Pathway to Success: Navigating Germany's Skilled Worker Program

Pathway to Success: Navigating Germany’s Skilled Worker Program

Germany desperately needs skilled workers to curb labour shortages across its key industries. If you want to live and work in Germany, you need a valid work permit for “qualified employment”. However, for most non-EU nationals, the first step is to enter Germany through a job seeker visa or a skilled worker program in Germany. In this article, you will learn about the visa requirements you need to secure a residence permit in Germany.


It’s worth noting that on July 7 2023, the government of Germany tabled a new immigration law, which included several changes to facilitate the smooth entry and integration of skilled workers from third countries. The new Skilled Immigration Act also opens up more possibilities for qualified foreigners to enter Germany for recognition of qualifications obtained abroad. The law also offers numerous benefits regarding salary restrictions, family reunions, changing employers, etc.


The new regulations have come into force from November 18, 2023:


  • Highly qualified and talented skilled workers from non-EU countries will have more immigration possibilities with an EU Blue Card Germany program.
  • Salary thresholds have been significantly lowered to just under €40,000 ($43,500) for shortage occupations, known as “bottleneck occupations”; the cut-off for other occupations has been levelled at €44,000.
  • IT specialists can obtain an EU Blue Card without any professional degree, provided they have at least three years of experience.
  • Skilled workers with professional experience or academic training who meet all eligibility requirements can apply for a residence. Moreover, they are exempted from having their qualifications recognized in Germany if they have at least two years of full-time work experience.
  • Germany will introduce a new points-based “Opportunity Card” in June 2024 for skilled workers with an equivalent foreign education. This facility will help them enter the German labor force for a year to seek job opportunities, as long as they have sufficient funds to manage their expenses.


These latest changes in the Germany skilled worker program will unlock endless opportunities for non-EU workers and German employers, specifically in tech, finance, healthcare, hospitality, and education.


Documents you need to move to Germany as a skilled worker


To apply for a skilled workers visa in Germany, you need the following documents:

  • Evidence of completing a vocational training programme recognised in Germany or hold a university degree recognised in Germany.
  • A valid job offer for a qualified job from a German-based company.
  • Prove that you will earn at least €48.180 gross per year (as of 2023).


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