14 votes

Changing jobs after 6 months as a Blue Card holder

It is possible, but you will need permission. You can freely change jobs on a Blue Card if you have already been in the country for two years. Prior to this two year period, you will need to gain ...
user avatar
  • 575
14 votes
Accepted

How to answer the question "Have you been refused entry into the Federal Republic of Germany?"

If you're not certain whether to mention something, you should mention it. It's not like they don't know about it; they will have it in their records. If you don't mention it, you will appear ...
user avatar
  • 19.4k
10 votes
Accepted

What are the permit implications of voluntarily leaving a job as a US citizen Blue Card-holder in Germany?

OK, I wasn't able to find an answer to my question through my own research, so I sought out 2 different lawyers and paid each of them about 100 EUR for a consultation (which amounted to an hour in an ...
user avatar
10 votes

Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

If one wants to have a residence permit for the purpose of employment (if this is your main purpose of getting the residence permit) in Germany, it could be issued based on 2 paragraphs of the "...
user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

Do you need a Degree to apply for the EU Blue Card?

A university degree is pretty much required. Formally, what's required by the relevant EU directive are “higher professional qualifications” defined as ‘higher professional qualifications’ means ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
7 votes

Diploma for blue card in Germany

Your degree Tecnólogo em Análise e Desenvolvimento de Sistemas listed in the Anabin database, which is used to compare foreign degrees to German ones. This database is checked by immigration officers ...
user avatar
  • 670
7 votes
Accepted

Getting the Permanent Residence Permit In Germany with and without the Blue Card

After 5 years, you will become a “long-term resident” under EU law but it does not make all that much of a difference. After 5 years, you can also apply for a Niederlassungserlaubnis but there are a ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
7 votes
Accepted

Which German language test would be more recognized as demonstrating "command of the language" when applying for the blue card/permanent residency?

I'm afraid the only valid answer is to see your Ausländerbehörde and ask them. From my experience, they will accept all kinds of certificates, because they will run their own simple test even if you ...
user avatar
  • 1,949
6 votes

Which German language test would be more recognized as demonstrating "command of the language" when applying for the blue card/permanent residency?

2019 Update: The Bundestag made a clarification in August 2018, in which they explicitly stated that a level of B1 suffices for the "ausreichende Kenntnisse derdeutschen Sprache" specified in § 10 Abs....
user avatar
  • 702
6 votes

Blue card in Germany for a gay couple married in Denmark

Yes A blue card allows for your spouse and relatives to accompany you. A "spouse" always means "spouse or registered partner", which is Germany's way of saying "It's a same ...
user avatar
  • 1,949
6 votes
Accepted

Can we directly apply for EU Blue card, or do I need a work visa for Germany? [Software professional] [India] [Have Job offer]

I managed to figure this out after a couple of emails to the German consulate. The answer is: No, we can't apply for a Blue card directly; but once we have a German national visa, and we travel to ...
user avatar
  • 190
5 votes

German embassy asking for ZAB degree evaluation certificate

There are three "equivalence categories" in the anabin database: Bedingt vergleichbar, Entspricht, and Gleichwertig. Based on your comments, the entry for your diploma mentions a German 3-year ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
5 votes
Accepted

Obtaining an EU Blue Card with No Degree (Opening a current US Company)

No, you cannot. Both the EU directive and German law include a provision to allow the authorities to exempt applicants from the education requirement based on their professional experience but the ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
5 votes

ZAB comparability statement for german EU blue card visa

Since I have come back from German Embassy and no one else has posted an answer yet, I would try to summarize my findings in case it helps someone. So basically German Embassy needs the equivalence ...
user avatar
  • 221
5 votes

An Immigrant Wants to Work in Germany as a Contractor -?

First of all, I would for sure not quit your job unless you are sure you will receive the resident permit for self-employed work. Expect it to be a long process, depending on what kind of residence ...
user avatar
  • 479
5 votes

Would founding a company by E-residency (in Estonia) create a conflict with my Blue Card in Germany?

If you are close to two years with a BlueCard and you also know German language, you can apply for permanent residence permit already (after 21 months with BlueCard), which will allow you to register ...
user avatar
5 votes

What are the necessary procedures (unregistering, etc) to follow when leaving Germany as an expat?

Due to the complexity of this single topic, I will sub-devide the answer in the (hopefully) correct order. Foreigners office (Ausländerbehörde) : Aufenthaltsgesetz (2018) §51(7) Regulates what ...
user avatar
  • 4,178
5 votes
Accepted

What is the difference between “Talent Passport/ICT” and “Passport Talent” in visa category?

Those are indeed different categories, with slightly different rights and requirements: Salarié détaché/ICT only applies to people transferring internally within the same company/group. I don't see ...
user avatar
  • 4,734
5 votes

Staying in Germany for long period on permanent residency (Niederlassungserlaubnis) without working

This is basically two different questions: is residency allowed is naturalisation allowed under your proposed conditions? Residency Can I quit my current work in Germany, but still stay here on ...
user avatar
  • 4,178
4 votes
Accepted

Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

It depends where you live actually. But pretty much this link can be useful somehow: https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/326856/en/
user avatar
4 votes

Blue card doubt and financial evidence

Just to reinforce what the others said. Me and my wife are from Brazil, and we live in Luxembourg. I had to apply to blue card. However, I have a co-worker from Brazil who came in the same situation ...
user avatar
  • 91
4 votes

Can I renew my blue card (from Germany) even if my passport expired?

In general, you can renew your passport before it expires if you have the right documents. Do that in your embassy in Germany. Tell your local Auslaenderbehoerde that you are going to do that. Your ...
user avatar
  • 309
4 votes

How do I apply for EU Blue Card after receiving job offer from Germany?

EU Blue Card: Live & Work in Europe explains how and what to do If You Have Found a Job in Germany. If you have already found a job – either while in your home country or while in Germany, then ...
user avatar
  • 4,588
4 votes

Can my german employer rollback my promotion?

Generally speaking, a promotion and a salary increase are extensions to your contract that must be accepted by both parties in writing. This is no big deal normally, both sign the extra page, the ...
user avatar
  • 1,949
4 votes
Accepted

Is a Polish bluecard transferable to Germany (and other EU countries)?

There are two benefits of the Blue card that are intended to make moving between countries easier: You can move first and apply within a month (as opposed to waiting out the whole procedure before ...
user avatar
  • 17.3k
4 votes
Accepted

Is it possible to maintain the permanent residence in EU and continue to live in your origin non-EU country

Generally speaking, permanent residence is only valid for duration of your continued residence in the country in question. If you were to resettle abroad, you would lose your permanent residence after ...
user avatar
  • 326
4 votes

ZAB degree assessment initial review for blue card

TL;DR: What ZAB is answering you is that given their initial screening of documents they will most likely not consider your degree equivalent to a German university degree. That is also why they are ...
user avatar
  • 615
4 votes
Accepted

Time for changing jobs with Blue Card

If you rely on your savings solely, it's six months. The blue card is connected to having a job, whether there is an employer given already or not – if you have no employer noted on the card, it just ...
user avatar
  • 741
4 votes

Regaining the right of residence in Germany (Niederlassungserlaubnis) after a long absence

You need to ask the corresponding Ausländerbehörde (before trying to enter Germany). A good idea would be to mention some personal issues that were the reason for you to leave Germany (because it ...
user avatar
4 votes

Can I renew my blue card (issued in Germany) after moving to Switzerland for work

Will it be possible to renew the blue card from Switzerland? No. It's not possible to reside or work in Switzerland using the German Blue card either. Is there is alternative to the blue card in ...
user avatar
  • 4,734

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible