The EU Blue Card is a residence title designed to facilitate and promote the immigration of highly qualified third-country nationals to Germany. The EU Blue Card is for people traveling to Germany directly from a non-EU-member state, or people who already reside in Germany with a different residence title, or already have an EU Blue Card from another EU-member state. You can obtain an EU Blue Card if you meet the following requirements:
- Completed post-secondary studies (if the degree was obtained from an institute outside of Germany, it must be either recognized or comparable with a degree from a Germany university or college)
- Employment contract or binding job offer, and
- An annual minimum gross salary (the current annual minimum gross salary can be found at www.bamf.de/blauekarte)
For professions in need in Germany such as engineers, mathematicians or physicians, a lower annual minimum gross salary applies. In such a case, the EU Blue Card can be issued only with the approval of the Germany employment office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). Exceptions are made if the academic credentials were obtained in Germany.