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Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

I see here lots of questions regarding the Blue Card for Europe and Germany. I have been researching a lot about the blue card and work permit for the purpose of employment in Germany and so far, I ...
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Changing jobs after 6 months as a Blue Card holder

I have been working in Germany for 6 months as a software developer with my blue card. The company's name is not written on the card, but it is written on an extra paper that came with the card. I ...
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Can spouses apply for a resident permit within Germany?

As a Blue Card holder, if I marry after my resident permit is issued, can my spouse apply for his resident permit from within the territory of Germany? A little more background: My situation is "Can ...
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What are the permit implications of voluntarily leaving a job as a US citizen Blue Card-holder in Germany?

Here's more detail on my background: • I'm a US citizen living in Berlin, Germany • I was issued a Blue Card in November 2015 to work as a 'posted employee' for a US company. The Blue Card is valid ...
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Can I renew my blue card (from Germany) even if my passport expired?

I'm from a non-EU country and I have a blue card from Germany and I'm working there. Both my passport and the blue card are going to expire at the same time in a year from now. When my passport ...
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How to answer the question “Have you been refused entry into the Federal Republic of Germany?”

Please suggest regarding national visa application field no. "26. Have you been expelled or deported from Germany, had an application for a residence permit rejected, or been refused entry into the ...
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Blue card doubt and financial evidence

I hope someone can help me untangle this: Husband: Non-EU citizen, from Brazil. High qualified engineer. Wife: EU citizen - Portuguese. She is unemployed right now, taking care of our toddler. ...
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ZAB comparability statement for german EU blue card visa

I am a software engineer from Lahore, Pakistan with a job offer from a Munich based German company. I full-fill the requirements of an EU Blue-card which requires an initial work visa from my country ...
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Which German language test would be more recognized as demonstrating “command of the language” when applying for the blue card/permanent residency?

In the German Residence Act (Gesetz über den Aufenthalt, die Erwerbstätigkeit und die Integration von Ausländern im Bundesgebiet), it is stated in Section 9 that to obtain a permanent settlement ...
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Do you need a Degree to apply for the EU Blue Card?

If a non-european citizen wants to apply to the EU Blue Card, such person does need a (University) degree to prove its qualifications? I am a software developer with more than 10 years of experience, ...
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Does the 21 months of period is calculated from the start of the Blue card application date or issued date for Niederlassungserlaubnis?

After completion of my masters in Germany, I got a job in June 2018. I applied for a blue card but it took six months for ABH to issue it, so the date on the blue card is from December 2018. But, for ...
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How do I apply for EU Blue Card after receiving job offer from Germany?

I have received a job offer from Germany and currently in the process of applying for visa. My employer has asked me to apply for visa to obtain a residence permit under act 18 (which is for ...
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Obtaining an EU Blue Card with No Degree (Opening a current US Company)

From reading online it looks like i need the following: Usually the employee must have a university degree or comparable qualification. For some positions there are special requirements. I don't ...
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Getting the Permanent Residence Permit In Germany with and without the Blue Card

In this question I asked about new conditions or changes for the blue card: Are there new conditions for Getting the EU Blue Card in Germany? Now I want to know, if I don't have the blue card, and I ...
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Blue card in Germany for a gay couple married in Denmark

I got a job offer from a German company who are ready to sponsor my blue card/work permit for Germany. I am gay and I want to take my partner (husband) with me. We got married in Denmark which allows ...
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Would founding a company by E-residency (in Estonia) create a conflict with my Blue Card in Germany?

As far as I know, I don't have rights to found a company while working under Blue Card permit in Germany. I've been working full-time with my Blue Card permit close to two years, and I don't have ...
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German embassy asking for ZAB degree evaluation certificate

I am currently residing in Pakistan. I applied for a long term visa at German embassy on 21st of October and got a call today from the embassy to get my degree verified from ZAB. Although my degree is ...
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The visa before German Blue Card

I applied for a blue card at the embassy of Germany in London. I got a visa for 6 months. The lady working there told me this is temporary and that when I arrive to Hamburg I can collect my blue card. ...
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Can an international Blue Card holder take his non registered partner with him?

A little more of background. Two non EU citizens (Serbia) Been in a relationship for 4 years Any form of same sex relationship not recognized in Citizenship Country One partner gets the Blue Card in ...
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Does my Spanish work permit relate to an EU Blue Card?

I've been scouring the Internet for an answer to my situation but have come up short. I am a non-EU citizen currently in Spain under Highly Qualified based on the Law 14/2013. I've been told that ...
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Diploma for blue card in Germany

I have received a job offer in Germany, I from Brazil, I would like to know if my diploma affects my application, since it is a 2 and half year diploma well recognized in Brazil of formal education (...
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Work permit for spouse of EU Blue card holder in Luxembourg

My wife will be joining a company for work in Luxembourg soon and she will get an EU Blue Card. I will also be applying for a residence permit and assume that I will also qualify for a blue card by ...
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What is the difference between Employment card and Blue card of Czech Republic ?

Need to travel to Prague for employment. I'm very confused about whether I should I apply for a blue card or an Employment card
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Eligible for German Blue Card. University is H+ on Anabin. However B.A.LL.B is not

B.A.LL.B is quite a popular degree in India, being issued since the 80s. Although my university is H+ the degree it issued is not. Do I need to write to ZAB? Any suggestions on a workaround?
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What are the things I should do after getting into Germany?

I recently got the type D Visa for the employment purpose. Now I'm confused. What are the things I shall be doing after entering Germany. When I checked my visa I could see the above lines being ...
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Work from Prague while being employed in German company and German blue card

I am working in a German company and have the blue card here (less than one year). There is an on-site project in Prague for at least 6 months which I am interested in. So my question is: Can I ...
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EU Blue Card - Working for a German company while living outside of EU

I have had an EU Blue Card for a couple of years and was working as an employee for a German company while living in Germany during that time. At the moment, I'm interested to move out of Germany to ...
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What are the necessary procedures (unregistering, etc) to follow when leaving Germany as an expat?

I am not an EU national, but I hold the passport of a country which is in the Schengen area. I have been living in Germany since 2012 and hold a residence permit (permanent starting June 2019) and ...
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An Immigrant Wants to Work in Germany as a Contractor -?

After two years living in Germany, working as a Software Engineer, I have been aggressively contacted by recruiters with Contract Jobs, paying rates around 700 EUR per day. However I have no EU ...
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Time for changing jobs with Blue Card

I have a Blue Card valid for 4 years, starting 2017, ending 2020. No employer is written on card or Zusatzblatt. After 15 months of working for my first employer, I'm changing employment. If I change ...
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ZAB degree assessment initial review for blue card

I received a job offer for a Software Developer position in Germany. I was asked by the German Embassy to get a ZAB assessment of my bachelor's degree in order for them to grant me a work visa. After ...
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Can my german employer rollback my promotion? [closed]

I am currently working in the IT industry holding a blue card and after one and a half year, I received a promotion, which also included a salary raise. I got to know about this promotion via e-mail ...
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Driver's License in European Union

I am living in German - German Resident. I am not from Europe, I am from Brazil. Is there a way to get a driver's license in other European country? So that it is maybe faster and it would still be ...
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Can my two years of Dutch “highly skilled migrant” visa count towards a Blue Card?

I have been woking in the Netherlands for the last two years on a Dutch Highly Skilled Migrant visa, the conditions for which are very similar to that of the EU "Blue Card". I understand that if I ...
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Regaining the right of residence in Germany (Niederlassungserlaubnis) after a long absence

I have a unique situation. I graduated from a German University and was working full-time for three years post graduation. During this time I received the EU Blue Card and later the ...
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Turn into a freelancer and travel the world with a blue card

Almost 10 months ago, I got my blue card and came to Germany to work as a software architect with a very good salary (+ 100k EU) and started my journey in a new city. I'm considering working for ...
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Eligible for Germany bluecard with a non-anabin-listed degree and a H+/- university?

I'm in the process of applying for a German 3 months work permit in order to be able to apply for a Blue Card. One of the requirements, as the embassy states, is that the university degree should be ...
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Apply for Blue card from Home country & the documents required for it

I'm currently applying for a job in Germany. A company asked me to apply for Blue Card so that I'm eligible to work in Germany. Since I'm residing in Pakistan, I'm not sure how to proceed with this ...
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How to inform foreign office in Germany regarding Blue card when leaving Germany?

I am working in Germany since February, 2016 and I have a blue card which is valid till 2020. Due to some reasons am resigning my current job and leaving Germany permanently and moving back to my home ...
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Does my having a pending criminal charge (small parking damage - classified as hit and run) affect my wife's family reunion visa?

I have received a letter from police saying i scratched a car's door while opening my door in parking and left the scene and according to german law its a criminal offense. Since no injury was ...
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Non-EU citizen with EU Blue Card working outside EU but with address in Germany

I am in a weird situation here and need your advice. I am an EU Blue Card holder and I currently work for a company in Germany. I would like to go back to my home country but remain working remotely ...
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Do you and your family apply for a German visa simultaneously if you have a job offer that entitles you to a Blue Card?

I have a job offer from a German company, and I am currently preparing my papers to apply for a visa (Blue card). I am married and would like to know if both my spouse and I can apply at the same time ...
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Will my Bachelor's degree be recognized if it's missing in the Anabin database?

So I have just submitted my documents for EU blue card in Germany. I hold a Bachelor's of Science degree from a H+ Doctoral university from USA. But my major - Computer Engineering is not in the ...
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I found a new Job, higher salary - Changing Employers under the Germany's Regular work permit

I work and live in Germany. I am receiving an offer from another employer in Germany. I am an IT Specialist, and this offer is within IT Field. However I don't hold a blue card, because I don't ...
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National visa expiring before applying for EU Blue Card

I am working in Germany for 4 months with national visa and currently in process of applying for an EU Blue card. Unfortunately I got an appointment only in December 1st week of 2018 and my national ...
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Leaving Germany for 1 year EU Blue Card Status

I have an EU Blue Card with my wife and two children (they are here due to family reunion) based in Munich. I have read that EU Blue card is valid for one year if you stay in a non EU country. If you ...
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Applying for Blue card in Germany - Change in Employment contract date

I have applied for Employment visa from India with first week of July as Employment start date. I have got the visa for first 3 months and moved to Germany. Since there is a delay in starting the ...
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Is there any possibility to obtain German Citizenship before 6 years without marriage?

I read many times that the minimum requirement for period lived in Germany is 8 years and can be dropped to 6 years (I am talking about non-married to German citizen). My question is, can this be by ...
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Blue Card additional sheet restrictions - employer name

I am a non-EU citizen currently working in Germany as a software engineer. I entered Germany with an entry visa on which it says "Blaue Karte" and my employer name, and that happened in February. I ...
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Drug testing in Germany - Blue card

I come from a country where a certain drug is legal and recreationally used. I will be traveling to Germany in the following weeks on National visa to start a new job there. Afterwards, I will then be ...