask them, they probably know what to do, its likely to be a mistake in the migration office. My experience is in NRW where I had many students use this kind of letter to obtain a new residence permit.
    – Dr. Snoopy
    May 8, 2023 at 20:11

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@Dr.Snoopy -- no, this is not correct. I had such a letter submitted, and I received notification (also in NRW, in Aachen in 2019) that they would not issue my Blue Card until I had the certificate at hand. So I had to wait until my certificate was available, and delay the start of my assignment by more than 2 months, before the Blue Card was issued. So yes, this situation is within norms.

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